How To Make A Pillowcase Farmhouse Grain Sack Style

Learn how to make a pillowcase farmhouse grain sack style in a fun and easy way. It’s a perfect project to add some farmhouse style to our Christmas decor. A fun and easy tutorial that will only need a few supplies and all your love!

Farmhouse is still my favorite home decor style. For some reason, it brings a cozy and homey feeling to the home.

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Make A Pillowcase Farmhouse Grain Sack Style

Actually, pillows are an obsession and also my favorite item of any decor but if you add the farmhouse style to it then in my book that’s called perfection.

Being Christmas my favorite time of the year, I thought why not put it all together, right?

This farmhouse grain sack pillowcase tutorial is easy to put together and you don’t need to be an expert sewer to accomplish it. It’s perfect for beginners.

I love the look of grain sack pillows. They are so rustic and yes with a bit of modern style, they look amazing within your farmhouse decor.

How To Make A Pillowcase:  view from the side

Even if you don’t have a cutting machine for the painted word, you can find stencils and still be able to create your own.

So don’t let this tutorial scare you. Imagination is the limit.

Best part?

You can machine wash them (in a gentle cycle) and then dry them as long as it’s tumble dry low.

How To Make A GRAIN SACK Pillowcase

Supplies:

  • White linen (size should be your pillow size + ½ inch seam allowance (1 cm) lengthwise, +10cm (4 Inches) widthwise)
  • 2 Red fabric Strips (width same as white linen and length about 2.5 Inches)
  • Buffalo Plaid Red/white fabric (width same as white linen and length about 2 Inches)
  • Press Snaps
  • Buttons
  • A Pillow Insert.
  • Coordinating threads
  • Freezer Paper (or a stencil of your choice if you don’t have a cutting machine)
  • Black fabric paint
  • Foam brush

Tools:

  • Sewing Machine – although you can still do this if you know hand-sewing.
  • Cutting machine – Silhouette or Cricut. You can still do it without a cutting machine just print out your work in a simple and easy-to-cut font and use it as your stencil.
  • Pins and measuring tape
  • Household iron – or heat press if you have one.
  • Scissors.
Supplies needed to learn How To Make A Pillowcase Farmhouse Grain Sack Style

Instructions:

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Prep Work

Firstly, wash your fabric to remove any chemical coatings or creases as well as get any shrinking happening before the pillowcase is finished. Then iron it so you can measure and cut the fabric more easily.

I like to cut my fabric to the dimensions of my pillow insert + 1 cm seam allowance. This way it fits the pillow form nicely and slightly snugly. If you like it tighter, don’t add the 1cm and just cut to the exact dimensions of my pillow insert.

I just adjusted the design size to the maximum my cutting machine could cut (12 inches wide) because of the size of my pillow.

Now create your design. I wrote Noel with a pretty but simple serif font to give the farmhouse vibe.

You can write whatever you want or just use graphics. Imagination is the limit. Just make sure it fits your available space in the pillow cover.

Once your design is ready and you are happy with it, it’s time to cut it.

When using Freezer paper it’s important to remember that the waxed side should always be facing up on the cutting mat.

For this reason, is critical to also remember to flip (mirror) the design before cutting. To do this, you just need to select the whole design and go to Object > Mirror > Flip Horizontally on the top menu on your silhouette studio app.

Noel design for Farmhouse Christmas Pillow cover

Lay your freezer paper on your mat wax side facing up covering the whole sticky area of your mat.

Load your mat in your cutting machine.

Set your app to print paper and adjust your knife accordingly. BUT I set the blade to 1 since freezer paper is really light.

Send to cut.

Using and Applying Freezer Paper

Once cut is done, carefully remove from the mat the inner parts of the design, leaving only the inner parts that actually belong to your design. Like in this case, would be the inner part of the letter “O”.

peeling the word NOEL
showing the peeled vinyl of the word NOEL
separating the inner part of the letter O

Take one piece of your fabric, iron it well, and mark the center. Also, mark the center of your stencil.

