Today I have some amazing grain sack pillow covers to show you! They’re perfect for Christmas and winter decorating so let’s get started and I’ll show you how to make them.
Here is what you’ll need:
drop cloth fabric
iron on transfer sheets
reindeer image from the graphics fairy (found here)
iron and ironing board
folk art milk paint
stiff paint brush
frog tape painters tape
sewing sheers or rotary cutter /self healing mat
twill tape for a tie closure (optional)
The first thing you want to do is measure the pillow you will be covering. Add an extra 1/2 inch to all of your measurements for seam allowance. I made my pillow cover like a pillow case with a tie closure, so you’ll want to cut out two pieces for each pillow cover that you make. One for the top and one for the bottom. Once you’ve got all of your measurements, go ahead and cut out your fabric.
Take the piece that is going to be your top and lay it down face-up on a protected surface. We’re going to make the grain sack stripes. Using your Frog Tape, place the tape down onto your top creating a stripe pattern.
Press down along the length of the tape to create a good seal, then add a very slight amount of paint to your brush. You can use a paper towel to remove some of the excess paint if you need to. You want the same amount of paint on your brush as you would if you were dry-brushing.
Start painting your stripes. I lightly pounce the brush in a circular motion as if stenciling. This seems to give the best coverage and allows for smooth, consistent coloring.
Paint two sets of stripes, one on each end on the pillow. While the paint dries, get out your iron on transfer paper and click the link above to get to The Graphics Fairy for the reindeer image. Save the image to your computer and then depending on which direction you want your reindeer to face, you may have to reverse your image in “mirror” before printing. I made two pillows to put on our sofa and wanted the deer to face each other. For this reason, I printed one of them in mirror image and one normal. This is entirely up to you though. Follow the directions on your package of iron-on paper when printing.
Once your images are printed out the way you want them, trim them as close to the image as you can without cutting into the image itself.
Now flip it over so the reindeer is face down and center it between your painted grain sack stripes (make sure your paint is dry first).
Once you have your reindeer positioned exactly where you want it, follow the directions on your package of paper to iron the image onto your fabric. Once cool, peel away the backing paper and your image will be revealed on your fabric.
Once that step is complete, it’s time to sew! You’ll want to sew the two peices of your fabric together with the right sides facing each other. Sew a 1/2 inch seam along three sides, remembering to leave an opening for your pillow. Remember, your pillow cover should still be inside out at this point. My drop cloth already had a finished edge, so I used it for the opening where my pillow would go in. If yours does not have a finished edge, go ahead and sew a hem all around your opening to create a finished edge (while the cover is still inside out). I also sewed a piece of twill tape to the top and bottom edge to make a tie closure. You can do this if you want or your can leave it as it is. I just liked the look of the tie, so I added it.
Once you’re all finished, turn your pillow cover right side out and you’re ready to slip the pillow inside.
Tie up the closure if you added one and you’re all set! Perfect for Christmas or winter decorating.
Enjoy and happy decorating!!
xo and God Bless,