Friday, August 3, 2012

Vintage fabric cushions

Some of my vintage french flour sacks and vintage fabrics, I have made into lovely cushions.  The vintage flour sack material has been well-used and worked for so much of its life it is a perfect light duty upholstery fabric - strong but quite soft.

I have turned the red triple stripe ticking into a 30 x 50cm [2 in stock] and the vintage red stripe flour bag material into a 40 x 40cm [2 in stock].

What do you think?

also pictured Armadillo&Co Entrance Mat size large 50cmx140cm

I also had a vintage linen table cloth that I have made into some linen 40 x 40cm cushions.

Some are plain beige vintage linen [7 in stock] and some are beige with a square of contrasting texture of flour sack material [2 in stock].  All the inners are made from eco-friendly 'Innergreen'TM recycled fill.

The grain sack linens are likely to date from between 50 and 150 years old, some have even been woven by hand.  They usually bear initials on the sack, and have differing stripes - so that once the grains were milled and put into the sacks, the filled bags were distinguishable and returned to the right family farm.  Later bags are machine made and stamped with mills and regions.

Usually hand stitched at the sides, they can be opened up easily to become a tablecloth, cushions, curtains, upholstery or many other ideas! 

I have more of this fabric arriving on a shipment [cross those fingers - any day now!]. Once it arrives I will post these fabrics on the blog so if you have a specific combination in mind I can make them to order.

I am also keen to recover one of my vintage chairs in this, as per my previous post (here) of the stunning beach cottage on the Cornwall coast of England.

via Living Etc
I also have two complete red striped grains sacks in stock - if you have your own project you are planning for these!  Cushions and Armadillo&Co rugs are in stock at Woolloongabba today, and also available for order via the web.  Email me for pricing and details.

Have a great weekend,


  1. So glad I found your blog - your photos are beautiful.

  2. Thanks for the lovely support ... glad you enjoy! x

  3. i will be in france in the not to distant future.....i am in australia and have purchased many of the same linens.....should i bring them with me.......what are current prices for them like in france......


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