How to stencil authentic-looking vintage grain sack stripe pillows

Learn how to stencil authentic-looking vintage grain sack stripe pillows on Ikea covers with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

If you are a collector of vintage antiques, chances are you’ll also have a stash of grain sacks.

I’ve long been a collector of the burlap coffee bags using them as pillows and even as upholstery on my pallet furniture. And have come across some pretty fun flour bags with their vibrant graphics gently faded to perfection.

However, what I haven’t loved about collecting is that heavy burlap is tricky to work with (and impossible to clean) and most definitely not soft to the touch. As for the cotton bags, the quirky sizes have always challenged me if I wanted pillows made from them. And of course, the french grain sacks while positively gorgeous, can fetch a pretty dear price.

It was time for a DIY version!

Learn how to stencil authentic-looking vintage grain sack stripe pillows on Ikea covers with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

Hence… four Grain Sack-styled logo stencils were created…

… to accompany our 6 Grain Sack Stripe stencils so you can make your own variations!

I mean… how does one even decide what to do? As I was drawing up the colour proofs, I got overwhelmed because everything I attempted looked so cute! Which made me happy. You can’t really go wrong when creating with these, however I do have some tips to make them look authentic.

So let’s walk through a couple of pillow designs done on two different sized cases with different techniques.

Learn how to stencil this authentic-looking Flour vintage grain sack stripe pillows on Ikea covers with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

Flour Grain Sack Pillow

 

This 26″ Flour cushion cover with feather (I only get feather!) insert is positively scrumptious! And this design makes a real vintage statement.

The cover has a weathered oatmeal texture and is so incredibly soft to the touch. The colours used for the Flour design are neutral, yet still pack a real punch. Isn’t it a beauty?

And it feels as good as it looks. You got that right. I actually lean on it and USE it! Can’t live without this one.

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You’ll Need:

Flour stencil from HERE

Grain Sack Stripe stencil G1 or G1L from HERE

26″ Jofrid Ikea cushion cover in the oatmeal tone and feather pillow insert

Fusion Mineral Paint’s Ash and Raw Silk

(find a local Fusion merchant from HERE)

Stencil brush

Masking tape

Measuring device


Learn how to stencil this authentic-looking Flour vintage grain sack stripe pillows on Ikea covers with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

How-To:

1. Insert something waterproof inside the cushion cover before painting to avoid bleed-through. I used plastic page protectors.

2. Position Grain Sack Stripe stencil G1 in the middle of the pillow, masking tape into place, then stencil with Raw Silk. Reposition stencil to lengthen the stripe as required.

Tip: Always stencil the stripe much lighter than your planned end design over-top so they contrast nicely.

Nerdy info: In graphic design print world, I was always told, never use more than 5%-10% of a colour if print will be overtop. I take that same premise to stenciling as well. It works!

Learn how to stencil this authentic-looking Flour vintage grain sack stripe pillows on Ikea covers with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

3. Once stripe is dry, centre and tape the Flour stencil in the middle of the cover. Stencil with Fusion’s Ash.

I LOVE this colour! I was out of Coal Black so I decided to try Ash. It’s a super dark grey and it gives sort of a faded black appearance which is perfect for a vintage look! I’m now using it all the time.

4. Once dry, place feather insert inside of cover, pouf it up, give it a good karate chop, and pretty up that sofa or bed of yours!

Process shown in video further down this post.

Learn more tips on how to stencil HERE


Learn how to stencil this authentic-looking vintage grain sack pillow, featuring Farm Blend Grain with a chicken on an Ikea Gurli cushion cover with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

Farm Blend Grain pillow

 

This sweet farm-themed design was totally custom drawn by yours truly, right down to the cutest little walking chicken feet!

This pillow turned out so pretty in these tone-on-tone colours! For a fun grain-like effect, try the paint splatter effect! It turned out really cool.

This 20″ pillow is compact enough to tuck anywhere. The covers and inserts from Ikea make this another easy project.

