Faux Grain Sack Drop Cloth Pillows

Faux Grain Sack Drop Cloth Pillows

If you have ever priced grain sack fabric, then you already know it can be a bit pricey. Let’s face it, all home decor fabrics are expensive, aren’t they? The answer to that question is a resounding YES!

For the last three years, I have been searching for Christmas pillows for my living room. I have high hopes every year, and every year I want to have a temper tantrum in the pillow aisle of every store I visit. All the many dollars for a pillow that I will only use 4 to 6 weeks. If I only needed one pillow, it wouldn’t be that bad, but I need 6 to 8 to properly outfit my couch and chairs.

So this year I decided to stop procrastinating and make my own. A couple of months ago, I gave my dining room a makeover and to stay within my budget of only $100 I was forced to make nice with my sewing machine. We are now on speaking terms.

I had quite a bit of drop cloth fabric leftover from this project, so I decided to whip up a few pillows. I have to tell you, when I started working on these pillows, it was not my original plan to make faux grain sack ones. As a matter of fact, this pillow project started out with a major spelling “faux pas.”

I will save that story for the end.

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Here’s What I Used

Red Acrylic Craft Paint

Green Acrylic Craft Paint

Painters tape



Paintbrush 1/2″ flat

Drop Cloth (I purchased mine from WalMart)

I have been itching to try my hand at painting grain sack stripes on fabric for quite awhile now. There are a ton of tutorials on how to measure and tape off the perfect lines.

I threw caution to the wind and just grabbed a scrap piece of drop cloth and taped off some lines.

No measuring, I just eyeballed it as they say.

Here’s my test run.

Making your own faux grain sack stripe drop cloth pillows is an inexpensive way to add a little French flair to your home for the holidays.

Feeling invincible, I grabbed my pillow cover and got started. My original intent was to go with three stripes down the middle. One wide and two smaller.

I decided to add two more for a total of 5 stripes.

I used my spouncer for the green stripe and brush for the red.

Using a tiny amount of paint I brushed it on very lightly, trying to mimic that subtle uneven texture grain sack stripes have. Slightly heavier in some spots and lighter in others.

Making your own faux grain sack stripe drop cloth pillows is an inexpensive way to add a little French flair to your home.

3 Tips

  • Be sure to place something underneath your fabric to prevent paint bleed through. You could use cardboard, wax paper, or aluminum foil. I used a scrap of foam board I had. This will also provide a firm surface for you to paint on.
  • Remove the painters tape immediately after painting your stripes. Don’t be scared, just pull it right off. You don’t want any of the tape to dry down and stick to the paint.
  • Be sure to run you finger up and down the tape lines to ensure your paint will not seep underneath.

And here’s my faux grain sack drop cloth pillow in all its French glory!

Making your own faux grain sack stripe drop cloth pillows is an inexpensive way to add a little French flair to your home.

I immediately went to work creating another.

I was a little nervous that the red and green stripes would be too bold, but I think they compliment the plaid flannel pillows quite nicely. (also made by me)

As Promised

If you made it this far, you might remember I promised to tell you a funny story.

Alright, it goes like this.

You know I adore all things French right? I decided to hand letter a fancy phrase on the first pillow I made.

I chose my phrase and even practiced on a piece of notebook paper to make sure my lettering was on point.

With my sharpie clutched tightly between my fingers, I cautiously penned my letters. Did I mention I am left-handed? You have no idea how stressful it is for a lefty to use a sharpie. We tend to smudge ink while we write.

I must tell you when I finished I was in awe. Yes, I really couldn’t believe how well it turned out.

I quickly sent pictures to my blogging besties. We exchanged heart eye emojis and other words of love over this project.

I felt I needed to share this immediately with my followers on Instagram and Facebook. Others cheered and sent hearts in response to my brilliance.

Is it really spelled Joyeux?

But then, I received a personal message, (thank goodness) from a sweet friend who gently pointed out that I had misspelled Joyeux.

Woe is me! What????  How can this be? Surely she is wrong. I looked it up and double checked before I responded to her. Sadly, she was right. I had added an A.

We joked about this, and she complimented me on remembering the two dots over the e in Noel. She suggested I blame it on too much egg nog which would make for an even funnier story, but alas, no eggnog or alcohol is to blame for this mistake.

At first, I was upset that I had done this and of course embarrassed that I had hastily shared my mistake with the masses of people. Okay, that is a slight exaggeration, but you get the idea. If anyone else noticed my mistake, they didn’t mention it.

