Hot Potato! We have always enjoyed upcycling products and incorporating them in our product line. Since the beginning, we have been using burlap potato sacks & feed bags and implementing their best features into our pillows. One of our first big Etsy orders was a 16″ x 16″ ticking stripe pillow with the POTATOES attached by using a reversed applique technique. This customer bought four for her rocking chairs and later bought a set of four felt tree applique pillows for the fall season.
As our taste and design evolved, we began offering these upcycled beauties in a kidney / lumbar version. What we try to do since it all depends on what potato / feed sack we receive, is make each pillow a little different to make it ‘One Of A Kind’ and essentially unique. We try to play with the buttons and different ticking stripe colors. We have found that 50 pound bags work best (dimensionally / proportionally) but will use a 100 pound bag if in a pinch. Above are two current kidney pillows we have in our stock. They come from the same bag. The POTATOES is paired with a khaki ticking stripe and rustic wooden buttons while the BLUE BIRD is paired with a bluish grey ticking stripe and bright red buttons that are in the shape of a flower.
They can be found at https://www.etsy.com/listing/180327972/kidney-lumber-pillow-with-grey-ticking?ref=shop_home_active_3 and https://www.etsy.com/listing/51931098/kidney-lumber-pillow-with-beigeticking?ref=related-1
Again, the three stacked pillows above are from the same potato bag. The bottom does not have a word but rather a image of the BLUE BIRD logo. We made this one slightly larger in shape and looped taupe ribbon with navy blue stitching over the red buttons. This is paired with the blue ticking stripe. This can be found at https://www.etsy.com/listing/180330064/kidney-lumber-pillow-with-blue-ticking?ref=related-0
Here’s a close up of the BLUE BIRD kidney pillow
Here’s a close up of our current POTATOES…
Above is a photo of a POTATOES we have done in the past.
I wanted to share the original potato bag we purchased.
It has been fun working with these vintage playful materials. We brought one of the POTATOES to the Village Fest about a month ago and within that time we have had special requests from people to have one made from them. Needless to say, one or two do have Idaho roots…
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