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
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.
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.
- 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!
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)
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.
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,