I thought about ways to fix my faux pas but the more I thought about it I realized something. The misspelling of one word shouldn’t and didn’t make it any less beautiful to me. I truly love it.

I suppose I could come up with a crafty way to cover up the A with maybe a fabric Christmas tree or a candle, but I decided to leave it perfectly imperfect. After all, Christmas is a time of celebrating the one who came to save an imperfect world.

So I’m okay with my Joyeaux Noel.

Making your own faux grain sack stripe drop cloth pillows is an inexpensive way to add a little French flair to your home.


I hope this little story made you laugh.

What would you have done?

Feel free to share any of your DIY stories that didn’t turn out exactly as planned with me in the comments below.

Your imperfect sister in paint,


Making your own faux grain sack stripe drop cloth pillows is an inexpensive way to add a little French flair to your home.

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  1. Kim says:

    First of all your pillows are beautiful, all of them, beautiful. Now, that story. Oh my! I can relate though! I am a TERRIBLE speller in English…then I took French for six years in high school. You can imagine how well I spelled in French!! 😉

  2. debrashoppeno5 says:

    The pillows look so pretty, including the one with the mistake. Oh I feel your pain when you say being left handed can cause problems but that is why we are so creative. And it is good to laugh at ourselves and not be so serious. Thank you for sharing. Pinned 🙂

  3. Toni | Smallhomesoul.com says:

    I love this pillow, at first look I never would have guessed that you painted those lines. It is perfect! And you other pillow is beautiful too. I didn’t take French so I never would have thought it wasn’t correct. 😄

    I misspelled something on a Pin and had started sharing it before I realized my error, it happens..

    Really I love your pillows and I’m so proud of your sewing machine skills!

  4. Katrin says:

    The faux grain sack pillow looks amazing and I love the simplicity of it! I don’t want to pay too much for holiday pillows either and I love pillows but this way it’s way better! The Joyeux Noel pillow is beautiful as well and I’d do the exact same, leave it as it is, no harm and to tell you the truth I wouldn’t have noticed the spelling mistake on it!

  5. Sarah says:

    I can’t even tell you how much I love this post. And the pillows. And how you’ve encouraged us to embrace the perfectly imperfectness of the season. You’re such an encouragement and now I want to sew and paint all the pillows!!! Love ya-😍

  6. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Lisa, you are so funny. Do you know what my motto is? Revel in the imperfections! Your pillows are gorgeous just the way they are. The grain sack has a homey sweet quality. As for the french one, well think of it this way, would a farmer in middle America really know how to spell some Francy french word? No! You are emulating that poor farmer who after plowing the fields all day comes home and tries her hand at a fancy pillow. 😉 I, who pretend to be a farmer, certainly approve.

    Btw, I have tried my hand at painting stripes on my vintage suitcase and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, so give yourself credit. 😉

  7. Patti says:

    Love your story Lisa. Most people would not even notice that it is spelled wrong. I certainly didn’t. And what beautiful lettering you have! The faux grain sack pillow is so pretty too. I really like the look of grain sack material and the green looks nice and festive on it too.

  8. Pam says:

    Great project and story. Isn’t it funny that what started out with such humble beginnings (grain sacks) could become so coveted and expensive?

    Love the spelling story. I’m afraid none of my friends would have caught that 🙂 (hope they don’t see this )

  9. FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks says:

    Lisa, as my mother used to say “you can’t see it on a galloping horse.” If YOU like it, that’s what matters. I’m not sure anyone would even notice it. I’m totally blown away by how you created stripes on the pillows so perfectly! And the lettering is perfect! So you did a great job! You must be so proud.

  10. Meegan says:

    What a beautiful idea! And your tutorial is easy to follow. Thanks Lisa for showing me how to make more pillows for our home. They are just lovely.
    Merry Christmas, my friend.

  11. Terri says:

    I love your site and projects. This grain sack pillow is one of my favorites.

    Now to your faux pas, (did I spell that right?). I probably would have done the exact same thing. Bragged about it, then when I discovered the mistake, tallied told on myself and laughed.
    Happy crafting and Merry Christmas.

  12. Nikki says:

    I absolutely love this! Obviously I paint a lot of pillow cases, and yes, I have made mistakes. Next time I make one I’ll save it and send it to you! It really is a beautiful pillow and I did not notice the misspelling. Shows you how cultured I am! LOL

    • Lisa says:

      Oh yes, please do send me one of your beautiful pillows. Honestly, I probably would have never realized the spelling mistake, but a follower lovingly pointed it out to me. 😉

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