Finds of the Week #37: What Would You Do With These?


It was so cold this past weekend (like -36 Celcius with the windchill… yikes!) that I didn’t go out to do any thrifting, but I did find some cool things last week.

I’ve long been an admirer of burlap, and have done a few projects over the years using it… such as my repurposed tealight tree flower art that I just posted.

I had never seen burlap sacks in my  neck of the thrifting woods…

3 burlap bags

until I found these… three burlap sacks for $3 each.

It was love at first sight, but when I got home I said to myself… “What in the heck are you going to do with these you crazy girl?!”

Honestly I have no idea.

And yes I talk to myself. Doesn’t everyone? 🙂


Swiss water bag 1

This one has a cool logo on the front…


Swiss water bag 2

and is blank on the back.

They’re all a little wrinkled, but this one is really wrinkled.

Have you ever tried to iron a burlap sack? I haven’t. Any tips?


Coffee beans bag 1

This one has the same wording on the front and back…


Coffee beans bag 2

in this lovely green.


Norfolk bag 1

And this one has a lot of purple wording and a fabulous thick green stripe down the front…


Norfolk bag 2

and the back.


3 burlap bags

They all measure about  29″ by 41″, and structurally they’re in great shape.

I’ve seen so many things done with burlap sacks… mostly upholstery projects. I’m going to have to think about this for awhile… roll it around in my brain and see what comes out. lol.

Are you a burlap fan? What would you do with them?

Thanks so much for reading and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.


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  1. ColleenB. says:

    I’m sure someday that little light bulb will come on and you will think of something pretty cool and awesome to use them sacks for.
    To iron, I would lay a clean cloth over top and then iron

    1. Thanks Colleen! I hope you’re right about that light bulb. I think I’ll wait until it’s warm so I can wash them and let them dry outside.

  2. I stuff them with poly fil and/ or plastic bags and tie or hand stitch closed for outdoor use on my porch swing

    1. doneva fellows says:

      excellent. Never thought of using plastic bags for stuffing outdoor pillows. and i have a few that i was going to “eventually” cut to use as plarn. Like that’s gonna happen but at least i have them. thanks for the great idea.

      1. I never thought of that either. It’s a great idea!

    2. That is an awesome idea Sherry! I never would have thought to stuff them with plastic bags. Great way to reuse some bags.

  3. They make great backgrounds in frames and throw pillows for a chair or couch. I love mine. I fill the green and red with pine cones at Christmas. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to your finds They make me smile.

    1. Thanks Julie! Throw pillows are a lovely idea. And I can see how pine cones would go perfectly with burlap. Thanks for the suggestions. 🙂

  4. You know what these remind me? They remind me that we raised hogs when I was a kid and we had TONS of these sacks. We threw them out. YES! Can you believe it? And we had some of those big (and small) milk cans! Did we keep anything? NO! ACK! And if I’d have seen these at that price, I’d have bought them to! No idea what I’d do, but as with you, something will come up! Can’t wait to see what you do! Don

    1. Thanks Dona! Isn’t it funny how things from the past come around again in a whole new way. I think it’s awesome how yesterday’s junk becomes today’s treasure.

  5. I am a burlap fan but the only thing I think of right away is the obvious pillow or upholstering a stool or piece of furniture. I have seen the smaller ones framed. I know you will come up with something totally unique!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I’m kinda liking the pillow idea, but we’ll see. They really need to be ironed at least a little bit before I do anything with them. I hate ironing. lol.

  6. I have several burlap sacks too and I’m not sure what I want to do with them either. I think pillows are cute…or a chair seat…or maybe matting for a picture…


    1. Thanks Tania! Those are all awesome ideas. A chair seat is an interesting one. Hmmm. I’ll have to think on that.

  7. Patricia B says:

    Hey Tuula,
    I love burlap! So rustic, yet so chic. I’ve been thinking of making kitchen curtains, for the window over the kitchen sink. My other plan was to get an old window make the curtains for that, then hang a handmade wreath on the window and display over my fireplace or in my craft room. Can hardly wait to see what you do with them.

    1. Thanks Patricia! Curtains are a fun idea… especially with an old window. I agree with you… burlap is rustic and chic.

  8. All excellent ideas! I made a Santa Feed Sack from a plain burlap bag at Christmas time. Although I used Heat Transfer Vinyl, you could make a stencil and paint anything on them.

    As for ironing? LOTS of steam and heat! You’re still going to have some wrinkles, but then, that’s the character of the burlap.

    I know you’ll find exactly what’s right for you when you decide to make something with them.

    1. That should have been a Santa REINDEER Feed Sack – not a Santa Feed Sack! LOL

      1. lol. Too funny! I kinda knew what you meant. 🙂

    2. Thanks Camille! Thanks for the steam tip. I rarely iron because I hate it, lol, but these need at least a little. Your Santa Feed Sack sounds fun! 🙂

  9. I thought of curtains too, if you have a small old fashioned looking window somewhere.

    Does anyone remember doing races with your feet in a big one, and you hopped along trying to go as fast as you could? Only back then we didn’t call them burlap sacks we called them gunny sacks. We used to get 50 lbs. of potatoes that were in big gunny (burlap) sacks.

    Which brings me to thinking about my grandmas root cellar out in her field, then that makes me think of our cellar that you got to by going in to our pantry and lifting up a trapdoor in the floor and going down some wood steps. the walls were cut down dirt to stack things on and the floor was dirt too. It was small in size. Well now that makes me think of my other grandmas cellar that you got to by a trap door that was under her kitchen table and was also just dirt dug out to make a place for cold storage.
    Wow, see what you and your burlap sacks have done to me Tuula!

    1. How wonderful Ronny that my burlap sacks have brought back these memories for you. I do have a vague recollection of racing in potato sacks when I was young, but have no idea if they resembled burlap sacks. Haven’t thought of that in years… so see you brought back a memory for me too. Thanks Ronny. 🙂

  10. Hi Tuula,
    I’ve seen these sacks framed and they look great, there are heaps of ideas on google and Pinterest, you could sell them in your Etsy store. The sacks can be washed first then ironed with a med to hot iron, or washed first the iron while still damp.

    1. Thanks for the tips Pam! I never would have thought to dampen them that’s for sure. I hate to iron… but I will for these. I have to admit that even though I love Google and Pinterest I sometimes find all the info a little overwhelming.

      1. I have an allergy to ironing myself but it was the only thing I could think of. You are right about Google and Pinterest but I like to look when I have time. Let me know if you need some research done I’m happy to help.

        1. Thanks so much for the offer Pan! That’s so sweet of you. 🙂

    1. Thanks Cecilia! A pillow cover might be fun, and I could use some outdoor seat cushions. Hmmm. I’ll have to think on that some more.

    1. Thanks so much Pam! I’ll check them out. 🙂 Sometimes blogger and WP don’t play nice together. I have no idea why.

        1. WordPress… sometimes blogger and wordpress don’t play nice. 🙂

          1. Oh, thanks for that Tuula!

  11. Judy Bittner says:

    Have you given any thought to burlap slipcovers for your lampshades? You could make a cover to slip over a lampshade and then when it gets dusty just slip it off and toss it in the wash! ……….Just a thought.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion Judy! I’ve done a few lampshade makeovers but never with burlap. That might be fun!

    1. Thanks Jill! Oh how I’d love to have a front porch swing to make pillows for. I just might have to find one. 🙂

  12. I stuff them with cedar chips, sew it back together and give them to the human of any dog I see chained up for use in their dog house.

    1. That’s such a wonderful idea Brenda! I’m sure the human and the dog both appreciate it.