Wednesday, August 5, 2015

DIY {No Sew} Grain Sack Pillow

Hi Friends...

How have you been? We just returned yesterday from a family vacation to the lake. In between loads of laundry and getting the kiddos settled back in, I made a quick and easy grain sack pillow for our master bedroom. (I think I was having nesting withdrawals.)

Do you remember when my Mom made us the rustic linen ruffled bedding for my birthday? (You can see the full post on that here.) It is my favorite bedding. Ever. 

I have been wanting to add a grain sack pillow for just a touch of contrast (color-wise) and also for that farmhouse feeling that grain sacks provide.

As we were driving home yesterday, my crew indulged me in a couple laps around a great antique mall (that happens to be above a large fruit stand - so everybody wins :).

That's when I spotted this grain sack with all its nubbiness, oatmeal in color, with faded blue logo and stripes. It was in very good condition and was priced at $26 (within the normal range).

I took it home and looked up some images online to see what style of pillow I liked best. I found this DIY Tutorial which I loved and mostly followed, with some modifications.

The cool thing I discovered is that a king size pillow is almost the exact size needed as an insert for a large grain sack. I already had a like-new king size pillow that I wasn't using - - so that made things easy (and affordable! ;).

If you are looking to make smaller, square throw pillows, refer to the link above.

Supplies needed:
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2. Ribbon (or material that can be cut into strips)
3. Scissors
4. Xacto knife 
6. Pencil

Start by stuffing your pillow into the grain sack. Fold the excess grain sack over and mark with a pencil where you'll need to make your cut. I took off nine inches.

Following your pencil mark, cut off the excess grain sack.

If you don't want there to be a raw (rough cut edge), you can hem the edges or use a new-sew adhesive.

Then, position your grain sack on something that will protect your surface, in case your knife cuts through. I used a small piece of thin scrap wood.

Using your Xacto knife, make three evenly spaced 1/2'' cuts through both sides of the grain sack. Go about 1" in from the edge.

Thread your ribbon through the cuts and knot. So easy!

I'm enjoying the little touch of grain sack in our bedroom.

Thank you for stopping by today!


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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Martina! Hope your summer is going well...

  2. It turned out beautifully.

    Hugs from Oklahoma,

    Cottage Making Mommy

  3. It turned out beautifully.

    Hugs from Oklahoma,

    Cottage Making Mommy

  4. That looks so pretty on your bed! I like the color and how it compliments your bed. Thanks for explaining how you made it. I have several grain sacks I'm not using, so maybe I'll turn one into a pillow like you did.

  5. I LOVE this idea! It's also nice to see how you've put pretty, soft and white bedding on your cream bed. I've been considering doing the same! We are new farmstead owners too and enjoying every moment of it! Love your site! You've got "the look" girl... keep it coming! :o)

    1. Thank you! I am so happy and excited for you! I would love to hear more and maybe even see some pictures when you get a chance. :)

  6. Julie what a great DIY pillow! Thank you for sharing the tutorial over at THT.

  7. Cut pillow and I love that its a no-sew tutorial too! :)


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