I love the look of rustic fabrics paired with feminine lace, so I decided a burlap envelope pillow cover, with attached lace doilies, would create the perfect accent for a country rustic living room. Burlap can be a little intimidating to sew, as it ravels and frays quite easily. Not to worry, the pieces are small enough to endure handling, and a smaller stitch length will help secure the seams. This project uses a purchased pillow insert, but you could also make your own custom-sized insert.
Things You Will Need:
Lace doilies and/or lace bits
Measure your pillow insert from seam to seam. Add 1-inch to both the width and the length measurement. My pillow measured 15 inches wide by 20 inches long, so my measurement was 16 inches wide by 21 inches long.
Cut one front piece from burlap exactly the same size as your measurements. The back is made of two pieces that will overlap. Divide the length measurement of the pillow in half. Cut one piece the width of the pillow by the half-length measurement. Cut the other piece the width of the pillow by the half-length, plus 5 inches. This will allow for hemming and overlap.
Lay the front piece on your work surface. Arrange lace doilies or bits of lace on the burlap. Pin the pieces in place.
Thread your sewing machine with thread that matches or blends with your lace. Top stitch the lace to the burlap.
Lay one pillow back piece on your work surface. The two longer sides are actually the width of your pillow. The shorter sides are the half-lengths. Choose which side will be the wrong side of the burlap. Fold 1/2 inch of one long side to the wrong side of the burlap and press. Fold over another 1/2 inch, press and pin. Using thread that matches the burlap, sew the pinned hem. Repeat on the other pillow back piece.
Lay the pillow front on your work surface with the front side facing up. Place the smaller of the back pieces on the pillow front, matching the raw edges. The hemmed edge will lay across the burlap, and will not match an edge. Place the remaining back piece on the opposite end of the front cover. The hemmed edges will overlap.
Pin the pillow back pieces to the edges of the pillow front. Sew the pinned edges all the way around the pillow using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
Turn the envelope pillow cover right side out through the overlap in the back. Slip the pillow insert into the cover.
If you prefer a softer, squishier pillow, open one seam of the insert and remove some of the stuffing. When satisfied with the plumpness, stitch the seam closed again.