Sunday, September 11, 2011

Grain Sack Curtains

Here they are, just as promised.
After a few years of collecting I finally had enough to make these fabulously full drapes.
I added some of my favorite antique fabrics as the patches for covering the holes.
(this is a vintage gas station shammy found it a thrift shop back home for .10)
I put them up last night but thought, hey I would love to swag them. When I did it revealed the ugly outside. Houses here are built so close together that you can see straight into your neighbors place. Ick, or the horrible backyards of all the homes that are neglected.
I thought," how can I open my drapes to let some light in but not see the ugly outside?"
After seeing Shabby Chic blog this week, I had to try a Union Jack drape.
Using old silk curtains I had and scraps of misc. fabrics it all just came together.
I LOVE it.It makes the room so golden and hazy. With as much sun as we get here it is nice to block it all out and make it feel gloomy, yet elegant.
I have pictures of the drapes open and shut. there are a lot, but I got a few different lighting shots for you to see.


Lasso the Moon said...

How cute! That union jack is really cool. Good job.

Dethrose Vintage said...

Wow! I'm so jealous of those curtains! They look amazing, great job! You're so talented:)

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love this! I usually don't like the grain sack look unless they are used for kitchen towels, but this I love. The Union jack drape is absolutely perfect. Great job, Amy! You are so creative and inspiring.

Ricki Jill

Cara said...


Lilac and Grey

Old Paper Roses said...

Just beautiful!
I love how your bedroom looks.
What a wonderful way to make curtains.

Have a great day,
Hugs Michelle

Rhonda said...

Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous

If I only had 1/2 of your talent.

Don't you just love the Shabby Chic blog by Rachel? I would love to visit her ranch in Texas one day.

Anonymous said...

The Union Jack is the perfect touch. Love how these turned out, it's great to see such beautiful vintage swatches reused to create such a beautiful final piece.

Christy said...

I have some grain sacks I was thinking of hanging on clothespins in my laundry room for curtains. I love the way you made yours! Did you open them up at the seams? I might just go ahead and pin mine up, and when I get a few more maybe sew them together like this. Very cute.

Vintage Market Place said...

Hi Christy.
yes I definitely would suggest opening the seams and then washing
Mine all come from old barns and the things living in the seams are frightening. lol
Have fun making your curtains :)