ISSUE 98  |  Under the Covers

DIY: French Grain Sack Pillows with Rope Ties

November 13, 2013 12:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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Spotted on La Source d’Angéle: French blogger Elvezia’s DIY cushion covers made from cotton bags tied with hemp cord. It’s a project simple enough to pull off in a matter of minutes, if you have the right ingredients.

Elvezia was inspired by the old gray cotton sacks she discovered on a visit to Benoit & Marie, a shop specializing in stylish surplus on ÃŽle de Ré, off the west coast of France. She returned home with some bags, installed a few grommets, inserted cushions, and tied the ends together with hemp. Voilá, instant throw pillows.

Above: Can’t make it to ÃŽle de Ré? Source antique grain sacks by searching on Etsy and eBay. Or gather some linen yardage from sources such as The Textile Trunk or Rough Linen.

Above: For adding grommets to fabric, you need grommet pliers in the right size. The Dritz Grommet Plier Kit sets 3/8 inch grommets; $9.95 from Amazon. Eight Grommets in Antique Brass are $4.81, also from Dritz via Amazon.

Above: A 262-foot spool of natural Hemp Twine Cord measuring 1.5mm in width is available from Amazon for $5.30; 4 mm-thick woven Hemp Drawstring is priced at $1.20 per yard from Hemp Basics.

Above: Elvezia’s pair of rustic-chic pillows—no sewing required.

Looking for more things to make with linen? Visit DIY: Rustic Linen Lampshades from Italy. Have some extra hemp or twine or cord on hand? Put it to use by making this Kitchen Scrubber Knitted from Twine.