Hey, everyone. Last week I show you guys how to make some needle-felted cat toys and instead of using a foam block or a bristle brush pad like you typically see, I used a burlap pillow that was stuffed with rice. I promised you guys I’d show you how to make one, so let’s get started. You’ll need a piece of 𝗯𝘂𝗿𝗹𝗮𝗽 16″ by 10″. I’m using a piece of rice bag, which is actually half burlap and half plastic, but it ended up working just as fine. Two pounds of 𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗲, 𝗽𝗶𝗻𝘀, a 𝘀𝗲𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲 machine or a 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗹𝗲 and 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱. Fold the burlap in half, with the right sides touching if you’re using some that has a pattern on it. Pin around the edges about ½” in, leaving a few inches open on one of the edges. And sew it up. For some reinforcement, sew another line of stitches next to the first one. Flip it rightside-out. Flip the raw edges of the bag in. Pour the rice in. This size of a bag should fit the whole two pounds of rice nicely. And pin the bag together as close to the rice as you can. This is to make it fit into the sewing machine without getting stuck. Really, you could just hand-stitch it closed, but where’s the fun in that? When you’re crafting you should always try to over-complicate things. Anyway, once it’s all pinned up just sew along the line. Like before, you’ll want to reinforce this edge by sewing another line of stitches. As you can see here, I did a super great job at this. Remove all the pins and you’re done. Now you’re all ready to start felting. Here’s the brand new felting pillow compared to one that I’ve been using for a while. As you can see, it eventually picks up a little bit of the wool while you felt things. Like I said, I’ve been using this one for quite a while and it’s only picked up this much wool. Every once in a while you can pick at the wool to pull it out and if it becomes too much for you to handle then you can easily make another pillow and just reuse the rice. I hope you all enjoy this project. If you did, please leave a Like. If you want to see more then feel free to subscribe. I post DIY videos every Thursday. You can follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or Pinterest. I’ll leave the information to those down below. If you have any questions or suggestions for future videos, please leave a comment down below, and I’ll see you next week.

11 thoughts on “How to Make Burlap Needle Felting Pillow : DIY”

  1. Going to do this with the kids in school! Nice idea, we always had the foam ones and they disintegrate so fast.

  2. I loved your comment about 2min into the tutorial and I quote: "when crafting we should always over complicate" that was too funny and sooooo true at least with me that have craft add going from project to project! Anyways, Thank you for this so enjoyable to watch tutorial!

  3. I find microbeads great as a filler being so tiny u never jab the the beads with your needle which i did a few times with rice 🙂 they sell microbead neck pillows on ebay for a couple of dollars I just bought one and emptied that out into my burlap sacking also which ever filling u do use try adding some lavender flowers too? they smell divine while you're felting and relax you even more while enjoying the craft 🙂 love the vid, great idea, can't wait to see more

  4. Wouldn't the plastic part of the burlap dull the barbs and needle tips too fast? I'd think natural burlap would work better, no? Also, please everyone, DO NOT USE MICROBEADS. They're killing our waterways, marine mammals and environment. It's only come to light in the past two years so below comments are understandable.

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