Faux Grain Sack Pillows


Do you remember that game from Kindergarten… and Highlights magazine … where you were asked to pick the one thing that doesn’t belong with the others?




Well, that’s pretty much how I’ve been feeling on the first Wednesday of the month at the Repurpose, Recycle, Reuse party. Like the circled one that doesn’t belong …

Sad smile

I have a hard time sticking with neutrals. I love them when I see them, but can’t seem to make them happen in my home. I keep finding myself drawn to bold patterns. And colors.


And sparkly things.


But I was on a mission this month. A mission to not mess up the group graphic. So I went muted. Understated. With some faux grain sack pillows made from painter’s drop cloth material …




How To Make Faux Grain Sack Pillow From Painter’s Drop Cloth

Step 1: Wash the drop cloth. This makes it softer and much easier to work with.

Step 2: Cut your drop cloth to size to fit the pillow. I followed this tutorial to make an envelope pillow.

Step 3: Tape off and paint your fabric. I used a fabric paint and dipped the brush in and blotted. I was going for a dry brush technique …


and I’ll blot off even more paint the next time I make these.


A few tips …

(1) Paint the fabric before you sew the pillow together;

(2) Be sure to put cardboard under the fabric when painting.


And that’s it. I created two different patterns …



 {The center stripe on this pillow measures 3/4″; the two smaller outer stripes measure 1/4″}



 {The stripes on this pillow are 1/4″ wide}


and, look(!), this month I don’t think I stick out like a sore thumb …


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Good thing I didn’t go with that neon green project!

Winking smile

Be sure to check out the links above to see what my repurposing, recycling, and reusing friends are up to this month.

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Here are some of my Repurpose, Recycle, Reuse projects from the previous months {just click on the pictures to see the full post} …


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  1. says

    Great job – they look fantastic! I paint on drop cloth for pillows all the time but haven’t done grain sack stripes yet – it’s on my list though! If I ever get caught up with latitude, farmgirl, and state/home pillows!

  2. says

    You are too funny, Linda! I’ve actually had those same thoughts, but about MY projects – I think I’m the one messing up the “group graphic” each month, lol! Your project turned out beautifully. I’ve yet to repurpose drop cloths, but plan to get my hands on some eventually. Love it!

  3. says

    I have some chairs that these would look marv with. Did you sand the stripes? I sanded mine down a bit and that worked good to knock down the paint part.

    • says

      Hey there – I’m trying an experiment to see if a plugin I installed really works. I’m supposed to be able to reply to comments in the comments thread on my blog and it should send an email to your inbox too. Can you let me know if you get this? You can just reply back to the email (I think?). Thanks friend! :) Linda

  4. says

    What a brilliant idea. The end product looks amazing-I would never have thought about using paint-drop sheets to make a cushion cover!

    If you have a minute to spare I’d be thrilled if you could share this great post at my weekly Say G’day Saturday link up. It has just started and this would be a fantastic addition!

    Best wishes and happy Mother’s day!
    Natasha in Oz

  5. says

    Your paint job on those pillows looks like you bought them that way, so professional. I’m not good at taping stripes or anything else but would sure love to try making these, they look incredible, wowosa.
    Pinning Happy week

    • says

      Thank you so much! I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised at how well the tape worked. I truly expected bleeding through but it didn’t! I say give it a try!

      :) Linda


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