Thursday, May 21, 2015

Flower on flour to empower the dour




Source of some of the patterns the flour companies used on their sacks.

I heard of people making clothing out of Flour Sacks but did not know that there was instructions on how to wash out the branding.   Their reasoning behind flowered cloth was so people would pick their flour over competitors that did not have flowered cloth.

 A lot of inexpensive "calico" fabric today--intended mostly for quilting--is inspired by the old flour sacks.

Here's a photo of a flour sack Apron

Feed sack  Baby Blankets

Meat use to come wrapped in white muslin. People collected the muslin, boiled it and wedding dresses were also made.



 

13 comments:

  1. I used to watch a lot of quilting shows that talked about using feed sacks-there were some really pretty patterns out there too. The one above is so pretty-that would make a pretty apron or something for the kitchen. I'm sure those are hard to find these days.

    People made use of EVERYTHING back in the day-nothing went to waste. I try to live that way.....I hate to waste usable things. If I can recycle it into something else, by George that's what I'm gonna do.....

    Waste not want not....Linda, I know you do the same. :)

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    1. Yes Carol- I make sure nothing is tossed unless it has to be.

      When I went to the quilt show in White Springs I saw many quilts made from flour sacks.

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  2. Love this. We sell a lot of feed sacks in our antique booths, and they're a real treat to find when on the hunt (getting scarce).

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    1. Rita- where do you find the sacks to sell?

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  3. Mom used to sew the edges of the flour sacks & use them to cover rising bread dough

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    1. Ohhhh yeah they'd be GREAT for that............

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  4. We always used 20lb sacks of flour when was younger. Mom & I were always baking. I still buy mine in large amounts but King Arthur only comes in paper sacks

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    1. BJ's has 10 pound bags of King Arthur. Do you buy more then 10 pounds?

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    2. Smart & Final here has 20lb sacks. I do quite a bit of baking. I'm testing 3 kinds of cookies today. Still looking at recipes.

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    3. 20 pounds! WOW!

      What kind of cookies are you making?

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  5. Oh does this bring back memories . My grandma had this big tin like can she kept in the pantry.on the floor. It was full of flour. She would get her flour in the big sacks. Then she would make clothing with the sacks. Things back then were used and never thrown out.

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    1. I never saw flour in a sack.

      What sort of clothing did your grandma make Dottie? Do you still have any of the clothing she made?

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