Place carefully your freezer paper stencil waxy side facing down onto the fabric as centered as you can following your center marks.

Use an iron without steam at a medium-high temperature to evenly heat the stencil for about 10-15 seconds. When the fabric gets heated, the waxy side will stick to it.

ironing the stencil on the fabric

Then add those little inner shapes (like the inner “O” in my case) to the correct places and iron them down.

placing the internal stencil of the letter O
ironing the stencil back on the fabric

Painting your Farmhouse Christmas Pillow

I protected a small cutting mat with plastic and taped the fabric to it. You can use cardboard too but always protect it with plastic. You don’t want the cardboard to stick to your pretty pillow cover.

placing plastic on the cutting mat

Place your stenciled piece of fabric on top of your mat or base.

placing the fabric with the stencil on the cutting mat covered with plastic

Secure the fabric either on the back on around it with adhesive tape.

adjusting the fabric to the cutting mat with adhesive tape on the back

Start adding some paint on a paper plate or piece of paper.

With your foam brush spread the paint all over your design making sure you don’t paint making strokes toward the edges. I recommend painting doing gentle taps to avoid the paint bleeding through the stencil edges.

painting with black fabric paint, over the spaces of the word NOEL of the stencil on the fabric
NOEL word are painted

Let it dry for a few minutes and peel off the stencil gently and all the inner parts.

Doing this very carefully and gently, will help prevent the paint from smearing.

removing the stencil from the fabric

Let it dry completely now. Usually, it takes about 30 minutes to an hour but still, make sure you read the paint directions just in case.

To protect the design, apply a fabric sealer after you finish painting and the paint dries. This layer of protection will stop the paint on your pillowcase from fading or coming off and make sure it lasts for a long time.

while it all dries well, let’s work on the pillow decoration.

Grain Sack Pillowcase Decoration

I wanted to create 2 stripes, one on each end of the pillow cover to give that farmhouse look.

Take your fabric strips and let’s fringe it! Fun huh!

Before you start fringing the edge, it’s important to square off the raw edges so the fringe is straight, and even

With buffalo check it’s easier, just trim fabric along the square lines. You could trim it later, but it’s much easier to begin with good edges.

Carefully start pulling threads out from one side to the other until desired fringe length. Repeat for both sides.

I used a seam ripper to help pull threads from the fabric and then pull the rest by hand.

making fringes on the edges of the fabric strips with the help of a seam ripper
pulling the threads by hand from the edges of the fabric

Repeat the process on all 4 strips.

showing the strips of fabric with the fringes already made

Thread Pulling Tips

  • If you find it tricky to get the thread pulled, use a seam ripper to reach the thread and then a tweezer may help get it out.
  • Pull gently to avoid breaking the threads.
  • If a thread does break, use a needle or the seam ripper to work the end out and begin pulling again.
  • Ironing the fabric after you’re finished keeps the threads aligned and easier to work with.
  • If your painted fabric is dry, it’s time to assemble the sack Pillow cover.
showing how the strips of fabric should be on top of each other

Place buffalo check fabric on top of the red fabric strip and then place them on both sides of your painted word main fabric as shown in the photo below.

placing the strips of fabric on the sides of the word NOEL on the painted fabric

When you are happy with the placement pin in place and stitch each stripe on both long sides of each strip as close as possible to the fringed edges.

Assembling the Christmas grain sack Pillowcase

Now, create a double-fold hem on each short side end of your pillowcase pieces.

Fold up the bottom of your fabric by 1 Inch, and press it into place.

Fold up again by 1 Inch and press again.

showing the machine stitching of the fabric strips on the back of the painted fabric
ironing the fold of the fabric along the edge

Repeat with the other 3 ends.

By now, you should have something like the following photo.

showing the back of the fabric with the edges folded and ironed

With right sides together and edges aligned, stitch along both long sides.

Then zig zag stitch between the seam and edges to avoid fraying with washes.

lining up the two fabrics on top of each other

Turn your pillowcase inside out and press.

showing the cover already attached and turned to the right

I made one fake buttoned side and a real one where you insert the pillow.

showing the position of the buttons at the ends of the cover

On the fake side, just stitch your buttons in place joining both sides of the pillowcase.

