How to Turn a Grain Sack Into a Pillow

Hello Dear Ones,

Do you love antique European grain sacks? They’ve been a favorite for a while now.


I love them! Their texture! They were made to last for years, and that has certainly been accomplished. They date back to the 1800’s, made of a hemp fabric, or very thick linen.

As you might have guessed, the stripes and monograms identified the farmer.

I took a grain sack and turned it into a pillow today. A perfectly simple transformation, you can do at home.

Bob had sliced up a branch for me, to turn into buttons. I took the little slivers of wood and drilled holes in them. Voila!! Simple buttons, for my grain sack pillow!


I just went to my nearest discount store, Ross, and purchased a king sized bed pillow.

I didn’t make button holes, but should the future owner need to wash the bag again, the five “buttons” will have to be sewn back on.

Simple as pie! And I love pie!


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  1. Ana Maria says:

    You make it look so easy!

    Please keep me posted if you ever come across any grain sacks with the initials AM; AT; JI; MS; DA
    I guess my family’s initials were not popular back then!

  2. Beautiful! Congrats!!

  3. Great idea for making your own buttons! Enjoy your weekend! 😉

  4. Love the button idea!

  5. No wonder you call Bob “Mr. Wonderful”! Those buttons are just cute as can be. “Oh Mr. Bird Nest…”.

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