I have a few old feedsacks that I've purchased here and there and I've been trying to decide how to use them.
I started out thinking I was going to make a tote out of this one but midway through the project I switched gears and decided to turn the feedsack into a container (I'm not really quite sure what to call it so I'm going with container).
The feedsack was too long for what I needed so I cut the piece right above the outline of the U.S.
For today's project I only needed the Kansas Hardy Alfalfa part of the sack.
I got out my sewing machine and stitched the bottom part of the sack where I made my cut. I now had a much smaller sack for my container.
I wanted the sack to have a hard, stiff finish so I could use it as a decorative container for any number of different items.
The product I used to do this is appropriately named....
I used this fabric stiffener years (and years) ago when I was making stiffy bows for baskets. It worked great on fabric for bows so I thought it might just work for the feedsack too.
I put my feedsack in a glass bowl and poured the Stiffy product all over the sack. It's a bit messy but the best way to insure the entire feedsack gets covered is to put your hands in the bowl and work the product through the fabric until the feedsack is saturated.
Now here's the challenging part......shaping the wet feedsack. When this product dries on the fabric, the fabric is held in whatever position it was shaped in. Since I wanted this to be a container I first put a paint can inside the wet bag and then proceeded to hold up the bag with whatever means I could come up with to help keep it's shape.
Here's a picture during the drying phase.
I let the sack dry all afternoon. When the sack had dried enough to hold it's shape I took the clothespins off, took the can out and flipped it over to let the bottom dry (This is a good picture to give you an idea of how stiff the feedsack is after drying. There is nothing under the sack holding it up at this point).
And here's the finished container.
I know it just looks like a scrunched feedsack but it now has a hard finish and will always retain that shape. I like the scrunched, folded look of the finished container and think it works well with the casual look of the feedsack.
I played around with what to put in the container.
Here it is holding a potted plant.
And here it is being used as a magazine holder.
I'm linking with some great Friday parties:
Debra @ Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Linda @ A La Carte for Junkin Finds Friday
Jami @ Freckled Laundry for Air Your Laundry Friday.
Have a wonderful weekend.