On the other side, I didn’t want to make buttonholes so I used press snaps for the inside and normal 4-hole buttons.

For this project, I used different buttons all red-colored.

So here’s the deal. Press snaps have 4 holes, and so do the buttons I chose. So what I did was match the holes from snaps on the inside to the normal button on the outside.

Define where your buttons will go, start with the snap inside, and then stitch through to the outside.

hand sewing the buttons
Sewing the buttons to the Farmhouse Christmas Pillow

Insert the needle through the red button and then stitch back inside making sure the needle goes through another snap hole and so on and so forth.

hand sewing the buttons

Repeat this a few times and then finish it with a knot on the inside.

Stitch the back of the snap in the inner side of the back of the pillowcase piece making sure the stitches stay within the hem and not go through the other side of the pillowcase.

joining the buttons

Repeat with the other buttons.

There you go!

pillowcase farmhouse grain sack style almost done

Stuff your Pillow

Now get your pillow insert in there and enjoy your super cute Noel Pillowcase Farmhouse Grain Sack Style!

Stuffing the Farmhouse Christmas Pillow

This is how my lovely Noel Christmas Pillowcase Farmhouse Grain Sack Style looks in my living room!

How To Make A Pillowcase: a front view of the pillow in a wooden crate

Crafting Tips

  • I recommend a medium-weight cotton or linen fabric for an authentic grain sack look. This type of fabric will have a nice texture and durability and it’s very good for painting.
  • Before you begin your project, always wash and iron the fabric to get rid of any chemical coatings or creases as well as we get any shrinking happening before the pillowcase is finished. This will also make sure the surface is clean and smooth for painting.
  • When you use the Silhouette Cameo to cut your design, make sure to flip or mirror the image horizontally. This is an important step because when you place the stencil on the fabric, it will be facing the correct way.
  • Buy high-quality paint that is made specifically for painting on fabric. Follow the directions provided by the manufacturer for how to apply and let the product cure correctly.
  • Use a little bit of paint at a time when you’re painting. Don’t put too much paint on your brush or sponge. Put thin layers of paint to prevent bleeding under the stencil edges of the stencil. Wait for each layer to dry before adding another one. This will make your lines look sharp and neat.
  • Don’t wash your pillowcase at least 24-48 hours after finishing.
  • Experiment with alternative stencil materials: While freezer paper is my favorite material for stenciling, don’t be afraid to explore other materials for your stencil. Materials like adhesive vinyl, mylar sheets, or even acetate can provide different stencil effects and allow for more intricate designs.
How To Make A Pillowcase: a closeup side view of the pillow in a wooden crate
How To Make A Pillowcase: a closeup front view of the pillow in a wooden crate

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a grain sack-style pillowcase?

A grain sack-style pillowcase is a pillowcase that looks like old sacks used to hold grains. Usually, it has lines, a worn-out feeling, and a word or phrase that is painted.

How do I attach the freezer paper stencil to the fabric?

Put the fabric down, and then put the freezer paper stencil on top of it, with the waxy side facing down. Use an iron with the steam off on a medium to high temperature to spread heat evenly over the stencil for about 10 to 15 seconds. The heat makes the waxy side sticky and sticks to the fabric.

What type of paint should I use for fabric?

I recommend using fabric paints specifically formulated for use on textiles. These paints are made to stick to fabric and stay on even when washed. Do what the manufacturer suggests for how to use it, how long to let it dry, and how to set it with heat.

Can I wash the pillowcase after painting?

Yes, most fabric paints can be washed after being heated or cured correctly. You should always do what the fabric paint maker says about washing and taking care of your item.

Can I reuse the freezer paper stencil?

I’ve heard that it’s possible, however, in my experience, you can’t. The freezer paper loses a lot of its stickiness after being peeled off and also the paint left off could easily get mixed with the new paint and damage your new design. I recommend always making a new stencil with freezer paper.

