Grain Sack Style Christmas Banner

It’s time to start decorating the old place for Christmas.
I made a little banner made of burlap and hand painted it to look like an old European grain sack.
I love those old grain sacks and I always will regardless of whether they are in and out of fashion.
People cared so much in the old days to take so much care just to make a bag used for carrying their grain to and from the mill or market. Many are hand embroidered with the owners initials as well.
As I’ve said before, I can’t bear to cut mine up!

in other news, I installed a new blog design yesterday! Although I loved the old design, it was a little cluttered and to tell the truth, I just get tired of looking at the same design all of the time and like to change things around here. I got some help from my blog designer Jacquelinne over at Smitten Designs. I really like her. I used to do everything on my own but I really am trying not to do it all and give myself a break sometimes. Plus. Jacquelinne is just plain talented.

First I used sticker paper in my Silhouette machine to make the letters. You could also do this with a craft knife and your printer if you don’t have an electronic cutter.
I used painters tape to make the little stripes.
I folded over the top of the triangles and sewed them down to make a little casing for the string to go.
You could also glue them down if you want. 
So simple!

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Comments

  1. Sew Blessed Maw says:

    THis is so cute… Love the old grain sacks too..

  2. Shirley Ann says:

    Okay, I’m going to sound like my girls by saying this…but…”you have a silhouette? Aw man, you are so lucky!” LOL That is going to have to wait till another time for me since I have already filled up my wish list for this Christmas. Love the banner. I really want to add painting to my creative side. :)

  3. Love your porch chandelier, too.

    Woah, new blog layout again already? Did I miss that post? Love it, it looks clean and simple.

  4. So cute! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday – Tuesday) at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  5. I’m adoring this!! I would love for you to come link this up to my party going on! http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2012/12/get-social-sunday_9.html

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