Monthly Archives: August 2013

DIY Floor Pillow: Burlap Coffee Bean Sack

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photo (14)So I was perusing an antique store a while back, and I came across these really awesome burlap sacks that were once used for coffee beans. These sacks are giant, and the resulting pillow seen to the left is from about half of a sack. Even so, it still turned out to be a very large pillow. I’m sure at the antique store the prices for something like an old burlap sack is well above its actual worth. If you’d like to say a good bit of money, I would check you local coffee shops, since many of them still receive coffee beans in this way. Since seeing the sack in the antique shop, I have come across numerous people who just seem to have these large sacks and were giving them away for FREE!

Anyway, the idea is fairly simple. You can wash the burlap sack first if you’d like. I would recommend it. Then pick up some cheap pillow stuffing, which you can get at almost all fabric stores and even most Walmarts. With making a pillow of this size, the price of stuffing it can add up. ┬áIf you have some old outdated pillows, I would recommend using the stuffing from them, or purchasing a large pillow from goodwill and using the stuffing from it! This should cut down on the price, plus I’m all for re-using what I can.

All you need to do after that is to hand sew the top! Pretty easy eh? If you have a larger needle and some sort of thin rope, that would work best. However, a regular needle and thread will also do, but you may need to sew across multiple times to ensure the thread does not break and your pillow pop open.

Note* – Most of these burlap coffee sacks have interesting and unique writing on them. However, if you happen to find a plain one, stenciling on your own words and images in bright colors would be a great way to add a little something extra for not a lot of money!

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Baby Boy Bow-Tie Onesie

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ImageThis project requires some sewing skill and a sewing machine, but is still fairly easy. Babies in bow-ties are just about the most adorable thing ever, and I think this projects makes a wonderful baby shower gift. You will need a onesie, whatever color you prefer, which you can pick up from Walmart for about $2.00 or something close to that.

What makes this gift so great is the versatility. I made nine different bow-ties in varying fabrics. You can choose fabrics that reflect the personality of the parents. In this instance, the parents are Clemson fans and also enjoy hunting, hence the Clemson and camouflage fabrics. You barely need any fabric at all to make these little bow ties. You will really only need about a 10in by 10in piece of fabric to make each bowtie, which doesn’t amount to a very big cost as far as fabric goes.

To make the bow-ties, you sew each piece of fabric into a small rectangle. Size can vary based on the size of the onesie. You sew these rectangles the same way you would sew a pillow. You don’t even need to hand sew the rectangle closed if you leave the opening in the middle, since this will be covered up by the middle piece of the bow-tie. Next you will need the small strip of fabric that will cinch the bow-tie together, it will ultimately look like a ring. I just used a small dab of fabric glue to secure the fabric into a loop. Slip this onto the rectangle.

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Once you have have completed the bow-ties, you can use snaps to secure them to the onesie. Snaps will allow the parent to easy change between the different bow-ties and also allows them to be removed when the onesie needs to be washed. Hand sew the back side a snap to the onesie. Hand sew the front side of the snaps to all of the bow-ties you have made. Voila’! You’re finished.