More Christmas Pillows To Try

If you enjoyed learning how to make a pillowcase for Christmas, you might also love these other Christmas project ideas too:

Are there other methods to create a Grain Sack Inspired Farmhouse Christmas Pillow cover?

There are so many ways to get that look. Aimee from The Crazy Craft Lady has one super cute and fun method. She uses Sharpies and drop cloth to create a grain sack effect. Cassity from Remodelaholic shares another idea to create that effect with paint and heat n’ bond tape. So there’s no sewing involved!

✂️ Tutorial

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How To Make A Pillowcase Farmhouse Grain Sack Style

Camila Rojas
Learn how to make a pillowcase farmhouse grain sack style in a fun and easy way. It’s a perfect project to add some farmhouse style to our Christmas decor. A fun and easy tutorial that will only need a few supplies and all your love!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Crafting Time 45 minutes
Drying time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Category DIY & Craft
Topic Christmas craft, Christmas decor, Farmhouse decor, Sewing, Silhouette Cameo
Pieces 1 Piece

Tools

  • Sewing Machine – although you can still do this if you know hand-sewing.
  • Cutting machine – Silhouette or Cricut. You can still do it without a cutting machine just print out your work in a simple and easy-to-cut font and use it as your stencil.
  • Pins and measuring tape
  • Household iron – or heat press if you have one.
  • scissors

Supplies
  

  • White linen size should be your pillow size + ½ inch seam allowance (1 cm lengthwise, +10cm (4 Inches) widthwise)
  • 2 Red fabric Strips width same as white linen and length about 2.5 Inches
  • Buffalo Plaid Red/white fabric width same as white linen and length about 2 Inches
  • Press Snaps
  • Buttons
  • A Pillow Insert.
  • Coordinating threads
  • Freezer Paper or a stencil of your choice if you don’t have a cutting machine
  • Black fabric paint
  • Foam brush

Instructions
 

PREP WORK

  • Firstly, wash your fabric to remove any chemical coatings or creases as well as get any shrinking happening before the pillowcase is finished. Then iron it so you can measure and cut the fabric more easily.
  • I like to cut my fabric to the dimensions of my pillow insert + 1 cm seam allowance. This way it fits the pillow form nicely and slightly snugly. If you like it tighter, don’t add the 1cm and just cut to the exact dimensions of my pillow insert.
  • I just adjusted the design size to the maximum my cutting machine could cut (12 inches wide) because of the size of my pillow.
  • Now create your design. I wrote Noel with a pretty but simple serif font to give the farmhouse vibe.
  • You can write whatever you want or just use graphics. Imagination is the limit. Just make sure it fits your available space in the pillow cover.
  • Once your design is ready and you are happy with it, it’s time to cut it.
  • When using Freezer paper it’s important to remember that the waxed side should always be facing up on the cutting mat.
  • For this reason, is critical to also remember to flip (mirror) the design before cutting. To do this, you just need to select the whole design and go to Object > Mirror > Flip Horizontally on the top menu on your silhouette studio app.
  • Lay your freezer paper on your mat wax side facing up covering the whole sticky area of your mat.
  • Load your mat in your cutting machine.
  • Set your app to print paper and adjust your knife accordingly. BUT I set the blade to 1 since freezer paper is really light.
  • Send to cut.

USING AND APPLYING FREEZER PAPER

  • Once cut is done, carefully remove from the mat the inner parts of the design, leaving only the inner parts that actually belong to your design. Like in this case, would be the inner part of the letter “O”.
  • Take one piece of your fabric, iron it well, and mark the center. Also, mark the center of your stencil.
  • Place carefully your freezer paper stencil waxy side facing down onto the fabric as centered as you can following your center marks.
  • Use an iron without steam at a medium-high temperature to evenly heat the stencil for about 10-15 seconds. When the fabric gets heated, the waxy side will stick to it.
  • Then add those little inner shapes (like the inner “O” in my case) to the correct places and iron them down.

