For my sister’s birthday, I sewed her two pillows. She’s redoing her room with a nautical theme. I decided to use rough cotton instead of burlap which I’d seen online when looking at nautically inspired pillows. I thought burlap would be messy and uncomfortable for bed pillows. The cotton is quite comfy. After sewing the pillows I painted on the designs freehand with fabric paint. My sister really liked the pillows when I gave them to her. She liked them even better when she found out they were homemade.