Coffee Sack Creations

A few weeks ago while venturing out on an early Saturday morning to get some java, I scored some burlap coffee sacks from my favorite local coffee shop (sorry, but I can’t share my source, otherwise you’d all be running there).  These free treasures have been sitting in my garage ever since (on top of the lawn mower which the mister hasn’t been thrilled about) waiting for my creative juices to flow and transform them.

Finally, over the weekend, an idea popped in my head and I had an AH – HAH moment! O, BUT WAIT… before showcasing my coffee sack creation (which I’m still putting the finishing touches on), I wanted to share some other creative ways to use coffee sacks in your decor.


What a great, organic style headboard using coffee sacks.  I love how every sack is unique with the stamping of where it came from.  I do have to admit though, the sacks that I’ve been working with really smell like coffee (duh – of course), so I don’t know how I’d feel about having a headboard made of coffee sacks and having the aroma of coffee 24-7.  Would you enjoy the smell?  If you attempted to wash them, they may get destroyed – just a little warning.


Now this is a creative idea – recycle a coffee sack and reuse it as a window valance.  Good Thinking, especially when on a budget as Jay & Melissa were!  Again, with the different wording, lettering, and coloring, every coffee sack is unique.  When using it for another purpose, you have to simply incorporate them “as is”.  I love how these valances are different because of the sacks coloring and wording, but the same with the way they are hung over the window. Their natural “wear and tear” are to be expected and in this shabby chic-style setting with the paneled walls, they beautifully complement the decor.


A perfect simple-affordable-stylish complement to any decor style = Coffee Sack Seating! Once again, because of the uniqueness of each coffee sack, your piece is going to be a one-of-a-kind creation.

Top Left to Right (Cottage Industry, Recycled Brooklyn, Crystelle, Viva Terra)

Perfect for back to school organization and creating a central command center, transform an old cork board by reusing it and covering it with a coffee sack.  Or because of the interesting graphics on many of the coffee sacks, use old sacks to display as art.

Just in time for the holidays, these Christmas stockings made by Michelle Fritz, would be a perfect, natural look to hang on your festive mantel.  I will share with you though, in using my coffee sacks for my latest project, the material is very difficult to work with because it frays so easily.  If you are inspired to create stockings like these, use tape on the edges to avoid fraying or try a burlap material instead.

Lastly, I think this is quite neat.  There is a company called, Petit Four Designs, who upcycle coffee and grain sacks to create adorable, one-of-a-kind pillows, as well as unique curtains and wall hangings.  Here is a sampling of their products:

What ideas do you have for reusing old coffee sacks?

Until tomorrow…  when I get to sharing my creation…

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  1. Fiona says

    We’ve just decorated using coffee sacks. They smelled really strong of coffee when we got them but after 4 days outside being aired, and some febreze, they were perfect. They smell fresh and lovely – would never guess they had smelled so strong before.

    • Jenna says

      Aren’t coffee sacks awesome to decorate with. They add so much interest and texture to a space. The smell isn’t great at first, but that was a good idea to febreeze them! Enjoy your coffee sack creation -Jenna

  2. Adam says

    Hi there,

    I love your coffee sack ideas!
    One question…….how do you stop the material from coming off on to your clothes?

    Kind regards


    • Jenna says

      The material from the coffee sack really doesn’t rub off. I’ve only used it on an ottoman and not on a chair, so I really can’t truly say – it shouldn’t be an issue though. -Jenna

  3. says

    Thank you for your ideas…I too came to meet my personal resource of coffee sacks….however, with future brides who are taking a fancy to burlap (coffee sacks), I used the coffee sacks to wrap the bride’s engagement gifts sewing or glue gunned the burlap closed. A big hit where one mother of the party invite offered to make pillows from the gift wrap. Also, at Merc Mart in Chicago some 8 years ago? one floor of high end furniture showed out an incredible collection of warn-vintage furniture with the coffee sacks! So, the ideas continue…thanks again.