Crafty How To: Coffee Bag Pillow

One of our new Saturday morning rituals is to ride bikes up the street to the coffee shop. Maisy rides on the back of my bike and Afton pedals along behind us, training wheels and all. The coffee is delicious and there are lots of pastries and other yummies for breakfast.

 Best of all they have a train table and lots of toys- tea sets, books, and games. 

A few weeks ago I noticed these bags stacked in the back by the bathroom. They are fantastic burlap sacks filled with coffee beans.

I couldn't imagine these bags were thrown away after use. Maybe they were re-used each time ... or maybe they might be for sale. Fingers crossed, fingers crossed :)

And just my luck, the coffee shop does sell them, for only $5 each! So I rummaged through a stack and found this one. Black, tan, and blue. We rode home and while the girls were napping, I took apart the sack. I found an old throw pillow and simply sewed on the 'coffee sack' to make a new cover.

What a great pillow for only $5! Right now it is on the couch, but with the neutral colors and lovely texture, it might get moved around as needed.

Moral of this story: keep your eyes open. You never know what treasures might show up- even on your way to the bathroom!

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  1. Love it. It would look great on my sofa w/ the new pillows I bought. Wish I was more crafty...my sewing machine's been needing some attention. :)

  2. I love this coffee bag pillow idea! Recently I came across your blog and have been checking it out ever since! Thanks for the inspiration :)
    -Jolynn Friesen (from Tx)

  3. Love, love, love!!! I need a bag!

  4. Not only does this pillow look stylish, fun, and crafty, but it is full of love! You all will remember the good times you have at the coffee shop just by seeing it! What fun!

  5. What a fun pillow and I bet it smells good too :)!

  6. nice job! I found some abandoned near the trash on a trip to florida once! inspiration comes in the darndest places!

  7. I absolutely love, love, love this coffee bag pillow! I am so going to have to do something similar! Just love it!

  8. Great idea - last week I posted how I recovered a stool with a coffee bag - stop over to see it!

  9. I just purchased some coffee bags and I want to make pillows--any trick to sewing with them??

  10. Thanks for all the 'bag/pillow love'. You asked whether I have any tips for sewing them into pillows. Well the only thing I would say is that I used a zigzag stitch. The burlap tends to wiggle and stretch, so that stitch seems to make it more secure. Also, burlap sheds-- don't wear black when sewing!!

    :)crafty texas girls

  11. These are awesome!! I guess it's time for me to scout some coffee shops as I had no clue they sell them:) Thank you for sharing.

    ps. I nomoninated you for the versatile blogger award on my last post

  12. LOL!!! My son-in-law owns a coffee company and gave us some coffee bags to store and protect the extra ceramic tiles we had leftover after our house was built. There were some extras so I made a bag with one of them and gave it to my daughter!...and he thought I was weird!!LOL!! I think I still have some left or I can always ask him for some...great idea for the pillow which will probably end up at his house!!Just a word of advice...be sure to wash it well and dry in the sun if possible!!! Kills the smell and oils from the coffee beans not to mention the bugs!


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