Featured Etsy Store: On Sutton Place

Day Two of guest posting continues! Today I’m welcoming Ann from On Sutton Place to showcase her beautiful vintage grain sack pillows and whatnots from her etsy store. I absolutely love Ann’s style, and her vintage grainsack creations just call my name every time I see them. I know you’re going to love seeing them and reading more about the process! If you will please go to Ann’s blog or her etsy store to pin the images that you see here so she can get the traffic for them! Thanks! ~ Beth


Hi everyone! I’m Ann from the blog On Sutton Place and I’m very happy to be here at Unskinny Boppy! Beth has asked me to show you some of my repurposed grain sack items from my Etsy shop, Sutton Place Designs. Along with that I’d like to share some tips and tidbits about grain sacks in general.

When I first began my love affair with grain sacks it was as someone who thought they were out of reach. Too expensive or too hard to find. When I opened my Etsy shop, I was determined to figure out a way to obtain the sacks easily and at a decent price. The easiest place to find them are on sites like eBay and Etsy. If you are really lucky you might find them at large antique shows or fairs. My friend Kim from Savvy Southern Style posted this picture last fall after attending the Country Living Fair in Atlanta.

If I had been there I’m sure I would have fainted dead away. Seriously. Grain sacks are out there…you just have to look, use search engines and spend time online to find them.

The average price for a grain sack in good shape is usually between $40 and $50. Bigger sacks and the ones with embroidered initials go for more.

Before I begin sewing, I wash every grain sack with a pod each of detergent and Oxiclean. I add fabric softener to the rinse cycle and then dry them all the way. It softens them up a bit and hopefully takes care of any shrinkage. Depending on the width, sometimes I have to pick out the side seams in order to get the most out of the sack. Once in a while when I get to the bottom there are still bits of grain in the corners. It always makes me wonder about the woman who sewed the stitches that I just took out.

Sometimes I feel a bit sad when I cut into a piece of vintage fabric to “repurpose” it. I try to think of it as giving that fabric a second chance. Grain sacks are not being used any more for their original purpose. Instead of sitting in an attic or barn somewhere, I am lovingly bringing them back to life.

My best advice for sewing with grain sacks is to go slowly. Look at each bag for a while and think about the best way to use it. Once you cut, it’s all over. With each sack I sit at my sewing table and measure the length…several times. I decide what to make that will get the most bang for my buck. My first choice for pillow covers is always to have both sides made from grain sack. Sometimes that’s just not possible.

I will only use vintage fabric to back a grain sack pillow cover…never, ever anything new and only as a last resort. I like to make my pillow covers in pairs. I understand all those symmetrical people out there! Sometimes using a different back is the only way to do that. Reversible pillows are just smart…two looks for the price of one.

To learn more about sewing with vintage fabrics here are a few links to check out:

How to Make a Perfect Bow

Sewing with Vintage Textiles

Vintage White Matelasse

I want to thank Beth for having me over for a visit. She has been such a good friend and is one of the most generous bloggers out there. Her willingness to share her knowledge and experiences has been a blessing for me.

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  1. Great post Ann!! and your products are just beautiful…lovely!

  2. Lots of eye candy in this post.

    Bliss

  3. I am a long time fan of Ann’s blog, she always has such inspiring posts and I love seeing the fabulous pillows that she makes. I especially love her grain sack pillows.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Cindy

  4. Ann you have got serious talent! Loving all you have whipped up!

  5. I really love the apron, Ann. Beautiful.

  6. Oh I love everything in Ann’s shop, just gorgeous!

  7. Beautiful – and so nice to hear what respect and love you have for the material!

  8. I love Ann’s Grain Sack Products! She’s just amazing…

  9. I follow Ann’s blog, she is so talented and makes lovely items. You picked a great person to feature today:)

  10. I adore your pillows, Ann! Your tutorial on how to make the perfect bow was used to make my Christmas tree topper this year…a dropcloth bow 🙂

  11. Ann, this is such a wonderful post! I love how much thought you put into repurposing your grain sacks and you already know that I’m such a huge fan of everything you do! Your repurposed grain sacks in my house are favorites and treasures of mine!

  12. Wonderful and informative post thank you 🙂

  13. Love all of these wonderful projects. So many ideas and easy on the budget.

  14. Picture four, bottom pillow. Red stripe… :swoon:

    What gorgeous, gorgeous work. Obviously, excellent craftsmanship!!

  15. I’m a big fan of Ann’s and I so admire her work. I’m super thrilled too, because I’m about to have my very own Sutton Place Designs table runner. It’s on it’s way!!

  16. 😀 Thanks for featuring Ann and her wonderful grain sack creations. I’m a customer of hers, and the quality is certainly there. I also follow her blog and read almost every post.

    Your blog looks like fun, too! I’m your latest subscriber!

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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