What to do with a grain sack

Make a delightful French-style, no-sew curtain, that’s what. I’m excited about this because I have been trying to figure out a solution to the window dressing in our home office/craft room (Jules, would say it is his home office, whilst I would say it is my craft room) for a while.    I don’t want to spend money on curtains and they would be too heavy for this room and I also want as much light to come in as possible, whilst blocking out just enough not to get glare on our computer.  So, I have bought one grain sack on eBay for £20 and a curtain wire and clips from Ikea for £2.50.  The challenge:  To make a delightful cafe-style half-curtain.  Here’s how I did it…

You will need:

1. Grain sack (just type grain sack into eBay search engine and choose the colour and design you like best but don’t pay more than about £20).

2. Curtain wire and clips (I bought mine from Ikea for £2.50 click here to view them)

3. Scissors

4. Drill


1. Cut the sack open and cut off the excess fabric according to the measurements of your window. You don’t need to sew the resulting hems as the fabric is heavy duty but you can if you want a neater finish.

2. Put up your curtan wire following the enclosed instructions (this is the part you need the drill for). I put it about half way up the window.

3. Hang your fabric evenly with the clips.

4. And that is all there is to it!

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What could be easier?

Katy x



  1. Amy
    22nd February 2013 / 1:08 pm

    So simple! Love this idea and a bargain. Keep the ideas coming…I’m hooked.

  2. lino
    22nd February 2013 / 3:16 pm

    Tres bien! A fantastic idea! Looks great!

  3. Claire
    22nd February 2013 / 6:41 pm

    This is a seriously good idea! I have lived in so many places where I couldn’t afford curtains. Where were you then Katy? And on some windows the grain sack would actually look better than curtains or blinds. Well done!

  4. kasha skwarcan
    22nd February 2013 / 9:18 pm

    clever idea, love how so much light still gets in the top part of the window; i will be trying this one out.

  5. Jules O
    22nd February 2013 / 9:42 pm

    I love this and so cheap and easy! You are a wonder Katy. Look forward to more brilliant ideas.

  6. hpretty
    24th February 2013 / 6:57 pm

    love this. Now where do i get a grain sack….

    • katy
      24th February 2013 / 7:12 pm


      Either buy linen fabric that looks like grain sack for about £10 a metre:

      Grain sack fabric


      Buy an original grain sack like I did for £16.50:

      Original grain sack

  7. 25th February 2013 / 3:16 am

    Great use for the grain sack! Also, I think it will make for an awesome throw pillow, tote bag or grocery bag. Re-inventing is definitely the best green practice we should all do!

  8. Penny
    2nd March 2013 / 6:46 pm

    It’s so simple and looks really good….clever girl.

    • katy
      9th October 2013 / 8:04 am

      Merci beaucoup, Christelle! x

  9. 1st March 2016 / 8:30 pm

    This is lovely, so cool, and I have already bought a curtain wire to make a cafe curtain for my downstairs bathroom (read cupboard under stairs!) so this would work great! x

  10. 16th June 2016 / 9:45 am

    Where can I buy grain sacks please .I think there lovely .

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