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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Calling all you creative geniuses..yes I am talking to YOU!

My husband is the ebayer of the house.  
I really never gander on there too much.  Mike knows what he wants and knows exactly what to look for.  Well the other day I decided I wanted some grain sacks.  

Just because, everyone else uses them for such cool projects.  I am usually NOT a follower of these trends, and now I see why....
My FIL has some he is giving us in a few weeks, but me being the impatient person that I am.....I decided to get some of my own.  For $7.00 a piece, I had not much to lose.

this is what I got. What the heck am I going to do with these?
 I love the colors, I love that they are from Columbia, they smell like coffee too.  However, they are really, really stiff, and hard.
They almost feel like nylon grain sacks, if that makes sense.
Moral of the story...NO more ebay for me.

But what can I do with them? Did I mention they are very large?
Help with some ideas, I would love to use them.

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Blogger La said...

Hmmm...I got nothin', but you are very creative and I have faith in you that you will think of something.

Be sure to stop by this week to enter my giveaway.

Have a great holiday weekend! La

June 29, 2011 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger reFresh reStyle said...

Debbie, I had some coffee bags that I washed, dried and ironed (because they got very wrinkled) then I used one to cover the bottom of a simple chair. The color of the print did fade some, but at least they were softer. Any who, that's what I did.

June 29, 2011 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I think they'd go right out to my patio!

June 29, 2011 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Debbie, How bout making one into a cool outdoor rug, seeing they are kinda stiff they would probably be great outside! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

June 29, 2011 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

so they are not burlap?

I've done several things with mine; covered my dining chairs, made cushions, window coverings, closet curtains.

You will come up with something amazing, I'm sure.

If you want to pay for the shipping, I can send you as many burlap coffee sacks as you can use.

June 29, 2011 at 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O' when you get tired of your valance and new table cloth, these would make great valance and cafe curtains with roosters stenciled along the bottoms, or make Lucy a large fluffy dawg bed,or cut so as those beautiful colorful stripes would show on the top of some great different shaped throw pillows,WHAT EVER you decide please share some more of your creativity, you never disappoint.I think there awesome!
Hey type in google search,WHAT CAN I DO WITH LARGE COFFEE SACKS????

June 29, 2011 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger KLM said...

I would totally make some pillows out of them, or maybe even cut out where the more detailed/decorative parts are [the numbers, lettering... etc] and put them in a frame. [8x10's... you could easily get four 8x10's out of the two of those].

June 29, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

washing and soaking in the tub with downy would soften them.. If they were mine I'd make a valance for my patio windows and a table runner with them.. :) good luck

June 29, 2011 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Frame them.

June 29, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Blondie's Journal said...

I have a great big hobo purse made out of a grain sack and I love it to tote to the beach and on big shopping trips. Sew yourself one up!!! ;-D


June 29, 2011 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

If they smell good like coffee...put up a couple of little hooks and hang one in your kitchen or the entrance into your kitchen! I just finished reading your article in Country Woman and it was great! You even worked your personality and fun sense of humor into it...with the spray paint! I would frame this article! heehee! ♥

June 29, 2011 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

I would definitely frame them if they are that stiff. I love the comment about making them into a rug. I know you can find a tutorial on that on line.

June 29, 2011 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I say use them in the bottom of those planters that hang from a deck rail. I think I saw them on your deck. Once you fill them with dirt the water can drain through. Or gift them to someone you hate. LOL (hope that's not me)

June 29, 2011 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Debbie I like Kim's idea on framing them.I think they would look great! Martina

June 29, 2011 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

How's about creating two fun pillows for those wonderful chairs you have about by the firepit. Either for you back or for a foot prop......mmmm...let's see....what else can I think up......I'll be back....

June 29, 2011 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

You can soak them in a big sink full of almost pure fabric softner..for a day or so. I have even done this with rope that had hardened.

What you have are REAL sacks. The ones they use for REAL working purposes. I love the graphics on them. Can you use it as a wall hanging on a patio (if it is too big to use inside)? Or...if you have visitors coming that you don't want to stay too long you could always use it as a top sheet...just a thought- xo Diana

June 29, 2011 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

Well, you could sell them on EBay for $10 a piece! LOL I'm sorry I couldn't resist. I'm with Kim, frame them, I think they would look great!


June 29, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

Getting some great ideas so far...Diana I love your so far the best, top sheet it is LOL!

June 29, 2011 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Have you seen the tutorials on turning table cloths or pieces of cloths into throw rugs? You could probably do the same with these sacks....the tutorial is really easy like a 30 min project....let me know if you need a link to it and i'll send your way

June 29, 2011 at 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they would make a great framed piece or floor mat.Or put the back on Ebay,, let soem onee else figure them out,, I like the out door cushions at the firepit though,,

June 29, 2011 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

what about a bulletin board of some type.

June 29, 2011 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Wall hanging~ artwork. Bulletin board? Miss Mustard Seed wrote about grain sacks here:

June 29, 2011 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Ricki Treleaven said...

I agree with the bulletin board ideas!

