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 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.
I decked it out with white lights and all handmade ornaments. The 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.
Next I added grain sacks to my vintage 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.
Many times when I’m finished with a grain sack project, 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.
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. They 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.
To learn more visit:
Antique Grain Sacks
Clay tags and handmade puffed ornaments from Sutton Place Designs
Grain Sack Table Runners from Sutton Place Designs
Tutorial for Heart Christmas Tree Ornament
(in case you want to make your own)
Red checked pillow covers – IKEA
Grain Sack Christmas Tree Tutorial
Now…please, if you have time, take a minute and visit these other blogs for
more Vintage Grain Sack inspiration:
Yvonne from StoneGable is featuring us in a round up so stop by her place and say hello!