Burlap and Butterflies Pillow and Table Runner

By  Barbara Matthiessen 

Something other than a sack made from burlap? You bet! Stamp butterflies onto burlap to create this pillow and table runner, plus learn the trick to cutting straight, even edges on burlap fabric!

  • Burlap and Butterflies Pillow and Table Runner
  • Closeup View


  • Natural burlap fabric, 36”- or 45”-wide, 2 yds.
  • White cotton fringe, 4” long, 3-1/4 yds.
  • Pillow form, 16” square


  • Stamps: butterfly, fern
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Colors White Acrylic Paint
  • Fabric-painting medium
  • Glaze sponge
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, iron and pressing surface, ruler
  • Sizes
  • 1. Sizes are: pillow, 16" square; runner, 21"x35".
  • Pillow/Table Runner
  • 1. Apply adhesive to cut edges of burlap; let dry. Wash burlap in hot water without fabric softener. Press to remove wrinkles.
  • 2. For straight-edge cutting guide, pull two threads across width of burlap; cut along line. Measure 18" from straight edge and pull two threads across width again for 18"-wide fabric piece.
  • 3. For pillow, cut two 18" squares from burlap. Cut 21"x35" rectangle for runner, using same thread-pulling method for straight edges.
  • 4. Follow manufacturer's instructions to mix paint with fabric-painting medium. Use sponge to apply paint to stamp. Stamp runner and one pillow square. See Tip.
  • 5. To assemble the pillow, pin fringe around edges of stamped pillow square, with fringe ends toward center. (Note: Gather fringe slightly in corners to prevent puckering.) Pin remaining square to pillow.
  • 6. Sew pillow together with 5/8" seams, leaving 12" of one side open for turning. Trim corners close to stitching and turn right side out. Insert pillow form; slipstitch opening closed.
  • 7. Zigzag or overcast stitch around runner edges. Press 1" to wrong side along 35" edges; straight stitch in place. Pin fringe along 19" edges, wrapping ends around to back side; topstitch in place.
  • Tip
  • 1. Practice stamping on scrap burlap. Mark center with pin. Press stamp firmly, then lift straight up; do not rock from side to side.