PAINTING YOUR FARMHOUSE CHRISTMAS PILLOW

  • I protected a small cutting mat with plastic and taped the fabric to it. You can use cardboard too but always protect it with plastic. You don’t want the cardboard to stick to your pretty pillow cover.
  • Place your stenciled piece of fabric on top of your mat or base.
  • Secure the fabric either on the back on around it with adhesive tape.
  • Start adding some paint on a paper plate or piece of paper.
  • With your foam brush spread the paint all over your design making sure you don’t paint making strokes toward the edges. I recommend painting doing gentle taps to avoid the paint bleeding through the stencil edges.
  • Let it dry for a few minutes and peel off the stencil gently and all the inner parts.
  • Doing this very carefully and gently, will help prevent the paint from smearing.
  • Let it dry completely now. Usually, it takes about 30 minutes to an hour but still, make sure you read the paint directions just in case.
  • To protect the design, apply a fabric sealer after you finish painting and the paint dries. This layer of protection will stop the paint on your pillowcase from fading or coming off and make sure it lasts for a long time.
  • While it all dries well, let’s work on the pillow decoration.

GRAIN SACK PILLOWCASE DECORATION

  • I wanted to create 2 stripes, one on each end of the pillow cover to give that farmhouse look.
  • Take your fabric strips and let’s fringe it! Fun huh!
  • Before you start fringing the edge, it’s important to square off the raw edges so the fringe is straight, and even
  • With buffalo check it’s easier, just trim fabric along the square lines. You could trim it later, but it’s much easier to begin with good edges.
  • Carefully start pulling threads out from one side to the other until desired fringe length. Repeat for both sides.
  • I used a seam ripper to help pull threads from the fabric and then pull the rest by hand.
  • Repeat the process on all 4 strips.
  • Place buffalo check fabric on top of the red fabric strip and then place them on both sides of your painted word main fabric as shown in the photo below.
  • When you are happy with the placement pin in place and stitch each stripe on both long sides of each strip as close as possible to the fringed edges.

ASSEMBLING THE CHRISTMAS GRAIN SACK PILLOWCASE

  • Now, create a double-fold hem on each short side end of your pillowcase pieces.
  • Fold up the bottom of your fabric by 1 Inch, and press it into place.
  • Fold up again by 1 Inch and press again.
  • Repeat with the other 3 ends.
  • By now, you should have something like the following photo.
  • With right sides together and edges aligned, stitch along both long sides.
  • Then zig zag stitch between the seam and edges to avoid fraying with washes.
  • Turn your pillowcase inside out and press.
  • I made one fake buttoned side and a real one where you insert the pillow.
  • On the fake side, just stitch your buttons in place joining both sides of the pillowcase.
  • On the other side, I didn’t want to make buttonholes so I used press snaps for the inside and normal 4-hole buttons.
  • For this project, I used different buttons all red-colored.
  • So here’s the deal. Press snaps have 4 holes, and so do the buttons I chose. So what I did was match the holes from snaps on the inside to the normal button on the outside.
  • Define where your buttons will go, start with the snap inside, and then stitch through to the outside.
  • Sewing the buttons to the Farmhouse Christmas Pillow
  • Insert the needle through the red button and then stitch back inside making sure the needle goes through another snap hole and so on and so forth.
  • Repeat this a few times and then finish it with a knot on the inside.
  • Stitch the back of the snap in the inner side of the back of the pillowcase piece making sure the stitches stay within the hem and not go through the other side of the pillowcase.
  • Repeat with the other buttons.

STUFF YOUR PILLOW

  • Now get your pillow insert in there and enjoy your super cute Noel Pillowcase Farmhouse Grain Sack Style!

Notes

THREAD PULLING TIPS
If you find it tricky to get the thread pulled, use a seam ripper to reach the thread and then a tweezer may help get it out. Pull gently to avoid breaking the threads. If a thread does break, use a needle or the seam ripper to work the end out and begin pulling again. Ironing the fabric after you’re finished keeps the threads aligned and easier to work with. If your painted fabric is dry, it’s time to assemble the sack Pillow cover.
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