Daily Archives: September 29, 2013

No-Sew (Unless You Want To!) Burlap Coffee Sack Pillow!!

Since I’m feeling a bit “up” the last few days and autumn is upon us, I’m decorating for the new season and trying to use all the odds and ends I’ve been collecting. As I referenced in yesterday’s post, my aunt got me some coffee sacks to use as decorations. I decided to turn one into a pillow. I’ll give you my extremely informal how to (complete with screw ups) so you can create one for yourself!

I started with checking which sack I wanted to use, then headed to the craft store. When you make the pillow with a form, you can use whatever size or shape you want, but since I can’t sew and wasn’t sure exactly what I was doing, I got a 16×16″ square. The burlap is going to fray and it isn’t soft, so this isn’t really a “cuddle” or bed pillow, it’s going to go on my loveseat. I got a remnant of fabric for the back of the pillow (and for a bit of softness) and I grabbed no-sew heat and bond tape. It’s essentially heat-activated fabric glue strips, which makes me happy because I only know one stitch and I don’t have the patience to try to sew all four sides.

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I cut the burlap sack into a 20×20″ square, far larger than the pillow form I bought, but to allow myself a margin of error, if you will. I bonded the burlap to the backing after cutting a square of that, also. The bonding is quite easy to use, you place it where you want the seam and heat it, then peel off backing and placing second fabric on top and sealing that once more with heat from your iron.

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I created an envelope of sorts, seaming the three sides, then inserting the pillow form. I had more than enough fabric, and the form is loose within the pillowcase, but it was better than coming up short. I didn’t remember to fold the top back to create the same seam as the bottom, and I should have folded the burlap back before seaming to avoid fraying. But, hindsight is always 20/20 and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out nonetheless. I added a blanket stitch on the left and right of the pillow, to help prevent the burlap from fraying and for a little more color.

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So, obviously the blanket stitch is optional, but if you want a little more secure seam and a bit of color, go ahead and add the stitch. I think that my pillow came out really nicely for winging it and I have another coffee sack that is the same, so I can have a set of pillows once I make the second one!

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So there is the no-sew pillow! Rustic and upcycled and coffee-licious on this National Coffee Day!!

Filed under: Crafty Tagged: coffee, craft, DIY, no-sew, rustic, upcycle, urban farmstead

Quote of the Day

“Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” -Frederick Wilcox

Even when it’s not an issue, it’s an issue.

I still do not have full use of the hand that was injured and some of my fingers are still unable to fully extend or grip, despite various visits to specialists and intensive physical therapy. In obtaining copies of my medical records from the hospital stay to take to another hand surgeon, I found that my BiPolar and anxiety disorder was prominently listed along with the description of my injuries by every single Dr I saw at the 2 hospitals I stayed at. “Patient was injured when blah blah blah and has a history of BiPolar and anxiety disorder,” “Patient is unable to ambulate blah blah blah fingers, blood culture reveals blah blah blah results and has a history of BiPolar and anxiety disorder,” “surgical evaluation at this time reveals blah blah blah and patient has a history of BiPolar and anxiety disorder,” etc etc etc. It’s not even as though my mental health disorders played a part in this, were a contributing factor in my treatment plan, or something that would have been evident to any hospital staff, aside from my truthful answers about health history and medications I take. I was calm, pleasant to all hospital staff and didn’t throw the fit I wanted to in response to the constant pain I was experiencing despite heavy narcotics.

It’s like a flag on my records, not listed along with my general health history along with my other health issues, but listed predominantly. A flag that says “this patient is BiPolar, watch out,” I didn’t sleep for almost 3 days due to the pain and I am grateful that a breakdown didn’t happen until I got home, when I was alone.

Every single day I work hard to keep my disorders in check, manage several different health issues, chronic spinal pain, go to work, do freelance work and maintain my household independently. I am also currently sick (some sort of flu-like plague) and have pressing things I need to complete both at home and with editing a shoot I managed to do a few days ago. Since my hand injury I’ve had to cancel or reschedule 3 shoots because I could not even hold my camera, which means a bigger financial hit as well. It’s a downward spiral affect and I’m so. Fucking. Tired. I’ve done all the self care I can and I need a break. Badly. Maybe even some help, which is hard for me to ask for but that’s another topic in and of itself.

I’m unable to crash and burn, there’s nowhere other than here for me to land. I don’t want this to be my reality…but it is…and I manage the best I can…all the while mentally flogging myself for not doing or being better.

Even when it’s not an issue, it’s an issue.

I still do not have full use of the hand that was injured and some of my fingers are still unable to fully extend or grip, despite various visits to specialists and intensive physical therapy. In obtaining copies of my medical records from the hospital stay to take to another hand surgeon, I found that my BiPolar and anxiety disorder was prominently listed along with the description of my injuries by every single Dr I saw at the 2 hospitals I stayed at. “Patient was injured when blah blah blah and has a history of BiPolar and anxiety disorder,” “Patient is unable to ambulate blah blah blah fingers, blood culture reveals blah blah blah results and has a history of BiPolar and anxiety disorder,” “surgical evaluation at this time reveals blah blah blah and patient has a history of BiPolar and anxiety disorder,” etc etc etc. It’s not even as though my mental health disorders played a part in this, were a contributing factor in my treatment plan, or something that would have been evident to any hospital staff, aside from my truthful answers about health history and medications I take. I was calm, pleasant to all hospital staff and didn’t throw the fit I wanted to in response to the constant pain I was experiencing despite heavy narcotics.

It’s like a flag on my records, not listed along with my general health history along with my other health issues, but listed predominantly. A flag that says “this patient is BiPolar, watch out,” I didn’t sleep for almost 3 days due to the pain and I am grateful that a breakdown didn’t happen until I got home, when I was alone.

Every single day I work hard to keep my disorders in check, manage several different health issues, chronic spinal pain, go to work, do freelance work and maintain my household independently. I am also currently sick (some sort of flu-like plague) and have pressing things I need to complete both at home and with editing a shoot I managed to do a few days ago. Since my hand injury I’ve had to cancel or reschedule 3 shoots because I could not even hold my camera, which means a bigger financial hit as well. It’s a downward spiral affect and I’m so. Fucking. Tired. I’ve done all the self care I can and I need a break. Badly. Maybe even some help, which is hard for me to ask for but that’s another topic in and of itself.

I’m unable to crash and burn, there’s nowhere other than here for me to land. I don’t want this to be my reality…but it is…and I manage the best I can…all the while mentally flogging myself for not doing or being better.