Make the world’s easiest sandbag pillow… in minutes!

Make the world's easiest sandbag pillow! Perfect for those that don't like to sew. via Funky Junk Interiors

 This sandbag pillow project is soooo simple, it’s nearly embarrassing!

Painted sandbag pillow via Funky Junk Interiors

But if you’re like me, and you like pillows but can’t find your sewing machine pedal, (best excuse yet!), you’ll love how easy this is. And it looks cool too.

Painted sandbag pillow via Funky Junk Interiors

Visit your local hardware store, and ask if they have any sandbags. Ours run about $1.25 each and they are the perfect size for a little no sew burlap pillow.

Using tape (this is Martha Stewart’s craft tape which is EXCELLENT, sticks very well to fabric), run a tape down the centre. Place pieces of tape on both sides of the centre tape, then remove the centre.

Place plastic wrap underneath where you plan to paint so it won’t bleed through.

Painted sandbag pillow via Funky Junk Interiors

Using acrylic craft paint, (in this case black), paint on your stripe. I went pretty heavy so it covered well.

Remove the tape and allow stripe to dry.

Painted sandbag pillow via Funky Junk Interiors

Stuff a small pillow into the sandbag…

Painted sandbag pillow via Funky Junk Interiors

… and tie it shut with twine. The clothes pin was added to have it appear like it was holding the works together.

Painted sandbag pillow via Funky Junk Interiors

I love the look beside that crate armrest!

Sandbag pillow with house number via Funky Junk Interiors

For this sandbag pillow, a house number was sewn in place. Nice, bold number hit!

Pallet sofa with sandbag pillows via Funky Junk Interiors

Click for pallet sofa tutorial HERE

Wasn’t I right that this was too easy for a tutorial? And with no sewing machine pedal in sight…

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  1. Love it. I have a sewing machine, but have a total fear of zippers and pipping and other things pillows usually require. This is right up my alley.

  2. I love your sandbag pillows and have been wanting to make some for so long. The problem is that I can not find burlap sandbags any where. What they have around here are white plastic bags with a draw string top and they call that a sandbag. So disappointing.

  3. If you are looking for a similar bag, you can get them at for $1.70 each. I get a lot of my burlap fabric from them. These are awesome, and I love the idea of putting the wooden number on them. Really cute!!

  4. Great pillows. I found some old time croaker sacks at the tractor supply. Perfect use for them. I did not have a clue what I would use them for but I bought them because they caught my eye. Thankyou for the idea. Suzonne