Lot of nine old sugar and salt sacks - these have beautiful old soft cotton fabric with faded print graphics, very vintage farmhouse styl Lot of antique linen fabric remnants, a little spotted but nice stuff for samplers, embroidery or other 'vintage' needlework. Vintage cotton sack from Jung's Quality Seeds, here in Wisconsin.
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The feedsack story starts in the early 's, when goods such as food staples, grain, seed, and animal feed were packed for transportation and storage in tins, boxes, and wooden barrels. This was not an ideal method of storage as tin would rust and the hand made boxes and barrels leaked and were damaged easily. They were bulky, heavy and difficult to transport.
When the Great Depression hit America, millions of people were forced to rely on their wits to survive. With everything except misery in short supply, making do was the only option. Clothes were a classic example.
The recipes had been removed from inside the envelope, but it was really the sack I was interested in anyway. I love the graphic on the front, so I scanned it and digitally removed the stain that was on the bag, so you can use it as a printable image. I really like it.
Church, home economist, Cotton bag sewing was both a frugal move and a patriotic one. The housewife who converts cotton bags into the many useful items they are capable of becoming under the magic of willing hands and minds not only serves herself, but conserves essential fabrics for her country.
HIstory of the 's Feedsacks Feed sacks bring to mind poverty of the Great Depression but at the same time there is a romance to the idea that women could make something beautiful from something so mundane. In truth feed sacks were used for sewing well before the depressions and for several years after. The evolution of the feed sack is a story of ingenuity and clever marketing.
Soon, mothers from rural areas were cutting empty flour, potato, and livestock feed sacks into patterns. They then sewed them into dresses and pants for their needy sons and daughters. Byat least one company, Gingham Girl flour, packaged its goods in dress-quality fabric and used its sacks as a selling point. By the Depression years, printed sacks were widely reused, and the practice continued through fabric-starved years of World War II and into the early s.
In truth feedsacks were used for sewing well before the depression and for several years after. The evolution of the feed sack is a story of ingenuity and clever marketing. Initially farm and food products were shipped in barrels.