i should be mopping the floor: Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags

I was supplied paint & brushes for these Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags by Plaid Crafts. All opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links that I receive a portion back on.

This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It was a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!

Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
Anyone else as obsessed with vintage grain sacks as I am? I love these things. A few years ago, I bought a few authentic ones down at the Round Top Vintage Market and have used them to recover furniture here and there (and to make the curtain under my sink). I also have a couple of faux ones I've made around the house as well. I am obsessed, y'all.

The stripes on grain sacks are the most significant part. Historically, they're the way farmers individualized their sacks. Each farmer had their own pattern...some sacks were even stitched with their monogram (I'd probably give up a body part to obtain one of those).

I thought it would be really fun to make mini grain sacks for the holidays...I mean, what a fun way to give a little gift, right? Check out my tutorial below for these Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags.



Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
These would be so cute for so many different gifts...gift cards, secret Santa gifts, jewelry, candy, and more! 
And the recipient can use it later in their decor.  


Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
These little burlap gift bags are everywhere these days. I grabbed mine at Target in the Dollar Spot, but then found them even cheaper on Amazon here. I also used masking tape, super thin washi tape (grab some on Amazon here), Waverly's chalk-style paint in red, and a high quality stencil brush (mine is from Plaid Crafts).


Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
 Start by using a small piece of scrap paper inside your burlap bag.
This will prevent your paint from bleeding through.


Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
I used my wide masking tape on both edges of my bag, sealing it well with my fingertips. 


Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
Then I used the thin tape in the middle.
You can truly make the design however you like. Look up grain sack designs for inspiration. 


Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
I try not to use too much paint on my stencil brush, just enough to paint small, 1" sections. 


Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
To prevent bleed, do not paint with strokes, instead pounce your paint brush rapidly in those small, 1" sections I mentioned above, until the area is saturated with paint. 


Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
Continue until the entire exposed area is covered in paint.
Let dry for an hour (give or take).


Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
Pull the tape off to reveal your stripes. 


Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
Bada bing. Bada boom. 


Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
The particular bags I purchased had white strings that didn't really fit with the look I was going for, so I cut them out. Most of these types of bags already have the twine strings, so you may not have to cut yours.  


Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
I just added regular jute twine and a large jingle bell (the bigger, the better, right?). 


Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!
Super cute, right, y'all?
I think this would be so much fun to receive a gift in a bag like this! 


Miniature Grain Sack Bags | This tutorial for how to make Miniature Grain Sack Gift Bags is a fun little craft that anyone can make. It is a simple project with a lot of bang...and it's perfect for the holidays!






5 comments:

  1. I love these and never would have thought to do them myself! Perfect!
    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

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  2. My grandfather had filbert (hazelnut) trees and since selling the property our nuts are from neighbours. Grandpa used to put sacks in our stockings filled with the filberts at Christmas and it was such a great tradition that I am keeping it up even now, many years later. Your idea here is my new sack feature this year. I just love the whimsy with the jingle bells. Very sweet project. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  3. These are really adorable, Kristi! Thanks for linking up to The Creative Exchange. We will be featuring your project this week!
    xo,
    Laura

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