How to Turn a Grain Sack Into a Pillow February 7, 2013

Hello Dear Ones,

Do you love antique European grain sacks? They’ve been a favorite for a while now.

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I love them! Their texture! They were made to last for years, and that has certainly been accomplished. They date back to the 1800’s, made of a hemp fabric, or very thick linen.

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As you might have guessed, the stripes and monograms identified the farmer.

I took a grain sack and turned it into a pillow today. A perfectly simple transformation, you can do at home.

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Bob had sliced up a branch for me, to turn into buttons. I took the little slivers of wood and drilled holes in them. Voila!! Simple buttons, for my grain sack pillow!

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I just went to my nearest discount store, Ross, and purchased a king sized bed pillow.

I didn’t make button holes, but should the future owner need to wash the bag again, the five “buttons” will have to be sewn back on.

Simple as pie! And I love pie!

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8 Comments

  1. Ana Maria on February 8, 2013 at 1:25 am

    You make it look so easy!

    Please keep me posted if you ever come across any grain sacks with the initials AM; AT; JI; MS; DA
    I guess my family’s initials were not popular back then!

  2. Maria on February 8, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Beautiful! Congrats!!

  3. Donnamae on February 8, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Great idea for making your own buttons! Enjoy your weekend! 😉

    • Barbara Bussey on February 8, 2013 at 8:14 am

      We thought about making our own toothpicks, but they’re still pretty inexpensive at the store! Ha!

  4. Linda on February 8, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Love the button idea!

  5. Gretchen on August 2, 2013 at 7:59 am

    No wonder you call Bob “Mr. Wonderful”! Those buttons are just cute as can be. “Oh Mr. Bird Nest…”.

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