Fancified Feed Sack

Fancified Feed Sack

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.

Vintage Big Ears corn feed sack for farmhouse style wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I had never seen a feed sack with an elephant on it before…

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…

Embroidery on a vintage burlap feed grain sack for repurposed DIY farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love how the red makes the letters pop.

Which came out brilliantly! Not too shabby on the back stitch, eh?

Embroidery on a vintage burlap feed grain sack for repurposed DIY farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Wow! This is pretty exciting. Who knew embroidery floss could make such a difference?

Then I started on the corn…embroidering a few kernels here and there.

Embroidery on a vintage burlap feed grain sack for repurposed DIY farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A little 3-D corn action… it doesn’t “pop” quite as much, but that’s ok, it’s not popcorn! Ha. 🙂

And then, I gave the elephant a little outline.

Embroidery on a vintage burlap feed grain sack for repurposed DIY farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Almost done…

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.

Embroidery on a vintage burlap feed grain sack for repurposed DIY farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

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.

Embroidery on a vintage burlap feed grain sack for repurposed DIY farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Feline Feedsack Aficionado…

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!

Embroidery on a vintage burlap feed grain sack for repurposed DIY farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love it so much!

Here’s a close up of the embroidered portions as stretched to the canvas. Ready to hang or lean on the mantel!

Embroidery on a vintage burlap feed grain sack for repurposed DIY farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

DIG. IT.

Of course, now I need to find another antique feed sack or two and make a grouping…so let the sack hunt begin!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Love, love, love this idea!

  2. What a cute idea. I love how you made the image pop. I have some feed sacks so I had better see if they might be good candidates.
    Thanks for the idea,
    Bev

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      So glad you like it, Bev- a little embroidery REALLY goes a long way with these. I just love how it turned out- even my husband was impressed! 🙂

  3. This is right up my alley! Thanks for priming my creative juices! Love!!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      So glad you like it, Kelly. It’s amazing how some simply embroidery floss really made it come alive!!

  4. Great Idea! I love how the image pops and the extra bit of texture you added.

  5. What a great idea! Stopping by from Gingersnap Crafts 🙂

    Danielle @ Blissful & Domestic
    http://www.blissfulanddomestic.com

  6. Love this! That embroidery did make it ‘pop’, Good luck on your search!

  7. Stopping by from Friday Favorites. Wow, the thread adds such an amazing detail to the whole piece. Love it! Pinning!

  8. fairygoodiemother says:

    SO cute! I am no sewing super star, but I can totally do this! LOVE the idea!!! 🙂 Anna

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Anna, I’m like you- TOTALLY not a sewing superstar. But this is DEFINITELY within reason. 🙂

  9. Very cute! This is too fun! I do really enjoy the pun and I am glad I am not the only one who has a cat who likes to help!! Thanks for link up at Party in Your PJs!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Bree!!! Love your link party and I’m so glad it’s on my weekly calendar now! 🙂

  10. Omgosh I LOVE this. The embroidery totally makes a huge difference. Pinned. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  11. The embroidery really helps. Now that we’re living in a rural community with wood paneling on our walls, I might steal your idea, if that’s okay.

  12. I know you posted this great project a while ago, but a question. How did you clean the sack? I have tried washing them before and all the ink diappears! Country Living says to wash it but I don’t want to lose my great graphics! Thanks.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I actually didn’t clean it- I’m not much of a germaphobe and know that I’m more washable than the things I work with, LOL! I didn’t even think about the print fading, but how awful!!! I suppose you could do a quick soak in hot water with just a few drops of gentle detergent (or even a gentle face wash)…that way, there’s no agitation and you can monitor the integrity of the graphics.

  13. Great project. I love simple embroidery stitches; counted cross stitch is TOO nit-picky for me. People frown when I say I love French knots. Did you use 6 strands? I often do and have been proved right; 40 years of laundering my hope chest pillow cases thinned down the thread (the way my mother said it would!). I used 2 of my painted sea glass votive candles from 1 of your posts tonite for a raffle item and the lady who won them was so pleased! I couldn’t find your chicken wire ribbon so I wrapped jute around them, added a sprig of plastic coral with a gold seahorse charm–really cute!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Yes, I didn’t separate the strands for this project- in part because I was so new to embroidery that I didn’t even know that separating strands was normal! 🙂 And love the story about the sea glass votives!!!

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