Faux Feed Sack Pillows

IF YOU’RE HERE TO ENTER TO WIN A CAMEO, IT’S ONE POST DOWN.  (And this would TOTALLY be a great first project for it!)

You’ve seen the fabulous pillows made from feed sacks all over the internet, right?  Pottery Barn had some made from coffee bags, even.  I love them, but I don’t happen to have an abundance of feed sacks sitting around.  OK, I don’t have any feed sacks sitting around and I don’t know where to get them either.  So, I came up with this project to satisfy my love of the feed sack.  Desperation is the mother of invention, right?  And, this tutorial *might* even be better than the real deal because you can totally personalize a faux sack.  What are the odds that you’d find an actual feed bag with your last name (or Santa or whatever) on it?  (Hint: none.)


(I went the Santa route, since I originally developed this project for the A Swell Noel series over at Positively Splendid, but this technique would work for any image/lettering.)


Canvas drop cloth, from the paint section.  You can get a 6’ X 9’ one for around $10.  That’d make A LOT of pillows.
Contact paper, vinyl, or freezer paper.  I used contact paper because it’s cheap and can easily be fed through my Silhouette.
Silkscreen ink.  I like Simply Screen by Plaid.


Cut your design or lettering out of your contact paper (or vinyl or freezer paper).  I used a Santa silhouette from the Silhouette download store and then cut it with my Silhouette (on vinyl settings but slowed down to a speed of 5 and a depth of 7).  You could easily do this with a craft knife as well.


Apply the contact paper to your drop cloth.  I cut an 18” X 18” square because my pillow form was 18”.


I used that green scraper thing to get a good tight seal around the edges.

I like to stick the vinyl backing under my fabric to keep the ink from bleeding through and getting on my table.


Apply silkscreen ink with a sponge brush.


I like to use a scrap of contact paper to squirt the ink out onto.


Once the ink is dry, you can peel off the contact paper.


Then, take some sandpaper to your design.


Keep sanding until it looks old and worn and like it’s been part of the canvas forever.


Assemble your pillow (I made a simple envelope back).


And you’re done.


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  1. Ricki Duke says:

    I want it! Thanks for the chance to win it. :)

  2. I was wondering how you got the aged look–who knew you could use sand paper on fabric? I’m totally making some of these to add to my holiday decorating this year.

  3. Do you have to use the Simply Screen or would it work with regular fabric paint? I would have never thought to take sandpaper to it, but I love the look of it. I love the worn designs on t-shirts. Now that I can make my own look that way I’m going to be a t-shirt making machine!

    • Char @ Crap I've Made says:

      You know…I don’t know. This is one of those projects that turned into something else whilst I was working on it. I think the Simply Screen might be better because it’s thick, but you could sure try the paint. I mean, you have PLENTY of fabric if you get a drop cloth, right? LOL!

  4. Kelley Dever says:

    I love your “crap”! Totally fits in with my way of crafting!

  5. So you sent your contact paper through the Silhouette without a backing? I have never had a lot of luck with that…does changing the thickness help? Thanks for the tutorial! I have been using my vinyl for stencils and that is DEAR, would love to switch to contact paper. :)

  6. Aha! The old sand paper trick! I couldn’t figure that part out~~thanks for the info.

  7. So cute!

  8. I love it! Great fun

  9. Love these – I make one for each of my kids to put on their beds during the holidays :)

  10. Thanks for a great blog
    Christmas Decoration ideas

  11. I think I love this idea! And to think I bought a Yudo I have never used.

  12. Nancy Johnson says:

    I love this idea…I can’t wait to try it!

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