Crafts,  DIY,  fabric

Grain sacks

I love love love antique stores.  I have found one that I especially love here where I live.  This is pretty random, since where I live doesn’t exactly have the greatest home decor stores or selections.  So I was shopping around this summer and found some old grain sacks that were like five bucks each.  I couldn’t resist picking a couple of them up.  I spent the summer while the kids were home from school thinking about what I wanted to do with them, and I came up with a couple of things.


The first and obvious thing I could think of was to make a pillow out of one.  This was an actual sack that was open on one end so my pillow insert fit perfectly inside.  I just had to trim and hem the top and bottom to size, and voila, I had an awesome pillow.  So so easy!


I had a little bit of the sack left over and I decided to do something fun for fall.  I took some burlap and traced an apple on it, cut it out, and sewed it on the fabric with my machine.  Is it perfect…no…but the overall look I love is not perfect. It adds a bit of whimsy to my chair.

It was the color and pattern of this other sack that made me buy it.  Because I couldn’t center the pattern to make a pillow look right with this sack, I decided to use it like a runner.


I draped it over the ottoman to add a bit of fall color and interest to go with my box.  After fall, I think I will trim it and make it into an actual runner and put it on my entry dresser.

I have loved using these old sacks. Not only because they have a story of the past, they add a lot of interest and are one of a kind.

Just typing this post makes me want to run and grab some more.

I'm Erin, a busy mom of three, chauffeur, cook, housekeeper, and wanna be decorator. I love old movies, good books, and a daily trip to Lowes. We have recently bought a new we are fixing up and changing everything. This blog is to record our renovating journey. This is not the first house we have done. Actually, it is our third. My husband and I love a project. Any project. We both love working on our home, have the same taste, (which is great), and love working and re purposing things on our budget. We can show you how to put together a high end and creative look without breaking the bank. Taking something old and recreating it into something new and exciting for any room is my passion. Hope you enjoy this decorating journey with us!