Crafts,  Painting

Painting Grain Sack Stripes on Fabric

I may have bragged a time or two about the area we live in. Postcard perfect really. There is just one problem. Our nearest three towns are seriously lacking in the shopping department. I blame the internet. It’s both a curse and a blessing. I think as a result of a lot of people doing their shopping online, there has been a decline in retail stores. Some things you really need to see in person before you buy. Case in point…fabric.

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Grain sack stripes

I’ve been digging grain sack fabric for some time now. If I wanted to buy some I would have to order it on the internet. Then I came across a tutorial where someone made their own. I thought it was genius and with any luck I could do the same.

I headed out to pick up some painters drop cloths. I lucked out and found them at Canadian Tire. For all you non-Canadians, (it sucks to be you), CanTire is our national hardware store. I read most drop cloths have a big seam down the middle but I took a chance and bought it anyways. Nothing to loose.

These ones were perfect. They are made of a heavy natural twill material with no seam to be found.

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Painters drop cloth

When I got it home I threw it in the washer and let it air dry until it was just damp. Then I ironed it. I decided to make a table runner and 2 pillow covers. First up the runner. I took one I had on hand and cut a piece of material about an inch bigger all around.

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Old one as a template

While I was at it I cut out for two pillow covers too.

For the runner I turned the sides and sewed them before I started on the stripes. I thought it would be easier to center the stripes after.

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Love/hate the sewing machine

Now it was time for the stripes. I just eyeballed it.

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Painters tape

If you do this don’t forget to really get the tape on good so the paint won’t bleed underneath. I used a plastic scrapper.

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Worked perfect

Then it was time for paint. I decided on navy for the stripes so I just painted in between the taped lines. It takes a bit more paint than you might think. I also had a piece of cardboard underneath in case paint came through the other side but it didn’t. Then I removed the tape while the paint was wet. And voila.

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Grain sack table runner

I’m no seamstress, in fact the sewing machine and I are only casual acquaintances, sometimes enemies, but it turned out pretty good.

Now on to the pillow covers. Same steps except this time I painted the stripes before I sewed.

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Green and navy paint

Here I was removing the tape while the paint was wet. The paint darkens as it dries.

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So far…so good

Back at the sewing machine there were 2 sides to sew and once the pillow was inserted I hand stitched the third side.

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Trying to line up the stripes

Here are the pillows all finished.

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New pillows

And in their new home. We are working on finishing that entryway wall as we speak.

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Grain sack painted pillows

You might think the painted parts would be stiff but not really. I read you should use fabric paint and I’m sure that might make a difference but I just used regular latex paint.

If anyone asks I’m not telling them I had to buy fabric at Canadian Tire. Nope, not telling.

Later

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