Thursday, November 18, 2010

RECLAIMED RUSTICS ~ Vintage Grain Sack and Old Linen

There's something so exciting about finding a piece of old grain sack or french ticking. I think it partially has to do with the careful planning that goes into picking a project special enough to use the piece for. At least, that's normally the case for me. When I come across a piece of vintage French ticking or something else just as special, it's normally in a fairly small piece. In order to make the absolute most of out my little bit of fabric, it normally sits for a long time, awaiting the perfect project. Be it a new throw pillow, or a cover for a hall bench, these materials are becoming increasingly popular these days. Just this afternoon I was browsing the new Pottery Barn catalogue and they were even carrying a selection of vintage grain sack pillows! A more cost efficient method of achieving a very similar look would be to reproduce these kinds of material. You can find many different stenciled linens (some even customized) on and similar ticking in classic blues and reds at your nearest IKEA.
Either way, there are so many different things one can do with these fabulous fabrics! Here are a few ideas for some inspiration... maybe you too have a few little scraps laying around, waiting to be transformed into something special. featured this fantastic room, full of gorgeously upholstered furniture!
Here an old grain sack was used as an area rug.
Dreamy Whites (top and bottom) used some pretty vintage fabric for a simple bed set, above, and a pretty table runner (below). These would be a fabulous vintage addition to your holiday decor!

This old grain sack fabric gave this simple cream staircase so much charm!

If you'd love to get your hands on some gorgeous fabric, check out these 4 fantastic giveaways from Cabbages & Roses. Each one is different and each blog offers a few different chances to win!

- Dreamy Whites -


- French Larkspur -


- My Sweet Savannah -


- Lobster and Swan -


The contests end November 25th and the winners for each will be announced on November 29th. Hurry over to each one and enter to win!


  1. I love the mat you have running down your stairs. It's really very nice.

  2. Please tell me the flowers you have in the pictures. They have a beautiful shade of purple in them.


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