Friday, March 30, 2012

~raggygirlvintage french grainsack style pillows~

Hello peeps, before we get to the french grainsack style pillows, let me show you my view the past 10 days....


Pretty sweet hey! I was sunning it up with my family in Palm Springs, we were l-a-z-y!!

I had all kinds of plans for how I would use the time, but sometimes a body just needs a rest, so I swam, read, played games with the kids, shopped a little, looked at the stars, and watched humming birds! Do you know I can no longer beat my 16 year old at Scrabble. It’s a sad day I tell you.


I tried blogging from my ipad while I was gone, but it went all squirrely on me and I even managed to lose my last post. I took it as a sign to just chill and spend my time reading all your blogs instead!

We almost missed our flight home, but not quite, they were closing the doors behind us and we lost our seat assignments. As I’m not a good flyer to start with I think I handled it all very well! So now I’m back in the rain up north wearing three sweaters, with the fireplace going, but spring is a-coming, I know it, and I have so many things to work on and share with you here at raggygirlvintage. 

~raggygirlvintage french grainsack style pillow~

So first up, with us all fluffing our homes for spring, I wanted to show you some pillows ideas. I’ve been making these french grainsack style pillows for a while now, but I don’t believe I’ve ever shared them with you here. Here I have a french grainsack pillow stacked with a blue stripe ticking pillow and two of my budget Ikea white pillows. They almost redeem my awful navy sofa. Almost.


The grainsack style pillows are really fun to make, I use a heavier, nubby fabric and handpaint the stripes. The fun part is you can vary the width of the stripes for the look you want. 


I prefer to do a lighter coat of paint so it’s a little patchy here and there, makes it look more like a weathered grainsack.


This pillow closes with two twill ties on the side, so it’s easy-peasy to remove and wash, and I love the look of the side ties.


I finally got to list my french grainsack style pillow in my etsy store, so if you’re not up for making your own, head on over and check it out! I have a couple more new graphic pillows I’ll be listing there soon, including my all time fav. Here’s the link:




Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Wow, looks like you had a wonderful view and a great vacation. Glad you got lots of rest.

I also love your grain sack pillows. They are beautiful.


Unknown said...

Greetings from the land of dixie! I am your newest follower via Freckled Laundry Linky Party. Love the pillows...too cute and ticking fabric, so I adore yours with the cute little ties...visit me sometimes over at my blog palace. Tiffany

Cheryl said...

cure pillows. Where do you find the wide cream color twill tape? I haven't been able to find that at my local fabric store.

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Love Palm springs, your blog and those wonderful the way you did the closing with the ties...I am a new follower of yours...see you soon..

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Looks like you had a perfect vacation!
You know I love your pillows! So cute!


Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Wow! What a view! I'm so glad you were able to relax and enjoy your family on vacation. I remember the day my daughter beat me at Scrabble! Makes one feel old!
Love, love your pillows of course! Beautiful!

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I'm so glad that you got some time to relax and enjoy family.
I love your pillows! The grain sack pillows look authentic. Thanks for sharing your creativity and talent.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

Mary @ Sea Quilts said...

They DO look authentic. Loving their simplicity. Thanks for the peek ~

Mary @ Sea Quilts

Jenah Martin said...

Hi Tracey,
Beautiful pillows! I found your blog after stumbling on your etsy shop, and I'm your newest follower.
Stop by my new blog pale elegance anytime; you're welcome to follow me!
Have a great week,

Danielle Hardy said...

Beautiful pillows!!! Sounds like a fabulous holiday in the sun :)

MGal @ said...

I can't wait to try my hand at making these pillows for my friend's Modern French Country living room. You should stop and see what I've finished so far when you have a chance. Cheers, MGal

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