I took this picture this morning.
Just about an hour ago.
I literally couldn’t help it. I had other plans for this post that involved photographing this burlap bingo pillow on the back porch with coral and white pillows and then I was drinking my coffee and staring at the morning sun peeking over the back meadow and it was so beautiful.
A simple morning in the country.
And I ran with bare feet and blonde hair flying clutching my bingo pillow across the green grass to photograph it here.
Just so I could send a little bit of the morning sunshine and smell of green grass and crickets chirping to you.
Here’s a little closer view of the pillow.
I made it with a stencil my incredible, funny, creative, junky friend Donna sent me.
And when the stencil showed up at my house, I knew it would make the perfect burlap bingo card pillow.
Here’s how I made it (and some stenciling tips along the way).
Start with burlap
Please remember that all burlap is not created equal.
You want to choose a nice burlap for this project. Be a little choosy with your burlap and pick one with a close weave and a warm, burlapy color.
The tighter weave will hold the paint so much better.
Here’s the stencil
I chose the larger size stencil for the pillow.
Cut out the burlap around the stencil to size your pillow.
The stencil already has an edge (see all that white) so you don’t want to leave too much of a border.
I left about an inch on all sides.
Then cut another piece of burlap to match.
Transfer the design using a stencil
Here’s a few tips for making sure your stencil turns out perfectly.
1. Less paint is so much better.
Dip your brush into the paint and blot on a paper towel. Then blot some more. Then when you think you don’t really have any paint on the brush, you’re ready.
Repeat after me. Less is more. Less is more. Less is more (except when it comes to lipstick).
2. Pounce the paint.
Use the brush up and down straight on and tap it over and over and over again.
Don’t wipe it side to side, that will push paint under your stencil.
3. When you have finished applying the paint, pause.
Look at your stencil to make sure all the paint is applied evenly.
Make sure you didn’t put more paint on one side of the stencil than the other.
You cannot go back once you remove the stencil. Don’t even think about it. You’ll want to think about it. Don’t.
4. Wash your stencil when you are done.
Like don’t pause.
Take the stencil and spray it down.
You might want another pillow or sign or gift for someone for Christmas and you’ll thank yourself later when you pull out the stencil to use it.
Sew the pillow.
Sew the black pom pom fringe to one piece of the burlap.
Or not if you’re not a pom pom fringe type of person. No pom pom judgement here.
Then sew both sides of the burlap together with the stenciled side facing inward.
Make sure to leave an opening when you sew it. Turn right side out, stuff and stitch close.
Here’s one more look at the pillow.
And the back meadow.
This post was brought to you by Thursday morning.
Preferably with a meadow, sunshine and bare feet. 🙂
PS I just found this post from over three years the first time I photographed a piece of furniture in the field. It made me laugh out loud and shows nothing’s really changed around here.
PPS If bingo cards aren’t really your thing, you can see all Donna’s other stencil designs here.
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