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DIY Mudcloth Pillow

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Mudcloth pillows seem to be everywhere recently. Their minimal, handcrafted style fits into almost any design aesthetic. Traditional mudcloth pillows feature African patterns on natural flax cotton.

“Also known as bògòlanfini, mud cloth is a traditional handmade Malian cotton fabric that is dyed using fermented mud. The textile’s origins date back to the 12th century, when the tradition was for men to weave the cloth and women to dye the fabric and paint the repeated motifs. In Malian culture, bògòlanfini is worn by hunters as camouflage and by women after their initiation into adulthood. Today, the graphic textiles are adorning all sorts of interior pieces, from chairs and sofas to throw pillows and framed works.” (History of Mudcloth)

Pictured below are a few of my favorite mudcloth pillows from around the web. Traditional canvas or cotton pillows have steep price tags, running about $50-$70 per pillow.

Their simple geometric patterns are easy enough to imitate with a yard of muslin and a sharpie paint pen! My husband’s family stayed with us over Christmas, and my mother-in-law got a vintage sewing machine! We tested out the new machine and made this 20×20″ mudcloth pillow cover in under an hour with a few simple materials and tools.

Materials:

Tools:

(these are things I already had on hand that are typically required for any sewing project)

 

Instructions:

And you’re done! I still can’t decide where I want to keep this pillow. I want one for every room! I think it looks great in our minimal guest room, but I’d love to make some more for the living room.

Shoutout to my awesome mother-in-law, Sondra, for doing the sewing and helping put together this tutorial!

Thanks for reading this tutorial! Good luck with all of your DIY endeavors, and I would love to see your creations!

-Avery


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