I really love the simple look of cushions made from grain sacks, however I don't like the price especially as I would need a few.
We have been walking like mad over the last few days as my brother's girlfriend and her son, Renzo are staying with us for Easter (my brother is currently on a yacht just off Ethiopia having been accompanied by armed guards to get him through Oman as boats and even ships in this area are frequently taken over by Somali pirates. So scary and sounds unbelievable but the ship in front of him was taken over last week so my brother and his crew took no chances and turned around until armed guards were flown in. Talk about another world!). Anyway we spent five hours in a country park on Monday, all afternoon in another in the pouring rain yesterday and today have been to the National Showcaves of Wales which also has an amazing dinosaur park for my nephew, Ned and Renzo (my two are a bit big for the dinosaurs but still really enjoyed the caves). This is more fresh air than I am used to (given that I spend so much time sitting in front of the computer looking at all your gorgeous homes) so we have been collapsing in the evenings.
Anyway, I have had an idea milling around in my head for a while so really late last night I got to it. I often have a second wind last thing at night and finished this cushion around 2am.
The stripes in grain sacks come in so many varieties but I decided on a thick stripe in the middle with a thinner one on each side. I bought some plain off white linen which I washed to shrink before I started. I then marked the centre of my fabric and put a thin, straight line of freezer paper either side of the centre - this gave me a gap of about 15mm for my thick centre stripe. I then left a small gap either side of the freezer paper and ironed on another length each side to create the space for the thin stripes. I used a stencil brush (as dabbing gives the paint the uneven pigmented look which I like) and dry dabbed fabric paint in oriental red in the three open areas to create my stripes.
I plan on making a seat pad for my bench in my kitchen using the same fabric and the same method and I am also going to make a few more cushions but plan on varying the stripes so they look like they came from different styles of grain sacks.
My sister also has a long dining table and has had trouble finding a table runner for it so I plan on making her one now!