We’re sharing how to create a simple patriotic inspired grain sack table runner today!
Truth be told, we don’t have a lot of extra room to store seasonal items which definitely gives me pause when it comes to decorating.
Especially, for holidays like the 4th of July.
This year though, we’re bound and determined to celebrate every drop of summer we possibly can with simple projects that feel festive and fun!
Here’s a look at how you can make your own patriotic grain sack inspired table runner…
Patriotic Grain Sack Table Runner Supplies:
- Canvas drop cloth that has been washed several times (do this step in advance)
- Tarp or large garbage bag to protect surfaces
- 1776 graphic (we printed this one out using our home computer and printer)
- Tape measure
- Graphite pencil
- Ink pen
- 3 rolls of washi tape (thin width)
- 1 roll of painter’s tape (wide width)
- Your choice of craft paint color (we used primary blue, black, and country red)
- Craft paint brushes
Patriotic Grain Sack Table Runner Steps:
Gather your supplies.
The length of your table runner will depend on the length of your table. We’re doing two smaller table runners as opposed to one long table runner.
But you can do whatever works best for you.
Our table runners are approximately 46 inches long and 18.5 inches wide. I used an actual grain sack to help with the sizing.
Using caution and care as scissors will be sharp, cut the washed drop cloth to the desired size.
Remember to leave a bit of an overhang for each end of your patriotic inspired table runner.
Make sure you cut off any drop cloth seams as you don’t want them to show on your finished table runner.
Place a tarp or large garbage bag underneath the cut drop cloth table runner to protect your surfaces from paint.
Creating the Grain Sack Stripes…
Decide how thick or thin you want the grain sack stripes to be.
We used various sizes of washi tape to help keep paint lines neat and tidy.
It might feel like a pain at first to have to tape all the lines off. But it’s actually faster in the long run because you don’t have to keep measuring out each line.
You’ll want to make sure to put the washi tape on the entire length of the table runner.
Mixing and Applying Craft Paint…
Next, mix up your craft paint colors, if needed.
We created a “midnight blue” which is primary blue mixed with black to get a close match to an original grain sack blue.
Carefully pull up the washi tape that is holding the spot you want to color with craft paint.
Then, apply the craft paint with a sponge brush or paintbrush.
Keep in mind, that you’ll want your brush strokes to be thick in some places and thin in other places. After all, most fabric does not wear in the same spot at the same rate.
Adding a Graphic to Your Patriotic Inspired Grain Sack Table Runner…
Using your home computer, print out the number or letter graphic you want to use.
We’re using 1776 to keep it patriotic. But you can use whatever has a special meaning to you.
Again, using caution and care, cut around the graphic to make the transfer process easier.
Shade the back of the graphic with a graphite pencil.
Measure the center of your patriotic grain sack table runner. Our center was approximately 16 inches.
Then use a ballpoint pen, to fill in each letter.
This will transfer your graphic onto your table runner.
Be very careful while completing this step or you’ll risk smudging the graphite onto your table runner.
Fill in the transferred graphic with your choice of craft paint.
Once the paint from the grain sack stripes and the transferred graphic is dry, remove the washi tape from your patriotic table runner.
At this point, your table runner will look new and you’re more than welcome to leave it that way.
Adding “Age” and Vintage Style Patina to Your Patriotic Inspired Grain Sack Table Runner…
But, if you want to give your table runner some “age,” you need to use 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out any paint that might have pooled or that feels scratchy.
Keep in mind, that the painted stripes on your table runner will become even more textured the more you sand it.
They may even pill a bit.
If you want to further “age” your patriotic table runner, you can fray the edges a bit as well.
Once the paint is completely dry and you have the edges frayed the way you want, place your patriotic inspired table runner in the dryer.
Make sure you don’t have any other clothes or linens in there when you do!
The beauty of this grain sack inspired technique is that you can completely customize your table runner with the colors and graphics that match your decorating style or special celebration.
In addition, you might want to consider using this grain sack inspired fabric technique for pillows, napkins, wall hangings, or towels.
I’ve even seen some people use this technique to upholster chairs and it’s really pretty as well.
We’ll be using this patriotic grain sack inspired table runner in our breakfast nook for Independence Day.