Embroidered Flour & Feed Sack Wall Art

Cathe-Holden-Country-Living-Feed-Sacks-09One of my favorite projects is featured in the March 2014 issue of Country Living magazine- embroidered flour and feed sack wall art.Cathe-Holden-Country-Living-Feed-Sacks Though I’ve been collecting sacks for a few years, my collection isn’t that big since I’m pretty thrifty about spending too much on any one. But when I happen upon a sack with a fantastic graphic or cool typography or wording, it’s hard not to snatch it up. I’ve used cotton feed and flour sacks for things like dog bed pillow covers and couch & chair accent pillows. More recently, I took to adding a bit of dimension to some by following the edges and outlines of various sections of the printed designs with embroidery floss and needle using a few simple stitches.Cathe-Holden-Country-Living-Feed-Sacks-08sq I love the results. And instead of turning these embroidered sacks into pillows, I wrapped each around a store-bought artist canvas and turned them into wall art. Be sure to check out the step-by instructions in Country Living to learn about my favorite new craft supply (that you won’t find in a craft store!) for wrapping and securing fabric around canvases with ease. You’ll find the project on page 36 in the March issue’s Idea Notebook.

Here are some close-ups of my feed & flour sack projects.Cathe-Holden-Country-Living-Feed-Sacks-04 Cathe-Holden-Country-Living-Feed-Sacks-07Cathe-Holden-Country-Living-Feed-Sacks-02 Cathe-Holden-Country-Living-Feed-Sacks-05Cathe-Holden-Country-Living-Feed-Sacks-03 Cathe-Holden-Country-Living-Feed-Sacks-06BONUS CRAFT! My sweet friend Heather Mann of Dollar Store Crafts created this brilliant and adorable matchbox project that is on the very next page! You can download free graphics at CountryLiving.com to print and create your own little library of office supplies!Cathe-Holden-Country-Living-Feed-Sacks-HM

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14 Responses to Embroidered Flour & Feed Sack Wall Art

  1. #1 - Becky Garrison says:

    Oh how I love that idea! I have a ‘Larro’ Feeds sack that I found on eBay because it reminded me of my Daddy, whose name was Larry. Also, when Daddy was a young boy and into his 20’s or so, his Dad owned a feed business that sold Larro feeds. I think I may have to dig that sack out of my fabric stack and do some embroidering on it! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. #2 - pamela says:

    Lovely article Cathe.. really love the old feed sacks… so sweet!

  3. #3 - Erica H says:

    Thank so much for the idea!!! Just last week I pulled out an old feed sack that I bought years ago and found a perfect spot for it in our new kitchen. I had planned to just tack it to the wall with furniture tacks, but now I’ll be buying a canvas to stretch it on.

  4. #4 - Susan says:

    Cathe that is a fabulous idea! I have an old sack that doesn’t have much color… your embroidery idea would give it a whole new look! Thanks so much!
    Susan Homeroad

  5. #5 - George Finecott says:

    Cathe, This is fantastic creativity. I really appreciate you for this great idea.

  6. #6 - Laura Youlios says:

    I really love the feed sack embroidery!

    I don’t know how much they usually cost, but one of my favorite web sites is rickrack.com (Sharon’s Antiques) and they have pages and pages of sacks, plus fabric going back to the 1930’s.

    Here is a link:


  7. #7 - karen says:

    I love this idea!
    I should be getting my Country Living soon in the mail!
    Thanks for the inspiration! karen….

  8. #8 - Julie Rose says:

    I saw this in Country Living and just love how you added the embroidered accents. Beautifully done!

  9. #9 - Jenny Olofsson says:

    Oh WOW! That’s soo beautiful! I would love to do that 😀 Don’t know if I will be able to find sacks with a beautiful print though, but if I do I’m defiantly doing that 😀

  10. #10 - Sylvia Jacobus says:

    I love the graphics on these flour sacks. I just got one that I’m going to make into an apron. It’s perfect. The others, embroidery is a fabulous thing to do and make them wall art. Thanks you for the inspiration.

  11. #11 - pazooter says:

    We have a flour sack from the 1940’s which has been stored so that it’s dyed art is still vibrant. (I can send a photo if you wish) Have you found a best method to seal in the colors so that they do not fade away?

    Thanks, Bruce

  12. #12 - Sue says:

    We don’t get lovely flour sacks like those here any more. You have to really hunt for them, but, most people know their love and value so they keep them or buy them up faster than the speed of light. I really like what you have done to them 🙂 I love vintage things.

  13. #13 - Debra Summers says:

    I love this idea. I love feed sacks and signs. I remember in the 70s my Mama made me a shirt from feed sack material. It was so soft. I wish I could find some printed feed sack material in the store now like that.

  14. #14 - Lena Stiward says:


    I am looking for western or farm or country themed cotton feed sacks. Reproduction preferred. I am making feed sack jackets after about a 20 year break and I lost my source for this. Do you know where I can get 100% cotton feed sacks with about a 12″ x 18″ design?

    Thanks, Lena Stiward