I am extremely excited to share this tutorial with you! I have been making vintage grain sacks for years,,,but the French ones are my favorite!
Just like the Grain Sack Tea Towels, we are going to start with a painter's canvas found at Wal-Mart, Lowes or Home Depot. I have chosen a 9' x 12' and cut it in half.
Wash canvas in cold in your washing machine, then tumble dry.
Cut a piece of your canvas 23" wide x 76" long. Or, you can fold the canvas over to double it up, and at the centerfold, cut your fabric 23" x 38". When opened, the canvas will be 23" x 76".
Fold the canvas over in the middle, to where the canvas measures 23" x 38". Go in from the edge of the fabric 1/4" and machine stitch up both long sides, leaving the top opened. The bottom will be the fold, so there is no need to sew that.
Go down from the top raw edge of the canvas 1/4" and fold edge down. Press folded edge with steam iron completely around.
Top stitch around, close to the raw edge of the fabric around leaving enough space inside the fold i.e,"tunnel" to run a large safety pin through with a piece of jute twine hooked to it for the drawstring.
Flip fabric Right Side Out.
Inside the the top of the canvas sack, where you just topstitched around the top with your machine, you can make (1) 1/2" small slit for your drawstring.
Press canvas completely with iron removing any wrinkles before painting lines.