June 29, 2011 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

ok several of my ideas were shared but I would do a rug, or table cloth or runner. Also if you could turn them into curtains with some stencils I think that would adorable. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

June 29, 2011 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

Lumbar pillows!

June 29, 2011 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Artsy VaVa said...

I would make them into place mats. You could just cut them a little larger than needed and fray the edges for a fringe.

June 29, 2011 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

When I was at the furniture market in the spring, we saw one company that used the bags as pillow shams and as totes. They did, however, use actual burlap bags. But this more modern version of yours would be ideally suited for outdoor use! So I say run with it and create some outdoor seating and decorative pillows for your deck and/or porch. They won't rot, and with a fill encased in a nice plastic cover- they'll last for a long, long time! Just a thought! :-0 Sue

June 29, 2011 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

How about cutting them into a long runner and fray the edges. I saw on some blog where they made a burlap wreath, it was really cute. YOu could make burlap flowers there's a tutorial of this on utube.

June 29, 2011 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Sorry Debbie but I'm no help. I've never bought any grain sacks and don't think I ever would. Miss Mustard Seed uses them to actually upholster furniture but I have no idea how they hold up. Good luck girl! I use eBay occasionally...I used to buy beads there all the time. Don't give up on it because you can get some really great things...

June 29, 2011 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Sonya Badgley said...

How about window shades? Or a bench? I really like the colors in them. They would be cool as little throw rugs too.

June 30, 2011 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger *Shabby LOCO!* said...

I saw the CUTEST Grain sack cart Liners @ a flea market once! (You know the ones granny uses when she walks down to the corner store) It was too stinkin' cute! Here is a sorta' kinda pict. here at this site...

Check it out..Meliss

June 30, 2011 at 3:04 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I have seen them made into a mat for the kitchen somewhere on the web;o) or you could make cushions for the deck, maybe frame them and make a noticeboard. Padded they could make a good dog bed.

June 30, 2011 at 4:48 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Clearly they cry to be "rugs". I'm slow to comment but it WAS my first response (as it was many others').

June 30, 2011 at 6:46 AM  
Blogger Hi, I'm Suz!! said...

How about some covering cushions for outdoor furniture? If they're nylon-y (not burlap-y) then they may be more weather (rain) resistant??

Hugs ~~ Suz


June 30, 2011 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

I think they are neat. I would cut them in half and make them into pillows. I am sure someone else above has already said that or it may be just a bit too ordinary but that's as creative as I get. I think they would make great smaller throw pillows and you could easily get four out of them. The stamping on them seems to line up perfectly two! Or you could stuff them full of coffee beans again and turn your dining room bar into a coffee bar! LOL!

June 30, 2011 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Marianne said...

Hi Debbie,
They are great looking sacks. Why not cover the seat of a small chair or make them into pillows for your deck. The blue matches the blues that you have outside! I also like the pillow sham idea.
Marianne :)

June 30, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Screaming Sardine said...

My first thought was rug, too. Or go the opposite way and make a covering of sorts to offer some shade when you're sitting outside. Four posts and the sacks over it, and voila!

Maybe a rustic shower curtain, though I'm not sure if that would give off some weird smell from the dampness.

Tracy Screaming Sardine

June 30, 2011 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

How about stretching it over a canvas or frame to make a picture of it for outside, if you have the room for it that is:) There great and I know you think of the nestest thing!


June 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Our Hopeful Home said...

I just bought one at a local flea market, they told me to just spray it with the hose and hang it out to dry to get the coffee smell out of it...going to try that today. I was going to use it to upholster a bench but I really like the bulletin board idea!


June 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

I don't have a single clue but I know you so well and YOU will end up coming up with something to impress us.

June 30, 2011 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

I'm voting for turning them into a dress, you could start a new fashion trend. Did you ever see the I Love Lucy episode where they're in Paris and Ethel and Lucy think they're getting expensive designer dresses but actually Fred and Ricky had someone make them out of potato sacks.

June 30, 2011 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger bj said...

I know you probably said but I didn't catch what time your linky will go up for the copy cat....
I have mine all ready..:)
xo bj

June 30, 2011 at 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie Dear! Wow, those are bigguns! I wonder if you washed them if they would soften up? If they didn't fall apart first! No, no, Nannette, I didn't say that! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

June 30, 2011 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Vintage Restyled said...

I covered foam and attached it to a small side table and now it's an ottoman! Cover footstoold, buttetin boards, pillows...lotta options!

June 30, 2011 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

If you stitch them together you could cover a headboard with them. You may need to open them up. Or a memo board would be good. I have one just framed in an ornate frame for contrast.

June 30, 2011 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Zova couture said...

hi debbie..I have done a bolster out of sack..posted in my blog pls check
I hope u will like it..

July 1, 2011 at 2:16 AM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

Lots of great ideas here Ladies. I have soaked them since in Downy and no softer at all. I will figure something out. Thank you.

July 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Yard Sale Mommy said...

Don't give up on ebay!!

July 1, 2011 at 2:23 PM  

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