How to Make Grain Sack Fabric for Homemade Crafts

How to Make Grain Sack Fabric for Homemade Crafts

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 to find something in the linens section that could pass grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric. I would then use it for a variety of homemade crafts, including sachet bags.

Enter: This linen curtain (or, a curtain that LOOKED like linen)…

Upcycling a linen curtain into grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric to use for sachet bags with dried lavender by Sadie Seasongoods /

Why make sachet bags with my “faux” grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric? Mostly because I still had some leftover dried lavender from this older project and I was already in a French frame of mind! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Making Grain Sack Fabric by Upcycling a Linen Curtain

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

Grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric made from linen curtain and stamping on fabric by Sadie Seasongoods /

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 linen curtain (which I had laundered as soon as I brought it home).

Using fabric ink on linen curtain to create grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric for sachet bags by Sadie Seasongoods /

To recreate the classic look grain sack fabric that had those classic offset 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 fabric ink from bleeding through.

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 squares that looked JUST like grain sack fabric!

Lavender essential oil uses in sachet bags with dried lavender from linen curtain that has been upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods /

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.

Ironing grain sack fabric to set fabric ink for sachet bags with dried lavender and lavender essential oil uses by Sadie Seasongoods /

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.

Using Grain Sack Fabric to Make Sachet Bags with Dried Lavender

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. This craft project is one of the great lavender essential oil uses – add it to the dried lavender for longer lasting fragrance!

Filling sachet bags with dried lavender and lavender essential oil uses for homemade gifts by Sadie Seasongoods /

To finish off my sachet bags, 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.

And then voilà- adorable sachet bags from a linen curtain that I upcycled to look JUST like grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric! 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!

Grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric by upcycling linen curtain to make sachet bags with dried lavender and lavender essential oil uses by Sadie Seasongoods /

Perfect for dresser drawers and packing away winter sweaters in a couple of months…and all from a linen curtain from the thrift store. And of course, now I’m thinking of other homemade crafts I can make with this grain sack fabric idea…hmmm…

And if you’re interested in more upcycled sewing project ideas, I hope you’ll check out my full collection here before you go!

Craft on!


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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. 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:

    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.

  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!!

  24. These are so pretty and would be easy for the ones that don’t like to sew (Me). Just stitch and take the pinking shears to the edges. Love it!

  25. Hi Sarah, love all the little sachets and other ideas you’ve come up with for grain sacks! Last year I made grain sack drop-cloth chair covers. Will post them up in Upcycle Sharing for everyone.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Barb 🙂


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