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.