1950s Novelty Mexican People Feedsack
Crisp tight percale weave feedsack.
Please note due to nature of feedsacks being a used and utilitarian item, they were washed to remove their paper labels and chain stitching/sewing holes may be present on the pieces. Feedsacks were also made from various weights of fabric - flour ones were more tightly woven than sugar ones etc so weaves vary.
Sold By: Quarter Yard
Size: 18 x 18 in / 45 x 45 cm
Composition: 100% Cotton
Condition: As Found
Origin: United States
Sometime in the 1920s, a manufacturer of plain cloth grain and sugar bags came up with a good idea...Maybe he could sell more sacks if they were decorated to appeal to the farmer's wife. This was the start of the 3 decade era of pretty printed ‘feedsacks’. Sacks began to appear in a wide variety of popular colors and prints reflective of the design trends of the time. During the great depression and the war years there was a shortage of fabric and money so feedsacks and some thrifty ingenuity filled this gap. Feedsacks were used to create clothes, quilts, household items, toys, you name it, were made from feedsack fabric. Feedsacks came in varying weights of fabric depending on what was being carried in it. From a coarse weave to a tight percale weave.
The tell tale signs the fabric is a true feedsack is the chain stitch holes you find around the edges of the fabric. A feedsack is usually 36” wide by about 42” long. This was folded and stitched around the edges to form a bag.
With modern advancements in packaging, feedsacks started to disappear in the 1950s. What we have left today is highly sought after and collectable for vintage quilting and authentic sewing projects.