Most of you know my love of pillows! They are the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae, the jewelry on a little black dress, and the spice of life! Pillows can totally change the look of a room! And that is why I love them so much! I’m always searching for ways to make pillows the easy way! Today I have a gorgeous, NO SEW linen grain sacks pillow diy that will take under 30 minutes to make!
Now get out your glue gun and let’s make linen grain sack pillows!
I’ve been collecting beautiful vintage linen grain sacks for years! I have a big basket of them just waiting for a project. Isn’t this grain sack so beautiful!
I was looking through my grain sack collection recently and it dawned on me that a pillow insert would probably fit into a grain sack almost perfectly. (Lightbulb moment!!!!!!!) And it did!
I pushed a 24 x 24 down pillow insert into the bottom of the grain sack and it was if it were made, albeit a century ago, for my pillow insert! And the grain sack was long enough to cover two 24 inch pillows!
The more I dug through my grain sack stash I found smaller sacks and other options! I found a vintage linen grain sack with a double blue stripe that worked perfectly with a 20 x 20 down pillow insert!
And I found a few yards of vintage pillow ticking. So I make a sweet lumbar pillow out of the striped fabric too!
Here’s how crazy easy it is to make a vintage linen grain sack pillow!
- grain sacks OR other pretty decorator fabric
- pillow inserts in the size of the grain sack
- hot glue
The first thing to do is find a gorgeous grain sack and determine what size pillow insert will fit into.
Now determine if you can get two pillows out of the one grain sack! If so, cut the grain sack in half. Yes, it will hurt a little to cut something so beautiful. But we are making even more beautiful pillows!
Now you will have two pieces
Let’s begin with the bottom half of the grain sack. The bottom and sides are sewn and the top is open.
1 Fold over about 1/2 inch of the top to the inside of the grain sack and glue.
2 Fold over and glue 1/2 inch all the way around the top so the grain sack has a finished edge.
3 Put the pillow insert into the grain sack cover. Now let’s close up the pillow. Start by matching the center of the finished edge and glue together. Because this linen grain sack had a blue stripe down the middle I glued the edges together at the stripe first.
4 Continue to glue the edges together on either side of the center until the whole edge is secured together.
5 Image of the glued edge
6. Fluff and style!
How easy is that! You can also sew the pillows together the same way as it was glued.
To create a pillow from the top part of grain sack, fold over the top and bottom edges and glue them to have a finished edge (like step #1). Glue the top edges (like in #4 and 5) together and then follow instructions 3 to 5 above.
Vintage linen grain sack pillows are V-E-R-Y expensive! But you can make them yourself and have one-of-a-kind pillows for your home! Like I said, the cherry on the top!
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