February 28, 2010

Vintage grain sack tutorial

I recently saw in a magazine a roman shade made out of a vintage grain sack and I wanted one. I scouted out grain sacks on eBay and found this one I loved but it cost $100. I decided to make my own....

Burlap (sized to your project, mine was 1.5 yards)
Spray adhesive
Razor blade knife
Painters tape (for delicate surfaces)
Sponge brush
Wood craft paint
Textile medium for wood craft paint
Iron and scrap material/paper to heat set paint

  1. Save a picture of the grain sack you like to your computer. Open it up in a photo program such as     Photoshop.  Crop the picture down into several pieces & enlarge them to the right size for your project. I cut my design into 9 separate pieces, each filling one piece of paper. 

2.       Trace each outline with a black permanent marker, making the lines more visible. Cut along the lines with a razor blade knife to make the stencils. 

3.       My pattern has a red stripe going down the center of the feed sack, to replicate this use blue painters tape (for delicate surfaces) taping on either side of where your stripe is going to be.  Using regular wood craft paint (toll paint) mixed with textile medium (follow directions on label) and a sponge brush, paint the stripe.

4.       Position each stencil piece on the burlap. Once positioned, taking two at a time, spray the stencils with adhesive drying for a few seconds before placing on burlap. Paint each one, removing stencil immediately after painting; otherwise the paper will be too hard to remove.  Continue until all stencils have been painted. 

5.       Let dry. When dry follow instructions on label of textile medium to heat set the paint, making it washable.  Usually this means covering the painted area with scrap material/paper and running an iron over it.

6.       Drum roll please…the side by side of the original vintage worth $100 vs. my knock off, isn’t it wonderful? 

Check back later to see how I turn this into a roman shade! I would love to see your projects, if you make one please post a comment with a link to your blog.


  1. This turned out wonderful! Looks as good, if not better than the original grain sack. I can't wait to see your finished roman shades

  2. Yes this is 2die4 and I am getting one for my birthday girls....this is my daughter-in-law more like a daughter to me...I have always been the crafty one but this sweetie is coming in to her own...I am soooo proud of her talents and imagination.......she is not a matchy matchy girl like me and that is what makes her designs so free spirited...Welcome Ames to the craft world...You are truely a talent in my eyes..Hugs from ME

  3. It is wonderful! Nicely done! I'm really drawn to vintage sacks! Thanks so much for linking to Creative Cats this week!

  4. Seriously, this is so wonderful. I would love to feature you on www.mydeartrash.blogspot.com. Stop by and let me know what you think.

  5. Thanks everyone for the wonderful feedback, I love to check my in-box and see comments.

    @Sherry: Thanks so much for visiting our very new blog.

    @Teelady: Thanks for always supporting me and giving me tips and ideas.

    @Andy: The link parties are always so good, I'm glad I recently found your site.

    @Laura: I would love to be featured on your blog, and I would love to feature you, we should have a blog swap.

  6. Very cute! It looks exactly like the expensive one. Great job!

  7. Wow, that looks great...just as good as the $100 version!

  8. Wow, you took all the fear out of this project for me - breaking it down into step by step - woohoo, I can do that!! And the side by side comparison? Amazing!!!! Thank you so much!

  9. That is awesome! I love it!

  10. Love, love, love This tutorial!
    Thank you indeed for sharing.
    I made something similar and I put your link in my blog.
    Regards from Tuscany

  11. Awesome! Thanks for sharing!!


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