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feed sacks of the great depression... [Nov. 7th, 2010|11:29 am]
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During the Great Depression, the cloth from feed sacks was used for clothing, towels, quilts, etc. The manufacturers made use of this fact by printing their bags with inks that could be washed out, or with floral designs that looked better as garments or quilts. they even printed the entire bag with the pattern and used paper labels so there was no wasted fabric. You can find vintage feed sacks online for quilting and decorative use, or reprints for quilting and sewing.

My only regret is that I can't find reproduction feed sacks that are just feed sacks, because making a feedsack pair of shorts that boldly proclaims "hog feed supplement" appeals to me for some reason. And the vintage feed sacks would probably be of the kind meant for the ink to wash out so it could be made use of as plain cloth for shirts.   

[User Picture]From: gryphonrose
2010-11-07 07:05 pm (UTC)
Couldn't you buy a vintage feed sack for the cloth, copy the label, and then screen-print it anew with permanent inks?
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[User Picture]From: ebonypearl
2010-11-07 07:15 pm (UTC)
What I was going to say, except I'd have suggested fabric paints instead of screenprinting because I didn't think of screen printing.
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[User Picture]From: verminiusrex
2010-11-08 12:22 am (UTC)
I could but that would be more work than I'm willing to do for a pair of shorts.
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[User Picture]From: astein142
2010-11-07 11:51 pm (UTC)
One word, dude: Sharpie.
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