Punch Needle Burlap Pillow

By  Sandy Rollinger 

size: 12"x12"


  • Pillow form, 12”x12”
  • DMC Khaki Punch Needle Embroidery Fabric, 10”x10”
  • Suede fabric, 8”x28”: tan, brown
  • Ribbon, 30” length: burlap, 3”-wide; gold, 1”-wide
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: Brown Black (3371), Light Mahogany (3776), Deep Canary (972), Medium Rosewood (3858)


  • Punch needle with single floss needle
  • DMC Gold Handled Stainless Steel Embroidery Scissors
  • Sewing machine with coordinating threads
  • Interlocking embroidery hoop, 6”
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • ruler, pencil, scissors, transfer pencil and paper, fine-tip black permanent marker, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Pattern - Punch Needle Burlap Pillow

  • 1. Note: For this project, thread colors will be abbreviated as follows: Brown Black (BB), Light Mahogany (LTM), Deep Canary (DC), Medium Rosewood (MDR). Use single strand of floss throughout.
  • 2. Print out pattern. Transfer leaf pattern onto punch needle fabric. Stretch cloth onto embroidery hoop, keeping taut. (Note: Fabric may need to be adjusted several times before design is filled in.)
  • 3. Set punch needle to low-loop setting. Thread strand of BB floss into punch needle. Outline outside edge of leaf, inner leaf, and vein area. Punch around each at least four times.
  • 4. Switch to MDR floss and fill in next area from leaf edge. Replace floss as needed to finish area.
  • 5. Switch to LTM and fill in next area. Finish center using DC floss.
  • 6. Keep finished design in hoop and apply glue to punched flat area; let dry. (Note: Loop side will be visible finished side.)
  • 7. Remove fabric from hoop; carefully cut out leaf, keeping close to stitching line but not cutting through it. Trim loose threads from looped side. Cover punch needle fabric at edges using black marker.
  • 8. With right sides together, machine-sew suede fabric panels together lengthwise using 1/2" seam. Press seam open using iron on low-heat setting. Sew 1/2" hem on both short ends.
  • 9. Position sewn suede panel on work surface with right side facing up. Fold short hemmed ends toward center, overlapping ends until main panel section against work surface is 12" wide; pin raw edges together. Sew pinned sides together using 1" seam. Trim seams to approximately 1/2" after sewing.
  • 10. Turn pillow pocket right side out. Place pillow form inside pocket.
  • 11. Adhere burlap ribbon around pillow, covering seam between suede panels as shown, overlapping edges on back. Let dry. Repeat using gold ribbon on center of burlap ribbon; let dry.
  • 12. Adhere leaf medallion to center of pillow using fabric glue. Let dry.