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19 December, 2013

DIY Grain Sack Ornaments

When I showed you my Farmhouse Christmas tree this weekend, I promised to show you how I made my grain sack ornaments...so here they are! They were really easy and practically free, too!

First, here's a peek at my tree in case you missed it...starring not only my handmade grain sack ornaments, but rustic burlap tassels along with DIY galvanized stars...

 .....that look so realistic but were embarrassingly easy to make! Find out how I did it here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT- Baby KittyI love the look of authentic grain sacks…but they can be very expensive! And…there is really very little out there that can be used as a substitute. But then my clever co-host Baby Kitty came up with an idea…why not make your own? Whaaat? Genius! In looking around, I decided that Osnaburg fabric would be my best choice for starters. It has the natural, nubby look of linen but is super cheap and very user friendly. And it was on sale at Hancock’s for around $2.00 a yard…gotta love that!

So here’s what you will need:
  • Osnaburg fabric…The amount will depend on the number of ornaments you plan to make, but 1/3 to 1/2 a yard should be more than enough.
  • Red fabric marker
  • Painter’s tape…I used the .7 inch size because I find it’s easier to position
  • Fiberfill for the stuffing
  • Jute twine
  • Patterns for the ornaments…I found mine here.
  • Any embellishments you would like to add such as ribbons or jingle bells
  • Hot glue gun
  • And, of course, a sewing machine or you could sew them by hand if you wish.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT- DIY Grain Sack Ornaments 
And here is what you will do:
  1. Position the tape on the fabric to create stripes. You don’t have to be exact. Then fill in between the tape with the fabric marker. You can add as many stripes of whatever size you wish, but I chose three.
  2. Be sure the stripes have had time to dry (my marker was the kind that needs a little time) and remove the tape.
  3. Fold the fabric so that you have enough on the underside to serve as the backs of the ornaments. I chose to have plain backs for mine. Print the patterns you plan to use (I found mine here ) then position them along the stripes, pin and cut them out
  4. Sew around the edges with a zig-zag stitch, leaving one portion open. Add the stuffing then stitch closed.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT- DIY Grain Sack OrnamentsAs a final step, hot glue jute twine loops as hangers and add any embellishments you wish.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY Grain Sack OrnamentsAnd…taaa daaa!…here they are! Aren’t they cute? I love the rustic farmhouse look…perfect for my Christmas décor this year…and they were so inexpensive to make!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY Grain Sack Ornaments 2Here’s a final look…love them! And I hope you like them, too!

And...I was excited when Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming asked me to share them on her 4th Annual Handmade Ornament Series...fun! 

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Farmhouse Mantel And just in case you would like to see more of my Farmhouse Christmas décor, here’s my mantel…starring a pair of rustic, chunky galvanized lanterns…my new favorites! You can get a closer look here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Farmhouse Christmas Tablescape And there is more Farmhouse Christmas going on in the dining room…with a vintage galvanized toolbox serving as a centerpiece and lots of transferware and greenery on the hutch! You can see more by clicking here. 
And...I still have a few more Farmhouse Christmas tricks up my sleeve, so stay tuned! 

 Remember to pin it!


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing my DIY grain sack Christmas ornaments! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays, French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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12 comments:

  1. wow these are just to cute, love these. I might have to try them next year. Thanks for sharing the how to, have a great day. :-)

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  2. That Baby Kitty is so smart! They are so pretty Debbie! Your whole theme this year is one of my favorites! Wishing you and the staff a very Merry Christmas!
    hugs,
    Linda & Charlie

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  3. Baby Kitty did a super job with these! We know he is the genius behind the throne!

    xo

    Sheila

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  4. These are so cute, I love the idea. Hugs, Marty

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  5. I love your ornaments! (and the kitty too)
    ~Bonnie @ Our Secondhand House

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  6. How clever of Baby Kitty....Have been enjoying your blog for several months now, and always appreciate your great affordable ideas. Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and ALL your staff.

    Carol V.

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  7. Debbie these are so cute, I'll tell you that Miss Kitty is so smart.

    Cynthia

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  8. Very neat idea Debbie. Here in north Alabama I can find reproduction feed sack dish towels. I may just buy a few for ornaments.

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  9. Your kitty is a genius indeed: it looks wonderful!

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  10. Love Love Love them and that includes your furry friends
    Merry Christmas
    Lisa

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  11. Debbie,
    You have the most inspiring Staff!!!
    i agree with Baby Kitty. . .these handmade ornaments are fabulous!!!
    Thank you for always encouraging me to try new creative designing accessories for my home!
    Merry Christmas, dear friend!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie