Faux French Grain Sack Pillows

10-DSCF1367Faux French Grain Sack Pillows

I have drooled over other blogs with beautiful grain sack pillows, but I have never been lucky enough to find a good deal on the sacks. I have never found them at auctions or yard sales, so I regularly check Ebay for affordable listings. No such luck. Ebay has plenty of listings, just not at a price that I’m willing to pay.

03-DSCF1338While visiting my husband’s brother and his wife in Nebraska last fall, I went junking in a few little shops that surround the town square. I found ag grass seed sacks for $1 in one of the shops and grabbed a few. At that time I really didn’t have a plan for them, but I figured for $1 a piece I could use the fabric for something. With packing and moving shortly after that, I kinda forgot I even had them01-DSCF1328.Since I had no real attachment to the throw pillows on my couch (they just weren’t anything special) I had been looking for an idea to inspire me to change them. My outdated couch has kept me from making this a priority. I figured why change them before getting a new couch. Well, I just haven’t found the right couch yet…so, time for new pillows.

02-DSCF1334These pillows actually came with our love seat. The solid tan side matches the seat, but the weird animal print side…meh, not so much. Don’t judge me.

04-DSCF1342I restuffed the pillows, then covered them with white fabric to cover the color and designs of the fabric.

I was able to cut three pillows from each sack.

09-DSCF1364Some red paint and a little bit of time transformed the fabric into French striped grain sacks.

08-DSCF1361AND I have convinced myself that they make my outdated couch look better! ;) Well, sorta.

Enjoy!

I WAS FEATURED!!!

Embracing Change

Places I’m Partying This Week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
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Block Party
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Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
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Thursday:

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The Project Stash Link Party
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Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
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Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

Country Quilt Flag Pillows

8-country quilt flag pillow

Country Quilt Flag Pillows

I’ve been playing with my cutter quilt stash again. This time I decided to combine a variety of quilt scraps with white chenille bedspread scraps to make flag pillows.

1-country quilt flag pillowThese pillows can be used anytime of year and with most any color scheme as the quilts used were not necessarily red, white and blue.

2-country quilt flag pillowI used two different quilts for each pillow. The “blue” field is one quilt, while the pillow shape is another. The stripes and stars are made from the chenille bedspread scraps.

5-country quilt flag pillowIn keeping with my scrappy style, I left the seams exposed and the edges of the appliques raggedy.

7-country quilt flag pillowAs usual, I couldn’t make just one. They will be heading to my local store for sale.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Knick of Time Tuesday

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
We Did It! Wednesday
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

Quilt Scrap Flowers

6-quilt scrap flowersHappy May Day!!!!

I actually made these flowers about a month ago in anticipation of warmer weather, green lawns and spring.

Don’t throw out those small cutter quilt scraps left over from previous projects. There is always something that can be made from these unique pieces.

1-quilt scrap flowersA pattern sketched freehand…

4-quilt scrap flowers…and an afternoon at the sewing machine was all it took to create a beautiful bouquet of quilt scrap flowers.

5-quilt scrap flowersKeeping with the rustic country charm of their construction, I used rusty barbed wire for the stems.

7-quilt scrap flowersEnjoy!

I WAS FEATURED!!!

Beyond The Picket Fence

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Knick of Time Tuesday

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
We Did It! Wednesday
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

Little Fabric Stash Bags-Tutorial

08-small wool bagLittle Fabric Stash Bags

01-small wool bagA few years ago I purchased a huge barrel at an auction for $1. It was full of old wool suits and dresses. I have been attempting to make use of the variety of colors and textures since I bought it, and the pile inside the barrel is slowly going down. The barrel is currently in a storage unit across town, but while moving I grabbed a bunch of wool to play with.

10-small wool bagThese little wool bags are the product of my play.

02-small wool bagI used gingham/checkered fabric for the linings…

09-small wool bag…and the front of the flowers.05-small wool bag

Trim is also something I have an over abundance of. The handles were made from bias tape and I hand-stitched rickrack around the top edge using floss.

The tutorial for these little bags has now been published on FaveCrafts.

You can find the tutorial here.

Enjoy!

Festival Totes-The Tutorial

10-festival toteFestival Tote

12-totesThe tutorial for the festival totes I posted last week has been published on FaveCrafts.

11-festival toteYou can find the tute here.

Enjoy!