Hi All,

The idea of decorative bags goes back a long time and has some humble beginnings.

Barbara Brackman, in her book “Making History: Quilts and Fabric from 1890-1970” (First published July 1st 2008 by C&T Publishing), states that feed sacks – which contained flour, sugar, grain among other things - were initially made of plain white cotton in the late 1800s.  They were usually printed only with the product’s brand name.  However, by the 1930’s, paper packaging was starting to compete with fabric bags.  In response manufacturers began printing colourful designs on the bags and promoting their use in sewing – a marketing strategy that worked exceptionally well during the Great Depression and beyond. One could say even to today.

Over the years, feed sacks were used to make everything from clothing and toys to bedding and curtains.  Some bags even came with pre-printed sewing or quilting patterns.  Using feed sacks in sewing remained popular through the Great Depression and World War 11.

Today, some wildly popular modern fabric lines owe much of their success to those printed feed sacks that especially farmers’ and graziers’ wives, used in quilts so long ago. Ain’t this true Grandma!!

Believe it or not from all the team at Ripley Sewing Learning Centre.