Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vintage Thingy Thursday: Feedsacks




I am joining Coloradolady this week for Vintage Thingy Thursday. See what other people are sharing - click on the icon above.
Today's entry is 3 feedsacks that I purchased off ebay, from various sellers.


Feedsacks (or feedbags) are definitely before plastic.
At some point in the 1920's, a better grade of fabric was used to make bags - and the manufacturers started printing pretty patterns on them. The product information would be printed right on the bag, or a paper label that could be removed was used.
If in good condition these sacks or bags are collectible. Since new quilt fabric prices are at $10 a yard and increasing, to me anyway these sacks are a reasonable source of fabric, especially if you like the 30's and 40's reproduction fabrics. After all a feedsack contains a yard of fabric, and some with a few rips or stains can be had on ebay for 9 or 10 dollars. Oops, I just let you know my sources. :-)
Viridian

13 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Feedsacks look like so much fun. I've never come across one in my shopping, so I guess ebay is the best source.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

AshTreeCottage said...

Feedsacks are fabulous! The colors and patterns are so much fun. I agree that they are a great alternative to purchasing new fabrics. My the new fabrics are pricey now aren't they?? Happy VTT!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

LV said...

I know all about feed sacks. That was what my mother made our cloths from. Thanks for taking me back a long way in time.

D.E. said...

Oh I just love the graphics on the feed sacks. Blessings, DE

Stacey said...

I love the patterns you have- Very fun!

Tara Beaulieu said...

What a clever way to find vintage fabrics at reasonable prices! The colors are all so pretty, great finds! Happy VTT and thanks for sharing today!

Postcardy said...

I love the old feedsack patterns. I didn't realize fabric had gotten so expensive. I used to browse fabric departments and stores all the time. Now I would have a hard time even finding a fabric store.

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

That is a great post. I like the deco designs. Thank's for stopping by today. Have a good day.Julian

CC said...

I was doing a bit of fabric looking at JoAnn's the other day..and oh my!!!! You're right about the $10.00 a yard and more...I love feedsacks..love everything about them and always have. In my searches, I've not come across any for quite awhile now..and it never occurred to me to try ebay. That's a duh!! on my part..now I have to see what I can find.
I love the ones you selected..love the patterns, and can't wait to see what you do with them.
Happy VTT...

Serendipity Handmade said...

Well those are fab! I don't quilt but I could think of a few things I could do with those sacks.

Happy VTT! http://serendipityhandmade.blogspot.com/search/label/vtt

Anna Matthews said...

Great fabrics. I just got my first sewing machine and I'm still practicing on discarded clothing - I had no idea new fabric was so expensive! This is a great way to get some vintage fabric.

Ulla said...

You have a quilter's dream there!

GardenofDaisies said...

Wonderful!!! My grandmother made school clothes for my mother from feedsacks.

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