Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Make Your Own French Grain Sack Stencils

I have made a couple of projects using painted fabric to resemble french grain sacks. 

My current project (which I will share later), requires three long panels of the painted fabric.  The measuring and taping can be quite tedious for a long piece.   One day I saw a stencil you could buy to paint the stripes.  Why didn't I think of that?  The price of these stencils ranged from $35.00 to $45.00.  Too much for me, so I made my own.

I purchased blank stencils from JoAnn's for $1.99, measured and drew lines,

And cut with a blade and straight edge.  I must confess that I ruined the first one.  It took a little practice to get the hang of cutting.

I mix craft paint with textile medium.  That way your color options are limitless.  Just follow the instructions on the bottle for mixing and heat setting.  It is totally washable.  My son spilled a full glass of orange soda on my table runner and it washed up perfectly.

I like to paint the stripes with a stencil brush and pouncing method.  It really gives an authentic and faded look.

I also use a stencil spray adhesive to hold the stencil and help prevent the paint from leaking under.  I put a mark at the center of the design on the stencil to help line it all up.

And this is what it looks like when you remove the stencil.  So much easier than taping.

This was definitely worth the time of making the stencil.  I plan on using them for several more projects.

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Until the next project,



  1. Oh, that is so clever, I am going to try it!

  2. Great idea and they turned out very nice....TALLULAH'S

  3. Looks like the real thing! I'm gonna try that! Happy Thanksgiving

  4. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing about the textile medium. I've been contemplating doing some painting on fabric but didn't know about the textile medium trick!

  5. Wow, this looks awesome! What a great idea! I have never used the textile medium but I think I will pick some up next time I am in Hobby Lobby. Thanks for sharing!


  6. Genius! How big did you do your lines?

  7. I love it! I love grain sacks and those old lovely red stripes ~ this is just beautiful! I love that you made your own stencil! Great job! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  8. What a great idea. I've been meaning to try making one of those too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Wow, so cute! I wanted to do something like this to re-do a chair cushion and this is a great way to save some money doing it! Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. How awesome..... thanks for the cool idea!

  11. I love these! (Making my own fabric paint is one of my favorite things to do!)

  12. could you tell me the dimensions of your stripes for the stencil?

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