Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tattered Grain Sack Hearts

While I've been laying low at home with a nasty cold,
(which my darling hubster passed on to me)
I scraped up enough courage (and strength) to haul out my little sewing machine again.

With knocking knees
and whispered prayers on my lips,
I sat down to create some tattered heart sachets using some grain sack material.

I was motivated by all of the hearts I had been seeing of late in blogland. 

Now...I must tell you that this particular grain sack was not of the best material.
Not like the ones I usually purchase from my favorite Etsy source.
I picked this one up at the antique market last summer for cheap,
which is why I had no qualms about cutting it up.
It was clean and very linen-like, however -
perfect for this project.

I remembered that I also had some leftover drop cloth scraps in the basement 
along with a flour sack towel,
so I used those, too.

I found a heart online, traced in on a manila file folder,
and cut it out.

After tracing it onto the grain sack and cutting it out,
I sewed a button or tag here;
a piece of lace or embroidery thread there;
and added vintage seam binding or grain sack twine to hang them from.

No, the machine was not consistent with nice, untangled sewing lines,
and I found myself almost flinging the thing across the room at one point
because of the clumped snags it was making.

But I controlled myself,
re-threaded the bobbin and the needle,
(more than once)
(revisited my self-inflicted sewing assignment)
and attempted it again.

The results were worth my almost patient, prayer-filled effort.

I created a mixed media heart with grain sack material
and some vintage toile,
and I outlined one with red embroidery thread.

I made one using that flour sack towel,
but found that fabric was a little more tricky to maneuver 
with my temperamental machine.

I left the edges rough and tattered.

It made them look well-loved.

 And yes....
the sewing machine survived to see another day...

for now.

Hope that you were blessed with a Valentine's Day 
full of love!

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  1. Such a SWEET idea! Sorry your machine gave you such fits, but well worth it I'd say! They would look great in my country home!

  2. Hi Laurie!
    Lovely pics of your hearts:)
    Hope you feel better now...

    It's time for me to go te bed:)
    Good Night ♥

    Love Malin

  3. They turned out lovely, Laurie! I'm glad you stuck with it! I had that same thing happen to me with my sewing machine. It seemed to be a linen fabric that I was using that set off my machine's temper tantrum with the bobbin thread clumping up. It's an old machine anyway, and I'm looking to get a new one. I did want to keep the old one on standby though.

  4. Like your from

  5. I love the linen hearts so cute they are. Good work *smile*.


  6. These came out wonderfully, Laurie, despite any challenges with the sewing machine. :)
    I love their texture and unique details, and how they look grouped in that perfect white bowl.
    Well done!
    - Susan

  7. Just lovely! I have to ask you where did you find those lovely dried rosebuds??? I have a project thats been on the back burner for years and i cannot find dried rosebuds anywhere. My fav craft stores do not carry dried flowers....go figure.... Hugs! deb

  8. I think they are wonderful, Laurie. I bet they smell wonderful filled with lavender.

    Hope you feel all better soon, my friend.

  9. They look wonderful and I'm sure they smell great too.

  10. Laurie, they turned out beautifully. Nice mix of designs. Hope you feel better soon.

  11. Beautiful hearts! That reminds me I need to make myself some lavender sachets. I love that scent. I had a temperamental sewing machine like that. It had been my Grandmas. It was top of the line when it was purchased new in 1965! My current machine is bottom-of-the line and only about 6 years old and it works way better ;-) Good luck figuring yours out!

  12. Hope you are feeling better soon.My husband was sick with a terrible cold last week.Thank goodness he did not pass it on to my or my daughter.What lovely hearts.

  13. How do you manage to make the simplest crafts look so chic and elegant? They're beautiful Laurie! xo wendy

  14. So sorry you feel terrible, it is going around at our place too. I love the fabric, I think the tattered look is just adorable and certainly vintage looking. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos:)

  15. Hope you feel better soon!! My son has been sick since friday. Love the hearts!! Wish I could sew:)

  16. They look great...maybe I will pull out one of my vintage machines and get sewing again.

  17. so sweet! i have lots of dropcloth material leftover from my couch re-do. i must try these. i hope you'll feel better soon!

  18. I love these Laurie, hope you're feeling better soon!!

  19. Your hearts are so pretty, Laurie! Dainty, feminine and sweet all come to mind. Your new header is beautiful too ~ I really love it and it suits you and your blog perfectly!!

  20. Laurie these are the prettiest little hearts!!! I love the texture of that grain sack and it makes the perfect fabric for these darling hearts. Your photos are just beautiful of them too.

  21. Lovely! I've been heart crazy forever.
    Love your home and blog. I am a happy new
    Pamela from French Buttons :)

  22. gorgeous, laurie!

    what a fantastic way to upcycle the grainsacks. i could never tire of this shape!


  23. Your hearts are so sweet and charming! Good for you for persevering. Love the time worn look they have with the fringed edges.
    Mary Alice

  24. Your hearts came out so pretty! You seem like a seamstress to me!
    I love the new photos on your blog header. The peonies really caught my eye. I had to add some of my flower photos from last summer to my side bar last week because we have had so much snow recently! I'm starting to dream of spring! Keep up the sewing, I think you are doing great!


  25. I LOVE how your hearts turned out. SWEET!
    The one with the blue button and string and the ones with red, caught my eye.
    Thanks for sharing. Hope you feel better soon!

  26. Hope your cold gets better- still dealing with mine here, too. Tis the season for snot rags.
    Love your little hearts, and I think you should treat yourself to a new machine when you are feeling better. You don't need any broken windows in this weather.
    Thank you for your comments and your prayers- you are a jewel.

