Fake It ‘Til You Make… Grain Sack Sachets

Fake It ‘Til You Make… Grain Sack Sachets

Vintage French grain sacks are SO desirable…and therefore pricey if you’re lucky enough to even find one. But that quintessential look- either the offset stripes in red & blue, or faded print/text- can be replicated with some crafty ingenuity. So, I headed out to the thrift store with a defined agenda- find something in the linens section that could pass as linen/burlap/grain sack material.

Enter: This Lonely Curtain!

Plain beige linen burlap curtain at Goodwill thrift store to be repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Uninspiring?…or just the opposite?

Once I had the right fabric in hand, I had to decide what my faux grain sack idea would be used for. Since I still had some leftover lavender from this older project and I was already in a French frame of mind, sachets seemed like an obvious choice! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

So, I assembled a few things to recreate the grain sack look…such as rubber stamps and soft fabric ink.

Repurpose beige curtain from thrift store into DIY lavender sachets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s re-do this curtain’s purpose, ok?

I’m not an overly accomplished rubber stamper, so I practiced a bit- sponging on a touch of fabric ink and testing it on the curtain fabric (which I had previously laundered).

Repurpose beige curtain from thrift store into DIY lavender sachets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Easy does it…

To recreate the classic look of faded grain sack stripes, I cut out matching sets of 4” and 4½” curtain fabric scraps. Then, I cut thin, even strips of painter’s tape and pressed them carefully on the squares. In between the squares of fabric, I placed a piece of tin foil to keep the ink from bleeding through.

Ready for some grain sack stripes?

After effectively stenciling the fabric ink between the pieces of tape (using as little ink as possible), I let everything dry for several hours. When I removed the strips of tape and foil barriers, I had dozens of perfect little faux grain sacks!

Ta-da! Aren’t they cute?

Even though I wasn’t planning on washing my stamped/painted fabric, I still heat-set the fabric ink by layering a paper towel in between the squares and pressing them with a hot, dry iron.

Just as insurance…

Using my sewing machine, I then stitched all around a set of fabric squares, leaving a healthy ¾” margin along each side and small 1” opening on one of the sides.

Practicing my straight stitches…

With handy craft funnel in hand, I poured in plenty of dried lavender blossoms until my little grain-sack-sachet-to-be was pleasantly plump.


To finish everything off, I stitched the open hole closed (carefully lining up my stitches to make it as seamless-looking as possible), and then took my pinking shears to the raw edges to clean them up.

Pinked edges make everything better…

And then voilà- adorable faux grain sack lavender sachets! They are even cuter in person…I used so little fabric ink that some of the curtain fabric shows through the stripes…making it look woven in. And my stamping inexperience lent itself to a vintage look- uneven stamp pressure looks like uneven fading! HA!


Perfect for dresser drawers and packing away winter sweaters in a couple of months…and all from a lonely curtain from the thrift store. And if you’re interested in more upcycled sewing project ideas, I hope you’ll check out my full collection here before you go!

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  1. How lovely, what a charming idea!

  2. Margaret Fretwell says:

    Lovely indeed.

  3. Helen Grace says:

    Adorable!! I love the whole look.

  4. You certainly did make these cuties seamless 😉 They’re perfect!

  5. Love them. You always come up with the best ideas!

  6. These are so pretty, Sarah. absolutely love them!

  7. Super idea, and what a great use of old curtains too! (And I must keep my eye out for some old French grain sacs, just in cas)

  8. Very cute idea!

  9. What a great repurposing project! I absolutely love lavendar as well – I’m feeling inspired to do the same. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. hazelandverdie says:

    Stopped by from the Funky Junk link party. I often buy single curtains, flat sheets, even cloth shower curtains from the thrift stores because the amount of fabric for the money is so amazing. I will have to try the fabric dye – these are completely adorable!

  11. They are very cute Sarah! Thank you for inspiration. I am pinning to make them one day!

  12. helenfern says:

    How do you see things? If I saw that curtain I would have just kept going! And you made beautiful sachets!! You are inspiring! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  13. A fantastic repurpose of an old curtain. The sachets are so sweet and I bet they smell heavenly. Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Charm.

  14. I buy old curtains to use as tablecovers, and I think what you’ve done here is very pretty. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great week.

  15. I love these, they are so cute! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing them with us at the Family Joy Blog Link Party this week. I hope you will join us again next week.

  16. These are adorable! I’d never believe they weren’t real grain sacks! Just letting you know that I’ll be featuring them tomorrow night on Best of the Weekend!

  17. Sarah, these faux grain sack sachets are beautiful and a very clever repurpose of those curtains!

  18. I love these, they are beautiful!

  19. Sarah, your grain sack sachets are fabulous! What a wonderful repurposed project. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. I’ll be featuring this at tomorrow’s party.

  20. Great upcycle and I love the linen section of the thrift store. You never know what you might find! #merrymonday

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Yes!! I’m so lucky- the Goodwill near my house has the best, largest, and most organized linens section in the entire County. Lucky…but dangerous. 😉

  21. What a neat idea!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  22. Those came out beautiful. I will be featuring this at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens on Tuesday evening at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  23. Marie Hiney says:

    I love these! I live in a small northern Indiana Amish community with several antique shops. They will start opening the first of April. I can hardly wait to look for some vintage/old craft material(s). These are a must do!!


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