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Flour and Feed Sacks

We would often trade feedsacks with other neighbors, or when we got feed, we’d try and get enough of the sacks alike … we made our everyday sheets. Mama used to call them our twenty-dollar sheets because feed was about five dollars a bag [it took four feed sacks to make a sheet]. – Esther Schrock, Glen Flora, speaking of the 1930s.

From the 1910s through the early 1940s, women commonly reused cloth bags, called feedsacks, that had once held feed or bulk dry goods like flour or sugar. Phyllis Berg of Hale explained “At one time, flour sacks were printed in patterns … they’d use flour sacks if they didn’t have enough money to buy [fabric] at the local store.” One feedsack would equal about a yard of fabric.

Example of a cloth feedsack with its original label.
Example of a cloth feedsack with its original label.