Thursday, October 8, 2009
Vintage Feed Sacks
Not all playing, but also some researching on one of my newest collections - feed sacks and older pattern books. Strange how we can begin to fall in love with so many things; yet this brings back memories! Everything was saved and used, nothing thrown away if they could use in some way. Even the string was pulled (nice chain stitch) from the feed sacks and used in crochet. Now, I should really call them cotton bags, as there were feed sacks with chicken feed, and also various sizes for flour, sugar, salt, meal, and the feed bags. I have found a nice vintage booklet giving some ideas of what to sew and how many sacks of which type you needed.
Want to sew a laundry bag? It took 2 bags that were 30x34. This could be two flour sacks (50 lbs each). A small waist apron took 3 bags, size 36x39. This could be 3 flour bags of 100 lbs each.
Just a few of my samples, but to collect them all would be a lifetime. There were thousands of patterns eventually made. Now, I just have to decide to cut into them.....