Friday, October 18, 2013

Tutorial Grain Sack Painted Stripes on Canvas Sacks

Found 11 canvas vintage canvas sacks at an estate sale. Happy dance. Washed them, dried outside on a sunny day. 7 were vintage with lettered coin bags, 4 were plain vintage canvas bags.

Hung the sacks that had bank type words on pant hangers. They will be in my booth at VAM.

The 4 plain canvas sacks had possibilities. After all my grain sack envy I thought, why not PAINT stripes on them so I can have the faux german/french/homemade grain sacks look.

So I did.

First I tried out the painting stripes on my canvas drop cloth. I learned a bit about how much paint to use and the best way to tape/paint the stripes. So, tutorial follows.

On your fabric decide where you want your stripes

1. Place the 2 pieces of yellow tape spaced for wide stripe, make sure the tape edges are very tight to the cloth (press with finger along edge, make sure the contact between tape and canvas is tight (note I chose a space that was LESS than the width of the tape, works well for step 3).

2. Paint space between tape. Remove tape right away (discard) Pull tape straight back. Wait for the paint to dry.
3. Place tape over the DRIED red stripe. You can see through this tape. It will be the inside tape edges for the narrow stripes. Place the outside 2 pieces of tape for the narrow stripes. Paint the two spaces between the tape. Remove the three tapes (discard)
4. Finished result.



Chalk type paint
Yellow Frog tape

Here is the sequence (again) that I used for painting, this time using a rougher canvas bag surface that was not as flat, (should have steam ironed it first).

This smaller canvas bag had 'bleed through' (6 , 7) in several spots. I used Antique White Chalk Clay paint and a fine brush and dotted this carefully over the darker blue areas. It shows a bit. (8)

I stuffed the sacks to show how they would look as small cushions.

One of the faux grain sack painted canvas sacks is displayed below on my painted faux grain sack painted chair (faux painted wooden box here).This painted striped cushion fabric was a smoother painting surface.

I am seeing more faux grain sack striped dressers, benches, side tables, chair seats on Pinterest. I love the look and had a great time painting the stripes.

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  1. Wonderful tutorial, great upcycling and your painting is flawless!

  2. I love it! I like the printed ones, and the ones you painted, great idea. I have plans to make slip covers for my porch cushions using drop cloths, and paint them like this, so thanks for the tutorial. I would have used acrylic, so now I think I'll use chalk paint, huh? thanks -Dawn @ We Call It

  3. Very creative! Those sacks are looking great!

  4. Joy, you are always so creative...I just love everything you do! xo Jen

  5. You are AMAZING!!! Love all your creations! You inspire us.....

  6. Great tutorial Joy! I'm going to be on the lookout for grain sacks... wait... I might have one in the old trunk upstairs. Yipee! ( another project on my list... thanks a lot) Just kidding. I love that look and it would make great looking pillow covers for the family room. It's so fun to make something useful out of an article that's just laying around.

    Thanks for sharing such a fun project! Your directions are great.

    Blessings, Edie Marie

  7. This was a great idea. I am crazy over feedsacks, floursacks, grainsacks...oh you get my point.
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. Awesome tutorial Joy - I definitely want to try this sometime. I found you over at the Junkin Joes Party and am definitely adding you to my G+ Circles!

  9. What a fabulous idea! I've been brooding over those for a while. Now you've shown me an economical way to get the look I love! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial.

  10. I love the grain sacks but especially love how you painted that chair. Cheers!

  11. Great find on the canvas bags. Love the way you displayed the bank bags. but the grain sack painting idea is so clever. Thanks for the how-to.

  12. Great project, love it! Thanks for sharing tutorial!
    Enjoy your day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  13. I am a grainsack junky too!!!!! So nice!!!! Deb:) Vintage On A Dime

  14. These are really beautiful! I know I should learn to do something like this! I sure love the look of them! Hugs!

  15. Hi Joy! Nice to meet you! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! You are one crafty lady! :)

  16. fabulous idea! and thanks for the tutorial - though I doubt I would be able to paint cloth as neatly as you! I have some printed flour sacks which I love for lining bread baskets etc.
    Have a wonderful week. I am joining you through Mosaic Monday.

  17. Very clever and thank you for the tutorial!
    Visiting from Mary's Mosaic Monday.

  18. LOVE your grain sacks and the chair!! Great tutorial; thank you.

  19. Thanks for the wonderful idea and tutorial. I can't wait to try this out.

  20. Love this!
    I have a giveaway going on, would love for you to check it out!

  21. What a great tutorial! You make it look so easy. I am going to have to pin this for sure :-)


  22. These are great...and I am so going to steal this idea for a grain sack that I have that doesn't have stripes. As a matter of fact I have some coffee burlap sacks that I might even add a stripe or two to. Thanks for the inspiration!


  23. I love grain sacks Joy, and now I know what to do with them. Great tutorial!

  24. Those turned out wonderfully, Joy...the sacks were a great find!

  25. Now I have grain sack envy! ;) Yours turned out great! Thanks so much for linking them up at the DIY Sunday Showcase.
    Cheers to you and yours,

  26. They turned out great, Joy! What a great find, too.

  27. This is awesome I love how they turned out..great tutorial! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday linky party and share this post with us.

  28. Great tutorial Joy! pinning it. Those sacks were wonderful finds, you did a fabulous job, thanks for sharing!

  29. You made me think I can do this! Great tutorial! thanks so much for linking up to Twirl and Take a Bow! ox

  30. These look so pretty. You have this down to a science and it is so pretty. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  31. Joy what a great project! It looks wonderful. Thanx for partying at THT!

  32. Great job, love them! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  33. I love this IDEA!! I need to try this I have painted a drop cloth before and LOVED it!!
    I would love for you to come link up to my Furniture and Paint Party going on NOW!!!
    Hope to see you there

  34. I just love this..If I could sew I would be making tons of these..:)
    Thanks so much for linking up to
    Have a BEAUTIFUL day,

  35. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for sharing!!! You are the queen of stripes : ) HUGS...

  36. This is FABULOUS! I have been wanting to do this on some canvas pillows so thank you so much for the tutorial!

  37. LOVE THEM!!!! What a wonderful idea. Occasionally I find things like this at yard sales, want them but don't know what to do with them. They would look great in the kitchen or laundry room like this. Thank you, brilliant!!

  38. Well, you know I'm obsessed with any type of grain sack. LOVE how these came out. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  39. Great tutorial. A lovely accent pillow. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Hugs!

  40. I've been seeing this getting featured all over the place, congrats! I just came back over to say thanks so much for joining my We Call It Olde Link Up. New one starts tomorrow, hope to see you there. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It

  41. Great tutorial! I'm featuring them in this week's PoPP Spotlight.

  42. Wonderful tutorial, Joy - grain sacks can be a bit pricey - these look fabulous - I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday -

  43. Love your project ... very good tutorials. I have not had much luck with painting stripes, so this will help. Congrats on all the features ... well deserved.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures


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