Flower Sack Dresses From the Flour Mills (Historical Kindness)

How precious. I would LOVE to make a feedsack frock.

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In times gone by, amidst widespread poverty, the Flour Mills realized that some women were using sacks to make clothes for their children. In response, the Flour Mills started using flowered fabric…

With the introduction of this new cloth into the home, thrifty women everywhere began to reuse the cloth for a variety of home uses – dish towels, diapers, and more. The bags began to become very popular for clothing items.

Flower Sack Dresses From the Flour MillsAs the recycling trend looked like it was going to stay, the manufacturers began to print their cloth bags – or feedsacks – in an ever wider variety of patterns and colors.

Some of the patterns they started using are shown below

Flower Sack Dresses From the Flour Mills Flower Sack Dresses From the Flour Mills Flower Sack Dresses From the Flour Mills Over time, the popularity of the feedsack as clothing fabric increased beyond anyone’s wildest expectations, fueled by both ingenuity and scarcity.

By the time WWII dominated the lives of Americans, and cloth for fabric was in…

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2 thoughts on “Flower Sack Dresses From the Flour Mills (Historical Kindness)

  1. printed flour sacks never made it here in ireland., but flour sacks were made into sheets, underwear and night clothes. I am sorry I dont still have the flour sheets from my uncles house, but they were for too small for modern beds, and after a load of house moves, you have to be ruthless. the cotton used was so particular – it had a lovely feel

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