17 Ways to Reuse a Burlap Sack

Make a flower trug from an old burlap sack!

There are so many fun ways to reuse a burlap sack! Try out some of these creative burlap craft ideas.

There are so many fun ways to reuse a burlap sack! Try out some of these creative burlap craft ideas.

If you’re a crafter who loves to reuse, chances are you’ve never thrown away a burlap sack, if you were lucky enough to score one. Maybe you have a coffee bag or two taking up space in your crafty stash right now!

Try some of these awesome ways to reuse a burlap sack, whether it’s a coffee bag, potato sack, rice bag, or something completely different!

Old potato sacks or coffee sacks make lovely, simple, DIY wall art! Here's how I transformed some salvaged burlap sacks into display-worthy pieces.

1. Wall Art – Burlap sacks often come printed with cool designs. Show them off with this neat framing technique!

2. Burlap Bunnies – Just in time for Easter! These cute bunnies are a great way to reuse old burlap sacks.

3. Chair Cover – Got an old chair that needs reupholstering? Burlap to the rescue!

4. Purse – I’m loving the look of this cute burlap purse.

How to Upcycle a Coffee Sack into a Burlap Box

5. Home Storage – Fabric boxes are great for wrangling craft supplies! Grab an old burlap sack and get yourself organized!

6. No-Sew Drawstring Bags – These are great for protecting small items, like lipstick or sunglasses, in your purse. You can also use them as party favor bags. No sewing required.

Make a flower trug from an old burlap sack!

7. Flower Trug – Tote those fresh-cut flowers in style!

8. Halloween Treat Bags – It’s a little bit early to start planning for Halloween, so tuck this tute away for the fall!

Burlap Sack Bulletin Board

9. Bulletin Board – Turn an ugly, second-hand bulletin board into something totally cute.

10. Ottomans – I’ll be honest: I’m floored at how cute these coffee sack ottomans are! Any large burlap sack would work for this project.

11. Table Runner – Turn an old burlap sack into a rustic table runner for your next dinner party.

12. No-Sew Sofa Cushions – No sewing skills required to make these cute sofa cushions from old burlap sacks!

13. Paintings – This is a great way to use up smaller, leftover pieces of burlap. You can choose unprinted portions of your bag, or work with any already-printed text or logos to create your burlap art.

14. Market Tote – Because doesn’t everyone need one more reusable grocery bag? This design is super adorable!

15. Sunglasses Case – This burlap sunglasses case is lined with recycled felt to protect your shades from scratches.

16. Lampshade – Turn a boring old lampshade into a statement piece with some burlap from an old coffee sack, rice bag, or potato sack.

17. Hand-Lettering – This is another cool way to deck out your burlap for any of the projects listed above. House by Hoff shows you how to add crisp, beautiful hand-lettering to your burlap.

Do you have any favorite ways to reuse a burlap sack? Tell us about them in the comments!

Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .


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  1. Where do you find your burlap sacks? I would love to be able to have a stash on hand. However, even our chicken feed has gone to “plastic” burlap … and you can’t even bring them back in for reuse because they’re worried about cross-contamination.

    • I wonder if you have any local growers or eco-friendly farmers near you? I bought some used coffee sacks off of a coffee plantation during a vacation in Hawaii once, and although of course I’m not going to be trotting off to Hawaii every time I need a coffee sack, it did tune me into the local growers, grinders, farmers, etc. who might be using, re-using, and/or selling their sustainable supplies in my area.

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