potato sack pillows

When we bought our first house almost 11 years ago, we had a formal living room that sat empty for about a year until we could decide on some furniture. We finally settled on a set from Bassett. The couch is a pull out couch which is perfect for guests (ie it's not too comfy that they want to stay forever!) when they come and visit.

And we had two custom matching chairs made to go with it. It all worked together just fine until we moved. I'm trying to get rid of these chairs and get something that works better in our new den.

Thankfully, the couch is neutral, so a change in pillows helps to update the couch and make it work in any space. In this case, our new bonus room that has a funky junk vintage feel to it...or is trying to at least!

See what I mean?

I was waiting until garage sale season as I like to call it, so that I could find some pillow forms to fit in with the rice sacks I found here and the potato sacks I found here.

It took me a little bit, but I finally found some! I paid $2 for these 3 pillows (doesn't matter what they look like, I just used them inside the sacks), and $1 for the smaller pillows that the rice sacks are covering.

Here the pillows are before:

And after

One of the sacks was from these Chief brand pinto beans

Another was an authentic potato sack

And one was blank

The brown rice sacks were smaller, but worked great since they slid right down over the pillow that I had, so I only had to sew the top and bottom.

Do you remember these ? I think they work sitting on the coffee table in front of the couch now.

So what do you think? The total cost for the transformation and materials was less than $5. Not too shabby! Now what to put on the wall behind it...Stay tuned!


Salinda said...

Love your new pillows! What a wonderfully fun idea!

Heather Bea said...

I can't wait to make a set of pillows like this for my family! It's just what I've been looking for! Thanks for the inspiration!


Heather @ http://fakeitfrugal.blogspot.com/

BluBabesCreate said...

Really cute! You can never go wrong with these! I made my son a romper out of an old rice sack. You're welcome to skip over and see. This all looks so gorgeous.

Sam Findlay said...

What great pillows, so cool!

Seek First said...

Oh my gosh. Just stumbled upon your blog through another...wish I would have found it sooner to enter the giveaway!! Love all your projects.

I have a fun craft giveaway going on over at my blog-it ends later this week so you should come over and enter! www.samandlaurenbattershell.blogspot.com

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Wow...you had a great stash of sacks - love them!

Unknown said...

Brilliant! I love them!

Megan Gunyan said...

Very cute! They totally change the feel of the room. I love the little pillows as well! Great job!

I hope you can join my giveaway for 2 canvas pillows going on now! www.alittleknickknack.com. Happy 4th!

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