CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Stars and Stripes Burlap PillowCan you believe that it’s almost the 4th of July? I have been thinking about making a pillow for the occasion but had not been able to find the just-right fabric that I wanted. But then yesterday, when I walked into Walmart, the heavens opened up and a ray of light fell on bolts of burlap in both the stars and the stripes patterns! ♪♫ Ahhhhhhhh! ♪♫ (Cue the choir!) I already knew exactly what I was going to do!

img57cAnd here is my inspiration…Pottery Barn’s American flag pillow cover! But, as you can see, I made a few changes. I decided to let the stripes run vertically rather than horizontally since I think that did a better job of suggesting the American flag. And I loved the burlap rather than the canvas since it has more of a vintage look.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Stars and Stripes Burlap PillowI simply pieced the stars and stripes together, allowing the stars to cover 1/3 of my pillow cover front and the stripes the other 2/3 of the cover. I allowed a total measurement of the pillow insert plus one inch for the seam.  Since my pillow insert (a $3.00 Goodwill find) was 18 inches, the star portion was approximately 6 1/2 inches wide and the stripes were 12 1/2 inches wide. I was careful to center the stars and the stripes so that they appear in their entirety…no partial stars or stripes showing.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Poetry Pillow and Envelope Closure TutorialFor the pillow back, I used burlap to create an envelope-style pillow closure. You will find a detailed tutorial here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Stars and Stripes Burlap Pillow Then I simply sewed the two sides together, popped in the pillow insert and…taaa daaa! I love it! It’s easy to over-do holiday décor for me and the vintage look is a better fit in my home.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fun Ideas for the 4th of July And just in case you are looking for some more fun last-minute ideas for the 4th of July, check out these great projects that were shared at The Scoop by clicking here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy No-Bake Strawberry Tunnel Cake And if you need a super-easy last minute summery dessert, here’s my no-bake strawberry tunnel cake! It’s festive and yummy and will not heat up your kitchen! 

cat tv As for the staff, they are very busy checking out Cat TV and the new programming on the Chipmunk Channel!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing my stars and stripes burlap pillow! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants. 
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Tuesday, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays ,  French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
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