A reader tells how she creates handmade toss pillows, framed art and aprons using feed sacks with interesting advertising slogans and logo designs, and gives them as holiday gifts.
Two homemade feed sack pillows on a couch.
I collected old feed sacks for years before I put them to use. I find them at flea markets, antique stores, and on eBay. I choose sacks with interesting advertising slogans and eye-catching logo designs. Clean and rip-free fabric is a plus, although it’s not critical; I can fix any sack with stain remover and a pair of scissors.
The inspiration for feed sack pillows came about when our new couch was delivered without any toss pillows. I bought small plain pillows off the clearance rack at a discount store, and then tacked my favorite feed sacks down the center. I used thick embroidery thread to stitch a decorative primitive border. Friends complimented my unique pillows, asking how much I’d charge to make them a pair.
That question gave me a great idea. I gave those friends matching pillow sets as holiday gifts.
In addition to making pillows, bags in supreme condition also make excellent framed art. I enhance each sack’s printed design with colored embroidery thread, and I use old barn wood to construct rustic frames for each gift.
Another gift idea is feed sack aprons. I made these for my cook and baker friends, and they loved them. Aprons are a great way to use damaged feed sacks. Simply cut away damaged portions, then sew the good portion directly onto a plain canvas apron. Finish the apron by highlighting the print with embroidery stitch accents.
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