DIY: French Grain Sack Pillows with Rope Ties
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Spotted on La Source d'Angèle : 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 Île 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 Île 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 .