You’ll need:

Grain stencil from HERE

Grain Sack Stripe stencil G4 or G4L from HERE

Fusion Mineral Paint’s Champlain (for stripe) and Algonquin (for grain design).

20″ Gurli Ikea Cushion cover in (their version of) white and feather insert.

Stencil brush

Masking tape

Measuring device


Learn how to stencil this authentic-looking vintage grain sack pillow, featuring Farm Blend Grain with a chicken on an Ikea Gurli cushion cover with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

How-to:

1. Insert something waterproof inside the cushion cover before painting to avoid bleed-through. I used plastic page protectors.

These have long been my #1 go-to for cushion covers. They also come in different colours. 

2. Position Grain Sack Stripe stencil G4 or G4L in the middle of the pillow, masking tape into place, then stencil with Champlain. Reposition stencil to lengthen the stripe if using G4.

3. Load stencil brush with Champlain, then gently flick paint all over the cover to create a grain-like effect. Try subtle, then if you feel it can handle more, add as desired.

This is an amazing fresh neutral warm colour! It gets slightly darker as it dries.

4. Once paint is dry, centre and tape Grain in the middle of the cover. Stencil with Fusion’s Algonquin.

This is a really pretty and neutral tone that offers some depth. I love how the design pops against the pillow cover and stripe, while still being super neutral.

Learn how to stencil this authentic-looking vintage grain sack pillow, featuring Farm Blend Grain with a chicken on an Ikea Gurli cushion cover with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

Tip: How to leave a grainy effect

5. Leaving the Grain stencil in place, load the stencil brush with a deeper tone such as Fusion’s Ash, then gently flick the paint over top of the Grain logo only. Remove stencil.

Learn how to stencil this authentic-looking vintage grain sack pillow, featuring Farm Blend Grain with a chicken on an Ikea Gurli cushion cover with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

Click picture to enlarge to view the flicked paint effect. It’s really cool!

6. Once dry, place feather insert inside of cover, pouf it up, give it a good karate chop, and show it off on a cute chair or on your cozy sofa!

Isn’t it cute? It truly is super easy to create this look!

Learn more tips on how to stencil HERE


Video below

 

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Click above to view a short video on the pillow stenciling process. It includes flicking the paint!

Music: Acoustic Breeze by bensound.com


Learn how to Buffalo Check this Coffee-themed TV tray with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

Learn how to Buffalo Check this Coffee-themed TV tray with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

These designs do more than pillows though. They are compact enough to fit most anywhere!

I could also see this on a serving tray or even the middle of a clock.

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View full TV tray tutorial HERE

Fresh Coffee stencil is from HERE

Buffalo CheckLarge stencil is from HERE

Painted in Fusion’s Coal black and Raw Silk

Learn how to stencil this Pure Sugar-themed vintage crate into an industrial side table with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

Or how about a cute little Sugar stamped crate as a side-table?

Sugar was designed to emulate a bag of shipped sugar, weights and dates and all. It looks great on pillows or crates!

Learn how to stencil this Pure Sugar-themed vintage crate into an industrial side table with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

Simply position the stencil, then go for it.

Sugar stencil is from HERE

Paint used – Fusion’s Ash

Learn how to stencil this Pure Sugar-themed vintage crate into an industrial side table with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint!

After the crate was stenciled, I added some junky hardware I had on hand to give it an industrial cart look. 

Wouldn’t stenciling a real Sugar bin be cool too?!

Learn how to make this rustic farmhouse stained shelving with grain sack Flour pillow and wicker basket storage for organizing recyclables and more.

Honestly?

Learn how to make this rustic farmhouse stained shelving and vintage grain sack stenciled pillows and crates with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencil.

I’m rather hard pressed to find a place these designs don’t suit.

They look cute everywhere!

Without being cutesy. Know what I mean?

Learn how to make this rustic farmhouse stained shelving and vintage grain sack stenciled pillows and crates with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencil.

Shelf tutorial is HERE

Do you love this look too? What would you put them on?

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  1. Hello. Love, Love Love your site and all your amazing ideas. Just a quick question. Is the paint you use on the pillows washable. Does it harden on the material. Thank you.