Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"Give Thanks" burlap pillow

I'm going to re-post this tutorial now that Halloween is over and we can focus on Thanksgiving. You'll have to use your imagination and pretend that the "Boo" says "give thanks". I originally took pics for the "Boo" and "Boo Y'all" pillows, but the directions are the same except for the phrase.

Step One: Print out your word or phrase that you want on your pillow. Enlarge the word/phrase on a copy machine. (My home copy machine does not enlarge so I my print -outs it to the local Office Max self-serve copy machine).

Step Two: You can either trace your word/phrase onto freezer paper, or cut your freezer paper to 8 1/2 x 11 and run it through your home copy machine. (see more info about this in an earlier post by clicking HERE).

Step Three: Using your handy dandy Exacto knife, cut out your word/phrase from the freezer paper. With the waxy side facing the burlap, iron the freezer paper into place. I usually iron my big piece first, then add the "island pieces".
Step Four: Using regular acrylic paint and a sponge brush, carefully paint the inside of the stencil. Don't forget to put a piece of paper between the two layers to prevent the paint from bleeding through.

Step Five: Carefully remove the freezer paper. It is not necessary to wait until the paint dries.

Step Six: Enjoy!!

To see how to make the actual pillow with the self-fringe, click HERE.

I'm linking to Today's Creative Blog and A Soft Place to Land,


  1. Love the Give Thanks pillow! So adorable!

  2. I love your give thanks pillow--maybe you will post it to the Celebrate the Holidays party on Wed that I actually put up on Tues nights-that would be tonight.


  3. Love the pillow - Give Thanks is great!


  4. VERY NICE! It is super cute too...I like it long like that. :)

  5. Love your pillows!! They look so professional!

  6. love that idea! so does the freezer paper have some kind of adhesive to make it stick to fabric? I've noticed other bloggers using it as well.

    thanks for the tutorial!


  7. I really like the Give Thanks pillow. It's harder to find cute Thanksgiving items.

  8. Tiffany, I love this pillow too! I didn't know you lived in Auburn, but I have to say, it has to be one of the best places in the world to live! I did notice that on Where the Green Grass Grows your children were wearing UGA clothes-I guess between AU, UGA, and UA there are too many options of great teams! Thanks for the sweet post on my blog and have a great Friday!

  9. I featured your wonderful give thanks pillow on my blog today! I will definitely be making one of these! Thanks for the inspiration. Pop over to my blog and pick up a button and brag that I featured you! You deserve it!!!

  10. So cute! I will have to try this! Thanks for the great idea!

  11. These are so cute! I'm going to have to get me some of that freezer paper, everyone is using it! :)

  12. This was great! Even a novice like me was able to manage it. Thanks!

  13. I love this! Can't wait to try my hand at making one. Or ten. lol

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