All of my vintage-loving friends have a special affinity for old linens…whether it’s cute embroidered hand towels, pretty crocheted doilies, or colorfully kitsch tablecloths, we always paw through them in shops. The same goes for old grain, feed, and flour sacks- cotton, linen, or burlap, we just seem to love them all.
I have to give credit where credit is due, and Country Living magazine came up with this first. I fell in love with this project the moment I saw it, and I knew it was a craft I needed to attempt. Our dining room needs more wall décor, and an embroidered feed sack (or 2) would be fitting (dining room…feed sack…) and quirky.
Since I had set my mind to this craft AFTER antiquing (of course), I hit up Etsy to look for an old feed sack. I stumbled across the perfect one in Livin’ in the Past, and Etsy shop after my own heart.
A feedsack with an elephant on it AND a pun? PERFECT. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
So I gathered some embroidery thread and a needle, and set to work. I just wanted to add some dimension here and there- not across the entire piece. So I popped an old favorite in the DVD player- Gilmore Girls– and stitched away.
First, I started with the big red block letters at the top…
Which came out brilliantly! Not too shabby on the back stitch, eh?
Then I started on the corn…embroidering a few kernels here and there.
And then, I gave the elephant a little outline.
I didn’t want to over due the embroidery on my feed sack so I stopped here- after the block letters and embellishment at the bottom.
Once I wrapped up the embroidery, I just needed to attach it to a frame. I purchased a burlap canvas since I thought traditional white canvas might peek through. And in true Sadie Seasongoods fashion, Cottonball insisted on helping.
After using a staple gun (always scary, but the perfect tool for this task) to affix the feed sack to the canvas frame, I propped it up above the dining room cabinet. Perfect!
Here’s a close up of the embroidered portions as stretched to the canvas. Ready to hang or lean on the mantel!
Of course, now I need to find another antique feed sack or two and make a grouping…so let the sack hunt begin!