Painting Faux Grain Sack….

We are still in the midst of the Living Room Redo….but definitely closing in on finishing.

Just a few little things we’d like to add here and there.

I absolutely LOVE European grain sacks….and collect them whenever I find them.

The grain sacks  that I have, though, are not the ones that I wanted to use in the living room.

So, until I find just the right ones….I painted some faux ones!

I will replace them with the real thing whenever I find just the right ones.

{Sorry—I took these pics before I ironed them….but you can get the idea!}

I definitely did not de-wrinkle and poof-up for these pics….forgive me. 😉

Here’s what you need:

1.  pillow covers {I made my own out of linen, aida, canvas; but you can purchase them already made..or make them out of any material you choose.}

2.  Pillow inserts…if you do not already have them

3.  Paint in desired colors — acrylic is fine {you can use the little bottles from Michael’s, etc.}

4.  Fabric/Textile medium….DecoArt or Martha Stewart Crafts from Michael’s ,etc.

5.  Paint brushes..foam is best

6. Painter’s tape or masking tape

Here’s how ya do it:

1. Tape your stripes….in whatever pattern you desire: one broad and one thin or several thin or thin/broad/thin—look at pictures of grain sacks that you like. {You will have to do only one stripe at the time; but it dries quickly…so, never fear!}

2.  Mix your paint with the textile medium according to instructions.

3. Paint your taped-off stripe….but don’t make it opaque if you want a worn look.  You will almost be dry-brushing in some areas—let your paint run out on the brush.

4. Once that stripe is done and dry, remove the tape—and tape your next stripe.

5. Sew up your pillow covers—put the inserts in—and enjoy!

I did a couple of red ones on aida for Christmas—-they are not my favorites because the red was too bright. Ah, live and learn! They were still fun for the holidays—next time I will know to go with a deeper shade of red for a more authentic look. Each one of these pillows cost just a few dollars to create. {I used the pillow inserts that I already had.}  So, they are a great fix while I am waiting for the real thing to appear before me….at the right price, too! 🙂


Sharing with:  Skip to My LouSumo’s Sweet StuffTip Junkie,Today’s Creative BlogNot JUST a HousewifeBlue Cricket DesignThe Shabby Chic CottageWhipperberryThe Idea Room,  Between Naps on the PorchFrench Country CottageThe Lettered CottageThrifty Decor ChickHouse of Hepworth’sRemodelaholicFunky Junk InteriorsAt the Picket FenceMy Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaStuff and NonsenseCommon GroundDIY ShowoffHome Stories A to Z, a.k.a. DesignSomeday CraftsCreations by KaraYesterday on TuesdayOrganize and Decorate EverythingThe Inspired Room2805Making the World CuterThe Girl CreativeCraftomaniacCarolyns HomeworkFireflies & JellybeansFingerprints on the FridgeTatertots & JelloBe Different Act NormalI Heart Naptime, Freckled Laundry, It All Started With Paint


27 thoughts on “Painting Faux Grain Sack….

  1. I’m so excited to see this tutorial! I’ve been wanting to make similar pillows for quite some time, and love all the ones you’ve made. Thank You So Much for sharing!

  2. This post is perfection! Wonderful looking cushions, they’re sooo professional!
    Love your tutorial, and awesome photos!
    Thank you for sharing and for your tips!

  3. Love those pillows. I am updating my family room and I will be makingsome pillows soon; will use the grandsons’ number (yes, they BOTH have the same one) on one pillow. They will love it..
    BTW, where did you get the “Whatever You Are Be a Good One” pillow? I MUST have one . . .

  4. Pingback: DIY Photobooth & Doin’ It Yourself Link Party #14 | {aka}|design

Love to hear from you guys.......

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s