Holy Feedsacks, Batman!

Flashback Summer:  1930s and 1940s Feedsack Print Fabric

So I just found out that my new phone has a nicer camera than my old one, and I wanted to try it along with a mobile blogging app today, just to see if it could be a new possibility for me.


Thus, I thought I'd share my new feedsack materials I found with you guys!  I found these lovelies in a flea market for ten bucks each!  Better yet, I think if I'm very careful I could squeeze a blouse out of each one... I'm looking for simple button-down blouse patterns from the 30s or 40s to try with these materials, so if you know of any good ones, please let me know!


Flashback Summer:  1930s and 1940s Feedsack Print Fabric


9 comments

  1. Great finds! I have some repro fabric similar to that first print but mine has more blue in it. I have a couple blouse patterns - two 40s and more more 30s - I'll can send you pictures. I'd be happy to make a couple of one of them for you. Those fabrics are too pretty not to use!
    -Emily

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  2. These are grand fabrics. There are so many lovely feed sack patterns out there but I am not sure how to make a blouse out of one. If you do find a one yard pattern, please share. They are so pretty.

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  3. I'm always amazed by how pretty feed sacks were. Great find!

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  4. Do enlighten me, please: why do you call these beautiful patterns feed sacks?

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    1. They're called "feedsacks" because they actually are! Back in the 30s and 40s especially during the Depression and wartime rationing, women couldn't afford a lot of fabric. So, to give themselves an advantage, feed companies would print fantastic designs on the fabric sacks holding the animal feed. Oftentimes families would buy certain feed brands just for these prints! Usually feedsack prints come in about a yard size and in a cotton material (or other natural one), so they were oftentimes used for small clothing items, decorations, and quilt blocks!

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  5. Oh! They are all so cute!!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  6. Awesome finds!!! I love the sweet, cheerful nature of floral print feed sack fabrics like these. They instantly evoke thoughts of the 30s and 40s and are super perfect for spring and summer fashions. I'll certainly let you know if I come across a sewing pattern that fits the bill that you're looking for, dear gal.

    ♥ Jessica

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