Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Feedsacks Recycled

In the late 1800’s manufacturers started printing their feedsacks in colorful prints and patterns.

Part of this was in the hopes that people would buy more of their product in order to get enough fabric to make a dress. The other part was that they saw this as a great marketing tool.

Feedsacks are in a class of their own. They have been repurposed and used for many household linens. Some of the feedsacks like the sugar sacks were much finer and able to be used for handkerchiefs, and baby clothes. While some of the other feedsacks were used for dresses and towels and other items. 


Then of course pattern companies and magazines got in on the action and started supplying patterns for use of the feedsacks.

(This site gives a quick history of the feedsacks)

There are still plenty of these feedsacks available. Some you can purchase the whole feedsack, while others sell sections, fat quarters or squares of the fabric
I have seen whole quilts made out of feedsacks . They are delightful and have a charm all their own.
Here are a couple of online shops;

(even if you don’t want to buy any of these feedsacks, take a look at the different patterns)


There is a huge variety of prints. They came in just about any design, from fruits, to flowers, simple patterns, solids, to playful designs. They also come in a wide variety of colors.





VintageEmbellishment said...

I love the old feedsack fabrics :)

I have a few quilts from the 1930's that were made from feedsacks and they are some of my favorites.

Thanks for all the sites, will check them out when I get home from the Dudes.

goodgosh said...

Oh dear. I thought the only feedsack was the ones they use for horses! LOL

You've enlightened me. :)

Peppercorns said...

These are beautiful jj. I've always been a fan of the feedsacks. They are one of the real American treasures. Thanks for all the pictures and links.

- said...

I recall seeing a photo of my eldest brother when he was a a baby. My Mom had made him a little summer romper...can't recall the name of them, anyway, out of a sugar bag and she had embroidered on the front panel and it was adorable.