Recreating the Look of Grain Sack Fabric for Scented Sachets

Recreating the Look of Grain Sack Fabric for Scented Sachets

Grain sacks are a wonderful trend if you ask me. From their faded graphics to the texture of the fabric, I just can’t get enough of them. But cutting into grain sack fabric for upcycling crafts seems almost sacrilegious, doesn’t it? I wanted to create some scented sachets with feed sack fabric, but using a real grain sack was NOT an option. 

So, I started thrift shopping for just the right thing to upcycle. When I found this single panel linen curtain at Goodwill, I knew it was the perfect thing to upcycle into grain sack fabric.

Linen curtain at Goodwill for upcycling into grain sack fabric with fabric ink

The linen curtain was exactly what I needed to create a faux version of grain sack fabric! It had the right color and texture, and I was getting a LOT of fabric for such a low price.

To get the look of feed sack fabric, I just needed a few more things, including some fabric ink, rubber stamps, painter’s tape, and a craft paint brush.

Fabric ink or fabric paint to upcycle a linen curtain into feed sack fabric

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Upcycling a Linen Curtain into the Grain Sack Fabric

Before really diving into the project, I decided to take advantage of all the curtain fabric that I had. I played around with the fabric ink and rubber stamps to get a feel for quantity of ink, pressure to apply, etc.

Fabric ink and rubber stamp on a linen curtain from the thrift store

First, I cut out matching sets of 4” and 4½” curtain fabric squares.

Then, I cut thin, even strips of painter’s tape and pressed them carefully on the squares. In between the matching squares of fabric, I placed a piece of tin foil to keep the fabric ink from bleeding through. 

This way, I kept the pairs together and didn’t have to re-match them up later on.

Grain sack fabric by upcycling a linen curtain with fabric ink and painter's tape

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!

Painting stripes on curtain with fabric ink to get the look of feed sack fabric

Next, I set the fabric ink with heat layering a paper towel in between the squares and pressing them with a hot, dry iron.

Setting the fabric ink with an iron to get the look of grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric

Scented Sachets or Lavender Bags with Grain Sack Fabric

Using my sewing machine, I then stitched all around each set of fabric squares.

I also left a healthy ¾” margin along each side and small 1” opening on one of the sides.

Sewing the grain sack fabric to make the scented sachets or lavender bags

Next, I poured in plenty of dried lavender blossoms until my little grain-sack-sachet-to-be was pleasantly plump. 

If you have lavender essential oil on hand, you could also add a few drops to the dried lavender for longer-lasting fragrance.

Filling the scented sachets with dried lavender to create lavender sachets with feed sack fabric

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).

Lavender bags by upcycling a linen curtain from Goodwill into the grain sack fabric

Finally, I took my pinking shears to the raw edges to clean them up and limit the potential fraying.

Pinking shears on linen fabric to prevent fraying on the feed sack fabric that was created with fabric ink

Grain Sack Fabric for Scented Sachets

And then voilà, I had an entire set of sachet bags made with my faux version of grain sack fabric! That linen curtain from Goodwill worked out better for this project than I had even hoped.

Scented sachets that are made with a linen curtain that was been upcycled into the grain sack fabric

These lavender bags are perfect for dresser drawers or packing away winter clothes for the season. They’re also excellent if you need some handmade gifts!

Upcycling a curtain from the thrift store into the grain sack fabric for scented sachets

Either way, I love how my DIY grain sack fabric turned out. And I think there all kinds of applications for it. What would you make with some feed sack fabric that you made by upcycling a curtain from the thrift store?

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for grain sack fabric, then you’ll also love this French farmhouse decor idea, too!

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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 🙂

  26. Wendy Oyler says

    These are cool! I know it seems sacrilegious to cut up vintage items but I have some vintage flour sacks (and other fabrics) from my grandma that I am going to either make sachets or something. Otherwise it will just sit in the closet of my craft room. I would rather family have a piece of it.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I know! I’ve got some flour sacks in my fabric bins that have lived there for years and years. It’s a struggle!


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