DIY Christmas Decor Vintage Grain Sacks

DIY Christmas decor featuring vintage grain sacks. Use them to make ornaments, garlands, and more. Includes grain sack sources for the best selection!

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Hello and welcome to Christmas Cheer and Grain Sacks! I’m teaming up with three other grain sack-loving bloggers to bring you ideas and inspiration for adding these vintage lovelies to your DIY Christmas decor. All of their links will be at the end of the post, so we’ll get to that in a bit. First I’d like to show you my little table top Christmas tree. Last year, I finally gave up on a big tree and bought this mini version. Honestly, I didn’t much like it…but when I got it out this year, it didn’t seem so puny. I placed it on my antique chest, so it has a bit more presence than it did on the floor.

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I decked the tabletop tree out with white lights and all handmade ornaments. Little puffed hearts and stars, clay tags, and a grain sack garland. The garland was super easy, and I’ll be back with a quick tutorial for that on Sunday.


Get the garland tutorial {HERE.}

Learn how to make the clay tag ornaments {HERE.}

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Handmade Clay Tag Christmas Ornament |

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Vintage Grain Sacks

Next I added vintage grain sacks to my blanket ladder. They are actually just pieces of grain sacks I had left over from other projects. Nothing goes to waste when it comes to sewing with these beauties. Every single inch of stripe is used for something. Rest assured, these pieces will be put to good use.

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Many times when I’m finished with a project using vintage grain sacks, I have narrow strips of hemp left. They are usually the side seams or ends. A few years ago, I decided to make some Christmas trees from these ends of hemp.

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They land in a different place every Christmas. Last year they were in my entry. This year they are on my reclaimed wood tray and right at home on my coffee table.

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I remember the exact minute I saw my first grain sack. It wasn’t actually in person, but on Miss Mustard Seed’s blog. I fell in love immediately, and knew they would become a big part of my blog and online shop. Vintage grain sacks have a story to tell and a rich history. Many times, as I’m picking out the side seams of a grain sack, I wonder about the woman who sewed the stitches. Would she approve of what I’m doing? I really hope, so because every grain sack item I have ever made was produced carefully and with love.

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To learn much more visit:
Antique Grain Sacks

Tutorial for Heart Christmas Tree Ornament
(in case you want to make your own)
Grain Sack Christmas Tree Tutorial

Sources for Grain Sacks:
Antique Linen Store on Etsy
Grainsacks on eBay

 Now…please, if you have time, take a minute and visit these other blogs for
more Vintage Grain Sack inspiration:

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Lilacs and Longhorns

My Soulful Home


Yvonne from StoneGable is featuring us in a round up so stop by her place and say hello!

 Thank you for stopping by…see you soon…maybe tomorrow!

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  1. alice austin says:

    I love your posts! I have started a file on my computer to save. Would love to see more of your home/decorating. Happy holidays!

  2. Pamela @ says:

    The ladder display of your grain sack remnants is fabulous, what a wonderful way to store and enjoy them until they are made into other gorgeous things!

  3. Alison- The Pink Tumbleweed says:

    I love grain sack too. I’ve been wanting to try a project but haven’t had the courage to cut one yet!

  4. Grace @ sense and simplicity says:

    Gorgeous – I love it all. The grain sack ornaments (especially the puffy hearts and stars) are fantastic and I love the clay ones you make too. I want to try them one of these years.

  5. Botanic Bleu says:

    You grainsack projects are beautiful. I especially love the grainsack ornaments. They look like they are very well made with crisp tailored edges which I favor over raw edges. I think the women who sewed the original seams in the grainsacks would approve of what you do with them now.


    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you Judith…Happy Holidays to you!

  6. My friend wrote a blog called “John’s Wife”. She was going through chemo for Stage 4 cancer. After she passed, Cathy Mesecar, took her blogs and made a devotional book called “Dogwood Winters” from them. It is a wonderful book about her life, memories, and dealing with cancer. I am giving copies of her book to my friends for Christmas. Your dove and heart clay ornaments were the perfect addition to their wrapping. Everyone has thought this combination of book and ornament a very special gift.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you for sharing this Patsy…what a lovely idea to attach the tags to the books. Cancer has touched us all but many times good things come from it. Have a blessed Christmas.

  7. I can see the picture when I get an e-mail…but when I open just can’t see anything…can w help?

  8. Ann I love your little tree. Not puny at all. Thank you for sharing all the beauty of your home with us. What you can do with a grain sack is amazing! Love the trees from the scraps!

  9. Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse says:

    You have way with grain sacks my friend. Well done!!

  10. I simply love everything you do. You have such a great talent for beautiful decorating and craft making. My little 42# Christmas Tree looks so adorable with the “miniature grain sack stockings” made by you, hanging on it.

  11. Garden, Home and Party says:

    I’m so happy I found your site, just this past September. I’ve gotten so many ideas and great inspiration from you. Thanks! Happy December.

  12. Shirley@housepitality designs says:

    Ann…your grain sack items are always so beautiful….I love my star that you made…your tree is so very beautiful … I am crushing on your ladder of grain sacks and linens…especially the one with the monogram!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Shirley! That is the first piece of linen I have ever found with my own initials. I nearly died when I saw it…it was reasonably priced too but I think I would have paid a fortune just to have it! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays…Ann

  13. Ann,
    I love your style and everything you do. I no longer do the big tree and purchased a small one last year.
    I had it on the floor and it just wasn’t right, I moved it to a table and now I love it.
    I love the pillow I received from you. It is perched on a vintage chair in my kitchen.
    A merry Christmas and blessed New Year to you.

  14. penny @ the comforts of home says:

    I love your grain sack ornaments and the trees you created.

  15. Julie {Lilacs & Longhorns} says:

    Ann, I love every single thing you do with grain sacks! I am certain those women who sewed them would be proud! Everything is beautiful, perfectly sewn and styled and I love it all! Thanks so much for being a part of this tour. :)

    1. Thank you Ann for introducing the fabulous grain sack products that are sewn with love. I am a proud owner of a handful of your beautiful pillow covers. I have seen many an Ann Drake item among the home tours of bloggers I enjoy following. Your Christmas tree stands proud in all its vintage grain sack. The garland is adorable. I may try my hand at that for my granddaughter’s little tree…

  16. Everything is just stunning Ann, you are bringing a lovely vintage feel to Christmas this year.