Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Stash #97 ~ Vintage Feedsacks

FEED SACKS:  cloth sacks in which animal feed, flour and other staples were packaged. 


Feed sacks were widely used throughout history and in particular during the 1920 - 1950's feed sacks were produced in a wide range of colorful and striking designs.  Once the feed was gone the cotton bags were recycled and used for many a sewing project including of course quilts.


The feed sack fabric is 100%  cotton and the weave is a little coarser and looser than standard quilting cotton.  This will make the fabric a little more difficult to work with but not to the extend that it will deter me  from trying out some small scale patchwork piecing.  I've got plans ... nothing to show yet.


Feed sack fabrics purchased here :  Etsy

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful write-up Rita! I love sewing with vintage feedsacks! I only have a few in my collection, but I sure treasure them! Yours are gorgeous! :)

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  2. A very pretty selection!!

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  3. Very nice looking fabric. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  4. Just gorgeous! I love feedsacks... it still amazes me that such mundane things came in such pretty packages :) Can't wait to see what becomes of yours!

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  5. It's your 'fault'...I went to the shop you linked...I had a sad day...and I spent the hundred "theoretical" dollars I would have spent last week on a fabric.com order that got canceled (not too happy with them). And now I have a ton of coveted fabrics on the way...so THANK YOU!! :D

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  6. Interesting. Thanks for the info. Your collection is beautiful. I'll have to check out the Etsy shop.

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  7. Neat... I barely recall knowing about flour sacks, then about two weeks ago, I raided my in-laws fabric stash and came home with a stack of flour sacks (along with alot of other fabric!). However, the ones I discovered are not as vibrantly colored as yours...but they fit my style! (you can see them here, if you like:
    http://homedesignsbyamanda.blogspot.com/2011/05/seems-like-its-been-while.html)
    I'm planning to hand quilt the ones I now treasure...can't wait to see what you do with yours!

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  8. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for these great fabrics!

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  9. My mom, born in 1925, said most of her dresses were made from feed sacks in her toddler years. Great prints here.

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  10. Interesting...never knew that :)

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  11. sew lovely! both mine and my hubs parents were feed sack clothing kids. how beautiful were those back in the day?! my mom loved when she got to go get feed at the store, cuz she got to pick out the bags. I have inherited a few from her which i treasure. i'm afraid to cut them up :) can't w8 to see what you make!!

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  12. I have a couple of feedsack quilts, but these prints are the best I've seen!

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