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Cotton Flour Sack Clothes
The history of cotton flour sacks is a story of thrift and creative re-use. Up until the 1930s, when paper sacks came into use (boring!), people purchased their flour in sewn cotton sacks. How cool? The stylish shirt below is one that I made by hand from vintage flour sacks I found on eBay.
The flour producers would print flowers and other patterns on the sacks as a loyalty program to encourage customers to buy their brand. Housewives would soak off the paper labels and save the fabric to make clothes (including super soft underwear), curtains, and pillowcases. Some sacks even arrived with doll or toy patterns printed on them so they could be turned into stuffed playthings for the kiddos once the flour was gone. Check out these vintage flour sacks to get a feel for this long gone form of creative marketing.
Want to pick up a few vintage sacks of your own? Or start collecting with an eye towards making your own flour sack duds?
These live eBay auctions will get you started…
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