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Ambre farine de luxe

Ambre farine maroc flour bag upcycle outdoor cushion

So most people buy tagine pots or rugs when they go to Morocco (if you’re not flying Easyjet with a weight limit on your baggage of course). I did buy some beautiful classic souvenirs but my favourite items were these Ambre farine du luxe (luxury flour) bags. I spotted some at the back of a food stand in the souk in Marrakesh (full of flour) and I became obsessed. I then spotted that builders re-use the empty bags to fill with rubble on building sites. A conversation with a French builder later, I was directed to a builders’ merchant, taken into a back room where these bags (and similar) were piled floor to ceiling. The owner kindly let me pick out 3 yellow ones in good condition and charged me twice the going rate (the French builder warned me this would happen). But at 2MAD a piece (which is 15p) I wasn’t going to argue and I literally skipped out with them under my arm. Here they are hung up in our hotel room shower after a quick rinse.

Ambre farine maroc flour bag upcycle outdoor cushion

Why did I want them? Well they have a lovely design, they have Arabic on them which I love, they are yellow (which matches my deck design palette) and they are weaved plastic so they are perfect to be turned into outdoor cushion covers. I shortened them a bit to the size of some old pillows I had. I sewed them on my sewing machine (it did blunt the needle which I was expecting and just changed it after).

Ambre farine maroc flour bag upcycle outdoor cushion

Et voilà!

Ambre farine maroc flour bag upcycle outdoor cushion

The perfect pop of yellow on our new deck.

Ambre farine maroc flour bag upcycle outdoor cushion Ambre farine maroc flour bag upcycle outdoor cushionAmbre farine maroc flour bag upcycle outdoor cushion

Happy making!

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