DIY French Grain Sack Pillow

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I have all sorts of obsessions and one of them is with vintage french grain sack pillows. I love the worn look of the once ornate lettering and the earthy fabrics. But, if you know anything about authentic grain sacks, they are pricey – even reproduction can set you back $50 or more. As a DIYer and boaster of ‘Look at what I made’, I figured I need to make this myself. After scouring the Internet for stencils – even those can cost a lot – I found this super easy DIY transfer tutorial using a laserjet copy. For this project, I made a neck roll, but you can use this for anything.

What you’ll need to create your own DIY French grain sack pillow:

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  1. Fabric – the tighter the weave, the better your transfer will come out. I used these blue stripe tea towels for $3.99 that I picked up at World Market. You can even use painter’s drop cloth (just wash it first to remove chemicals and smell).
  2. Laserjet copy – if you don’t have a laser printer, you can take it to your local library or office store to make photo copies, just make sure the designs are in reverse (you might have to try different machines as they don’t work on all).
  3. Inner pillow or cotton filling
  4. Paint brush
  5. Clary Sage essential oil (the original DIY called for Citra-solv Natural Cleaner & Degreaser)
  6. Masking or painter’s tape
  7. Iron
  8. Sewing machine or sew by hand
  9. Your design – Graphic’s Fairy has tons to choose from and she even set ups the reverse pdf for you too! This is the one I chose.

How you do it

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  1. Print your design on copy paper – contact paper will be too thick.
  2. Place your design face down and tape the edges to secure in place.
  3. Dip your brush in the Clary Sage oil and brush directly onto the copy until you can read the letters clearly.
  4. Using the end of your brush, begin rubbing the paper to transfer the design to your fabric. I like to go in different directions to make sure it’s all rubbed through. But, if you want a more worn look, you can do it more haphazardly.
  5. Remove paper and love your transfer.
  6. Iron on hot (no steam) to evaporate the oil and set the ink to your fabric.
  7. I removed the hems before sewing the edges together.
  8. Put your filler pillow in the pillowcase and tie the edges with string. I literally used whatever I had lying around and cut really close so you can’t see it.

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That’s it! Are you ready to get your DIY French Grain Sack pillow on? Let us know in the comments.


Co-founder | Scarlett Rocourt
Scarlett creator of Wonder Curl is a Marketing Maven, DIY Diva & Glamour Girl! Her affinity for style, organization & discount designer shopping makes her a true Budget Socialite. Her flare for creativity allowed her to translate that into a career in marketing.


Fashion Find: Floral Dress

T&THey Socialites! Floral dresses are my FAVE when it comes to warmer weather. You couldn’t find a happier print to wear when sauntering the runways of the Fashionista imagination. Ok, maybe I’m a bit dramatic, but you will agree with me when you take a glance at this recent Vintage Fashion Find. This stunning blue floral dress comes in at a whopping $25 (no joke! click here for purchase). And honestly, all I could think of was adding textures and tones to accentuate the ultimate peak of style and flare for this awesome dress.Etsy

I decided to add texture all around by using neutrals in my accessories. Since the dress has a summery feel to it, I thought this ultra chic straw bag from the Gap would be the perfect fit (click here for purchase). Playing off of the bag, I had a BCBG overload when I laid eyes on this cocktail ring (purchase here) and Belt (purchase here), which adds a flow and ease to the outfit, while making a subtle statement. Again, texture can be in your jewelry, as well, like this tassel necklace from BL Boutique (purchase here). And for the “Pièce de résistance”…we offset the subtle and bring in the POW factor of a rich and bold tone. Reds have always, in my book, gone EXCELLENT with blues. That’s why we chose this cutesy Red bow sandal by Paris Hilton (purchase here), because it brings an element of surprise to the table, while delivering a sexiness that will have you feeling like the supermodel you are.

Moral of the story: Florals are a girls best friend, but textures and tones can bring life to your personal style. Happy Findings!


Contributor | Cadian Carter
As a lover of fashion, Blogger Cadian Carter got her first job working at indie fashion publication, V Magazine. Now she is a freelance writer helping women embrace their own personal style, one fashion find at a time.

{Food & Entertaining}

Lime-Basil Sangria

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Spring has officially sprung, and for me this marks the beginning of “Day Drinking Season”. Slamming down a martini mid-day might lead your nearest and dearest to stage an intervention but Sangria… yes, Sangria is perfectly respectable. Sun dress and drinking with your pinky up respectable. And lime-basil sangria is perfectly legit.

Almost a smoothie

Just so you know, sangria is practically a health drink. It’s full of fruit. That’s healthy, right? Wine has antioxidants, which helps your heart. Oxidents damage your cells! That’s right, they mess you up on a cellular level. How scary is that? Protect your cells by drinking sangria*. Bottoms up!

*No scientists were harmed in the making of this statement because none were used. It’s basis is pure conjecture based on the love of sangria and a quick wikipedia search.

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This sangria recipe features basil, because well… I’m growing basil. It adds just that little special something. If you make this for a party, all your friends will be impressed because who puts basil in sangria? They might even erect a shrine in your honor. It’s that good. On to the  lime-basil sangria recipe!

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The goods

  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • a handful of basil leaves
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 package of blackberries
  • 1 pear sliced
  • 1 handful strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup rum
  • ½ of a container of limeade from concentrate (can use lemonade)
  • 1 cup of lemon/lime soda
  • 1 bottle of white wine

How we do it

  1. Make a basil simple syrup – In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar over high heat. Let this boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved, and the mixture starts to get thick. Take it off the heat and add the basil leaves. Let this sit for about 20 minutes to cool.
  2. While it cools, cut up your fruit. In a large pitcher, combine your fruit, limeade, and rum. Add the syrup when it’s cool. Stir and let this sit in your fridge overnight so let the fruit get sweet and chock full of liquor. If you can’t wait, then let it sit for only an hour.. Speed racer!
  3. Now, combine your fruity goodness with your wine and soda. Serve and enjoy!

What’s your favorite warm weather drink?  Are you going to give our lime-basil sangria a try? Let us know in the comments.


Co-founder | Trinidad Pena
Trinidad Pena is a blogger, foodie, and design superhero bent on helping others kick-ass online, world domination and convincing the world that wine belongs in the fruit food group since it’s made from grapes.