Awesome find alert! ~ what would you make?

Do you know what this is? I mean, other than burlap?

They come ready made. Meaning, they have sewn sides!

See? I’d bet you will never guess. I’ll give you a hint. They are sold abundantly in some ‘low lying’ hardware stores. For CHEAP.

If you guessed SAND BAGS, you are right! For $1.00 each.

My loot is currently sitting out on my patio to air out. What’s with burlap’s fragrance anyway? Anyone know? Is this stuff toxic or something?!?

Anyway, what would you make with these delightful little pieces? Other than stuff a couple to have ready made pillows (how cool is that?!?), I haven’t come up with anything yet.

Now quick! All flood areas, scoot over to your local hardware store and see if they’re in stock yet. They’ll go quick when the water rises. 🙂

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  1. Hmmm…The look almost the perfect size for a seat cushion. That’s actually where I thought you were going with it when you took the picture of them on the chair. Some foam, batting, and ribbons to tie it on…maybe a stenciled detail? Nice find. Although, I hope everyone would surrender their decor in the event of a massive flood! 🙂

  2. Ohohoh! I came up with a couple new ideas over and alongside your great suggestions already!

    *Sew them end to end for a table runner.

    *Double them up to create BIG loose pillow covers for my goofy loose pillowed sofa (bad investment if you have kids but that’s another story).

    I’m running all over the house with these smelly things dancing up a burlap storm. 🙂

    FJ Donna

  3. OMG you do have ESPN after all! I have been wondering all week about how to get ahold of burlap! You are a superSTAR (JAZZ HANDS!).
    Here comes my table runner. . .

  4. Wow, what a deal. The smell reall does dissappear- it just takes a little time! I love all the suggestions you have gotten so far- also, don’t forget how great a christmas tree looks with burlap around the base! I love the burlap stocking idea, too- use some freeaer paper to make stencils, and just spray paint the design right on! What about matting for pictures?

  5. If you have skinny chair backs you could slip them over the chair backs, tie a ribbon or something around it, and tie a little pail or pumpkin on the back for your Thanksgiving Table.
    Hmmm, maybe I need to make a trip to the hardware store!
    Have a great weekend and have fun with your burlap!


  6. My first thought was gift bags for Christmas presents. You could still stencil something on the bag and your recipient would have two gifts…the one in the bag and the bag itself, which they could then utilize for some of the before mentioned ideas.
    Guess I’ve convinced myself to go find some sand bags 🙂

  7. Put them in a bag with some cheap ground up coffee and it will get rid of a lot of the smell.

    Form one loosely around a jar and tie with raffia for a rustic vase.

    Soak one in a strong starch mixture and tie it around a jar just for shape. When it dries it will be a container on it’s own. Or you can starch it and lay it over a bowl and make a burlap bowl.

  8. That smell is awful isn’t it?

    I have a burlap “connection” from my local coffee roaster, so I get as many as I want for free. I have been working my way through various projects with them.

    So far, I have made runners, covered our recycling bins that I have throughout the house, used it as ribbon, made a table round, used it as matting for photos….the list goes on and on!

  9. I actually love the smell of burlap! Reminds me of the horse barn/corral at summer camp years ago – good memories! Hmmm, as for what I’d make…pillows, definitely…tie it up around the base of a houseplant and sort of bunch it up…make a reusable shopping bag out of them…okay, that’s all I’ve got for now!


  10. You could use it to make a fabric headboard or as an insert in a headboard. Why not drapes. Open them up and sew into a length of fabric. Hang with cafe clip rings from a black rod. You could even use some black ribbon to create a design.

  11. Great find! I’m stuck on making burlap pillows lately, stenciled. I even gave one personalized for a wedding gift lately. I thought it was awesome, hope they did too 🙂 So do some pillows, and stencil them up! I know it’s been done before, but you could make them SOooo unique and cool! -tammy

  12. LOL.I am laughing at Sandi’s suggestion above!!! hehehe.

    You could cut them into strips and use them as rustic bows/ribbons? Imagine a Christmas tree with them all over it..and raffia and vintage ornaments?’
    Oh help…we don’t flood here…whats a girl to do? Maybe I live near Sandi and she will share???

  13. For some reason, I’m visualizing this tufted — perhaps one of those firmly quilted message boards with some diagonal dark ribbon, a few dark numbers stamped on it, and then some rusty thumb tacks. I knew if I said the word “rust” you would notice this comment (haha).

  14. How about eco-friendly gift bags. Wrap your presents in the burlap bags tie it up with twine or ribbon, add a beautiful tag and and a sprig of something festive or a pine cone maybe…

    I saw larger burlap bags at a garden store – they meant to keep the winter cold from destroying your plants. The size might be more versatile for some projects! I love the idea of a sandbag or burlap party. By the may I followed your tip on the burlap garland and I got me some. My Christmas tree thanks you and so do I.


  15. A few fun appliques, like felt flowers or something, and a drawstring top, and you would have a cute little carry bag for toys, coloring books, for car trips or overnight stays.

  16. When I lived in a log home (up until a year ago), I used burlap for all of the window valances….with lace curtains on the bottom half of the 6 over 6 windows. I’d by it by the bolt at Joann Fabric with a 50% off coupon and run it thru my sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch to finish the edges. This year ,I used a large leftover piece for a tree skirt around a 4ft. tree that I had up on a crock..looked great!