  27. Hi Laurie,
    I just love the hearts, and your new header is divine :)
    lots of heart love to you.

  28. Those tattered hearts are precious! Feel better soon!

  29. Your hearts are so sweet. I understand so well about the machine. I always look longingly at new spiffy machines with lots of bells and whistles.

  30. I am not a big "heart" girl but I love yours! I know exactly how you feel about cutting up a sack. I recently did so to make slipcovers and it is an uneasy feeling to say the least.
    xoxo get better

  31. Laurie,
    These are so sweet the fabric.


  32. I love them Laurie! They are super sweet.

  33. hello Laurie,
    How wonderful! I can say when I am not feeling well my concentration is not that great - you did a lovely job! These are quite charming. Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  34. First of all Laurie I hope you are feeling better (your hubster too)!
    Second...the hearts are sweet and I hope your Valentine's Day was sweet too!
    Last but not least I LOVE YOUR NEW HEADER!!

  35. June, I love the homemake look of the hearts. I know they must smell very good. Good idea. Smiles, Susie(She Junks)

  36. Gee Zoo...Sorry I called you June...I meant Laurie. xo, Susie

  37. What is it with these hubby's passing on their germs to us?? Mine did the same thing and I was sick! Not fun, but I survived.

    LOVE your sewing machine story! I have wanted to fling my things across the room many times and truth be told I probably have done that in the past. :)
    LOVELY worth the effort.

  38. cuteness! there's something about hearts...peaceful...

  39. I hope you are feeling better. You're creativeness never missed a beat even though you had a cold! ;-) Stay warm and spring is near! I think!!

  40. Love all your hearts, how cute... Makes me want to make one.
    Thanks for the inspiration.


  41. These grain sack hearts are absolutely lovely! I am hosting my first link party today, and would love for you to add this along with anything else you like!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  42. Laurie,
    These Valentine hearts are darling!

  43. Your hearts are beautiful, Laurie!
    I hope you feel better soon!!!


  44. First let me say I love your new header. Looks like spring. You make me laugh with your stories of sewing. It can be frustrating but in the end it's so satisfying with a job well done.
    Great hearts and I like the raw edges too.


  45. Those hearts turned out so pretty, Laurie. There's been plenty of times I've wanted to fling my sewing machine across the room too, so I feel your pain. I noticed you have a new's so pretty! Hope you get well soon!


  46. Your hearts are very sweet. I really like all the different fabrics you chose. Very charming.
    I hope you are feeling better. I've been down with a nasty cold seemed endless.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  47. So beautiful hearts ...
    Hugs Karina

  48. wow these are just awesome .... I bet they feel and smell fabulous ... a wonderful job .. hugz x

  49. Lovely blog Laurie! These hearts a simply precious. Thank you so much for visiting "it's robin with an i"

    ~ robin

  50. So sweet, I bet they smell wonderful. I hope you are feeling better soon. Big Hugs!

  51. Laurie, you always make me laugh with your sewing adventures. The hearts turned out lovely, and I bet, smelled equally good!
    I never mind cutting up something in disrepair, after all, most people would toss it. So why not create something that gives pleasure and use.
    Hope you are on the mend...boy, what hubbies bring home sometimes!
    Hugs, Evi

  52. Laurie, just now discovering your lovely blog. These little hearts are charming. I like the different details and the textures each one offers. Absolutely lovely! I have a bowl full of textile hearts that have gathered here through the years. Most are made from scrap quilts, but perhaps I need to toss in a grain sack heart. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing ~ Sarah

  53. So pretty, now you've got me wanting to run into my sewing room to make a few. They turned out lovely, Laurie! Sometimes our sewing machines can give us problems, but help us create such pretty things. Sounds like your thread tension is off of mis-threaded, or you bobbin wound incorrectly. At least that's usually the cause of mine. They certainly turned out so very pretty. How have you been holding up my dear friend? So happy to see you again. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday' Best.

  54. So lovely and sweet:-)) I hope you feeling better soon, hugs Biljana

  55. These are so sweet! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at WIW. Can't wait to see what you share next time!

  56. Lovely, Laurie! Thanks for sharing your terrific project at Potpourri Friday!

  57. Lovely hearts! It sounds like your sewing machine may be the problem. Are the threads tangling up at the beginning where you start to sew? If so, try holding onto the thread ends for the first few stitches. Mine will often ball up the threads, if I don't do this. If that doesn't help, maybe it needs a tune up. Hope that helps. Have a lovely day!

  58. I like the little details you've added to the hearts. Gosh, this is such a reminder that I must get on with finally making some of these of my own to thin out a bit of my harvest of last year's lavender. The next season is coming up and I still have jars and jars full of lavender from the prior season. So, all this to say, thank you for sharing it at our 'Time for a Party' link-up.

    Tomorrow we'll open a NEW party at and we'd love to see you there then again with a beautiful project like this.

    Till then! Keep up that great creativity!!!

  59. These look gorgeous...I knew it wouldn't be long before you were sewing again...!! the other thing about this kind of project is the delicious and soothing smell of lavender....makes it a treat to work with....have a lovely week...Gail x

  60. These are so adorable!!!!! I love the texture and simplicity to these.

    Thanks for linking up to the Take it on Tuesday blog hop! I'm pinning this for sure.

  61. The hearts came out just beautiful. I am sure they smell just wonderful..
    Thanks for sharing.

  62. Even when you're feeling under the weather you manage to inspire us! I can imagine how wonderful they smell with the lavender and the tiny rose buds tucked inside. I enjoyed seeing how you embellished them and left the rough edges on a few. Oh, and your header is just a breath of spring air...ahhhh! xoxo ~Lili

  63. Thank you so much for linking up to my first link party last Friday! Party #2 is live, and I would love for you to come link up something new!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  64. Lavender + hearts = love. These turned out so pretty, Laurie!

  65. I love these! Where do you get your lavender Laurie? {HUGS}


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