Monday, February 28, 2011

My Love Affair with Grain Sacks

I love European Grain Sacks... admitting it is the start to recovery, right??  Recently I've been making cuff bracelets with the rustic yet elegant grain sack material.  (I also used vintage Ikat and Broadcloth material).  Even drove all the way to Alabama yesterday to visit  Resurrect Antiques.  My friend Michelle never disappoints with her collection of European Grain Sacks!
 My cuff collection is currently at The Vintage-Flea in downtown Newnan and on Etsy.

the fabric for this cuff was found on a recent trip to Alabama

European grain sacks are everywhere! The handwoven linen textiles date back to the early 1800s.  The sacks range in shades of grey, creams, and white.. most having a band of blue or red down the middle.  Rare grain sacks can be found with designs printed on them so that the farmers could identify their own sacks when transporting grain, flour, or sugar.  Here are some other great uses for this vintage fabric..

Messenger Bags and Pillows


Chair Cushions

For DIY'ers like myself.. here are two great "Do It Yourself" grain sack patterns that you might want to try.
Happy Sewing!


  1. Love your vintage grain sack cuffs, esp. the octopus! xxoo Heidi

  2. The cuffs are so cool! I was in Ressurect recently and don't even remember seeing grain sacks. It's all such a feast for the eyse, I don't remember a thing I saw. LOL I'll have to check in next time I'm down that way.

    Wanda @ Just Vintage

  3. Valerie! Love these cuffs! Would love to have some in our shop. Nice job..but where do you find the time!?? :)

  4. The cuffs are gorgeous Valerie!