Upcycle a vegetable sack and turn it into something special using these simple stencilling technique

Stecilling on vegetable sack

Woman’s Weekly craft and home editor Esme Clemo shares her tips on upcycling a vegetable sack to turn it into something special using these simple stencilling techniques.

This is an easy-peasy make that’s great for anyone who has been following our Waste Not Want Not campaign. Something that can be completed in a short space of time, it’s the perfect project to get stuck into on a quiet afternoon.

Time to make: 1-2 hours

You will need:

✤ Hessian sack (try amazon.co.uk for similar)
✤ Stitch unpicker
✤ Steam iron
✤ Matching sewing thread, or iron-on hemming tape (optional)
✤ Oak Leaves Stencil (£14.99, Annie Sloan, anniesloan.com)
✤ Masking tape
✤ Stencil brush
✤ Chalk Paint in Old White (£6.45 for 100ml, Annie Sloan, website as above)

1. Wash the sack on a warm and delicate cycle, to remove the strong hessian smell, and allow to dry.

2. Use a stitch unpicker to undo the side and bottom seams on the hessian sack. Press the fabric flat with a hot iron on a steam setting.

3. Create a fringe along both short edges by pulling out threads running across the fabric until the fringe measures 5cm.

4. Turn and press the two long edges under by 2cm. Pin and stitch in place or use iron-on hemming tape to create a hem.

5. Iron again to get out any wrinkles before adding the stencil decoration. Secure the leaf stencil in place with a piece of masking tape and use a stencil brush to dab small amounts of chalk paint on to the surface. Make sure not to flood your brush with paint, otherwise it will run over the stencil shape (stencil on top of some old newspaper to save your surfaces).

6. Untape the stencil, reposition and repeat, stencilling leaves in two rows.

7. Use masking tape to mark a stripe border along the long sides. Paint the border with the stencil brush, allow to dry and then remove the tape.