Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Hungarian Grain Sacks

While in Liberty I discovered Hungarian grain sacks...and I seriously regret not buying them after seeing all their modern uses. The sacks are hand woven with durable flax/hemp linen, and feel much softer than the burlap sacks found in United States. The varying stripes indicate which mills they came from giving the sacks history and character. Pictured above are two grain sacks in their original form, and they can be purchased on ebay through seller loodylady.

If you like the look of these grain sacks, but don't want to deal with sewing there are several companies that sell the antique linens as pillows, bags and more. The London based design company MFV 53 has a variety of handmade pillows and aprons. The stylish cushions can also be used indoors and outdoors. I love the navel ribbon cushions (top right), which are adorned with vintage military & naval medal bars and ribbons. Clever!


Beyond France Ltd. also sells a diverse selection of items made with vintage grain sacks. Such items include vintage fabric bags, bolster pillow covers, upholstery linen ideas, stair runners, and window coverings. They also sell grain sacks individually including the monogrammed linens.



These sacks are fantastic...UGH...regrets...but maybe next time!

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very nice. I like the idea very much.

Krissy said...

the stair runner is a wonderful idea, but i would feel guilty walking on it for fear of making them dirty! they are so unique. the pillows are fantastic and more my speed!

That Girl Designs said...

this is a great post diana. so much inspiration and ideas. i think the pillows are my favorite.

diana @ please sir said...

Thanks! I would be scared to walk on them too!

design for mankind. said...

GREAT POST! :)

JLC Studio said...

These are fabulous! I especially love the one's with the ribbons...I love a good use of ribbon in home accessories!

bronwyn said...

OK- I have a new obsession! The link to the ebay seller is a dangerous, dangerous thing!

Mrs.French said...

One of my all time favorite posts..I may just need to post about your sweet post!

Pigtown-Design said...

I love the grain sack bag. It would be perfect for the market.

diana @ please sir said...

THANK YOU - so glad you liked - would love for you to share!

littlebyRD said...

I love the use of these grain sacks! So cool!

hetty said...

Just found a fantastic website www.thewishingchair.co.uk that does children's chairs upholstered in these gorgeous fabrics. They are sweet!

Tamara said...

If you like grain sacks, then you should check out www.tamarafogle.com! Have a look at the 'Antique fabrics' section, to see more bags using Hungarian linens, and some German flour sacks too...

Anonymous said...

You can find beautiful bags, aprons and Christmas stockings made from these very French linens on etsy by jacklynn4, the christmas stockings are also on ebay and at a blogspot site:

fiveacrefarmantiques.blogspot.com

Jules said...

wow! these are all awesome. i've seen the saks used for pillows but never as a runner on a staircase. love it!

Anonymous said...

If you love these grain sack pillows check out these affordable, stylish versions at www.styledspaces.etsy.com

kate adams said...

Loved the handbags from grain sacks . . .i'm now making handbags using these textiles but totally different designs . . . selling on Etsy and SweetPeaPockets.com - they're wonderful textiles to work with!!

Please visit and let me know what you think!

Linenqueen said...

I just got one of these sacks, blue stripe at The Great British Pine Mine in Kensington Md for $48. I am not associated with the store in any way, just passing along information. The twill weave is like burlap in texture. I am going to use it to upholster a chair. Love that rough look.

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