Hand Sewing – Vintage Sugar Bag


I found this wonderful vintage sugar bag at the Long Beach Antique Market a few months back and knew I wanted to make it into a pillow. It’s pretty big but I knew it would display beautifully.


Since I don’t own a sewing machine, I’ve started hand-sewing projects I see and like. So far, it hasn’t been too hard. I recently completed this linen and flannel ruffled throw that I saw on the Farmhouse on Boone blog.


For this sugar bag pillow, I turned the fabric inside out and trimmed along the edges where it wasn’t level. Then I turned the top edge over 1/2 inch and then another 1/2 inch and sewed a finished edge here.


After that was complete, I sewed together the bottom and one side of the bag (the other side was already attached to the back as it came in one big piece).


After sewing the bottom and side together, I was ready to add some ties to the top of the bag. I have no experience hand-sewing ties but knew I would be putting a pillow and pillowcase on the inside of the bag since the top would remain open. When I went to Target and bought the pillow and pillowcase, a lightbulb went off. The pillowcases were sold inside a little drawstring bag. I decided to use the drawstring and cut it into four pieces and use those as ties on the sugar bag. The best part is that they already matched the pillowcase I would be using inside the bag so it was a win-win!


I purchased a standard/queen pillow from Target for only $4.00. The pillowcase came in a set of two and was $4.99. I should mention that the sugar bag cost me $5.00.


Here is the finished product – all for under $20.00! Let me know what you think.

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