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Your feedsack and vintage fabric source!

NOW a new page just for novelty and juvenile feedsack prints
Click HERE for our NOVELTIES!

These are colorful printed feed sacks from the 1930’s through 1950’s –
Opened, a single feed sack measures about 37 X 43 inches,
one generous yard of cotton fabric.
These are the feedsacks Grandma made dresses from.

What is a feed sack? Click here for more feedsack information and history.

Don’t see what you want? Ask us!

Email for orders and details:
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Many more patterns are also available;   –   Some are available in quantity.

If these sacks surprised you, and you thought Real feed sacks were plain beige muslin or burlap with advertising.

What is a Feedsack?

The answer to that question is as various as the pictures on this website. Herewith, a brief history of the feed sack:

Farmers have been using cloth bags for grain, seed, and feed ever since cloth was available. In the early days, homespun linen was hand-sewn into bags for the grain that was kept for use in the home, and for next year’s planting. The sacks were considered valuable personal property and were usually stitched or stenciled with names or initials to identify the owner.

After the invention of the sewing machine in the mid 19th century, feed sacks became a commercially viable product and began to be mass-produced by the late 1800s. As the economy shifted from a rural, agrarian economy to a more urban, industrialized one, more and more of these sacks were used to ship and store grain, feed, and flour products. At first, the users would bring back the emptied sack to their feed supplier to be refilled, but it was easier for the miller to prefill the sacks, so the empty sacks found other uses in the home like towels, linens, or clothing.

Sometime in the 1920s, an enterprising manufacturer of cloth bags hit upon an interesting idea – maybe he could sell more sacks if they were decorated to be more desirable for the farmer’s wife. And the era of the printed feed sack began. No longer just beige muslin, with advertising for the feed company, now sacks began to appear in a wide variety of popular colors and prints. And paper labels were applied, like the one pictured above, so that the fabric could be reused without the advertising.

Through the shortages of money during the great depression, and of cloth during the war years, feed sack filled the needs of thousands of women for the fabric to create the things they could not otherwise buy. Recycling at its best, with farmers’ wives fighting over the prettiest patterns. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, and at the end of the 1950s, increasing costs led manufacturers to begin to use heavy paper and other materials for feeds, and the cloth bag fell out of use. The ones found today are almost all remnants of these 3 1/2 decades of production, carefully washed, folded, and stored away for use by thrifty farmwives.

Feedsacks, feedbags, feed sacks, feed bags, grain sacks, grain bags – it doesn’t matter what you call them – and there were similar sacks for sugar, flour and meal and other milled products as well… A standard 100-lb. feed sack averages about 37×43 inches when unstitched and laid flat – there were, of course, variations in size and shape, but the many sacks presented on this site are of that approximate size. Below find a directory to the website:

More old fabrics

Besides quilt blocks, another item we come across from time to time is a bunch of precut pieces for quilts. Sometimes squares, triangles or diamonds, but this time we found a bunch of hexagons.

All great fabrics from the 1880′s and 90′s, the hexagons measure 3 inches across, and right now are being offered on our eBay store. There are 75 different prints, plus a few extras.

We have many more bits of old fabric, and we’ll be making up more assortments soon, including more hexagons and of course our perennial scrap offerings.

Early Quilt Blocks Galore

One of the things we’ve been selling a lot lately has been antique quilt blocks. Here are a few pictures of ones that we’ve recently sold:

The variety of fabrics in these early blocks is fascinating; a collector or student of antique cotton fabrics would have to enjoy seeing many of these, as I have.  Among some of the blocks we’ve sold, the same fabrics have turned up repeatedly – in a few cases I believe the blocks were made by the same seamstress.

But we’re not close to running out.  Here are some of the blocks we currently have for sale on eBay:

And coming in the near future will be more album patch blocks, hexagon star blocks, and early ones with crescent moons and stars:

There are many more still to be unearthed, so stay tuned to our eBay offerings.

And while we’re looking at early fabric, we found some that was never made into blocks – it’s also in our eBay store.

Early fabric lovers, enjoy!

Feedsack Friday – Spin Cycle

We’ve been so busy it’s making us dizzy! So it seemed like a good idea this week to show feedsacks whose patterns suggest a spinning or swirling motion. Among these, some of my favorites are the bold art deco patterns.

But there are many other types, including florals, that incorporate swirls…

And if I wasn’t dizzy enough when I started selecting these, I certainly will be before I finish – even the checks and stripes are moving as I look at them now….. So maybe I’ll have to quit after these few others, and try something different next week!

Vintage Kitchen, Tea or Dish Towels

Sharon’s carries a wide assortment of kitchen towels in mint, or very lightly used condition. Many are pictured here in classic stripe, fruit, floral or novelty prints, in linen, cotton or blends. Perfect for your 1930’s, 1940’s or 1950’s kitchen decor.

Vintage Fabrics

Welcome to our new Vintage Fabric department. We stock a wide variety of antique and vintage fabric. From mid 19th century calicos, Victorian mourning prints and dress fabrics, to 1920’s florals, 1930’s art deco prints, geometrics and plaids, conversation and juvenile prints and a whole lot more.

In addition, you’ll find home decorating fabrics, rayons, and other vintage fabric that you may need for your current project.

All of our items are genuine vintage fabric, from before 1970. We do not offer new fabrics, only vintage.

We have reorganized the 20th century fabric by time period to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for. Choose one of the selections below to browse the fabric category that interests you.

Antique Fabric     “Homespun” Checks
1920’s-1930’s     1930’s     1930’s-1940’s     1940’s
    1940’s-1950’s     more 1940’s-1950’s     1950’s     1950’s – 1960’s
Geometrics – Stripes/Plaids/Dots     Small Scale Calicos    
Fruit Print Fabric     Juvenile Print Fabric     Novelty Print Fabric
Solid Color Fabrics     Christmas Fabrics     Cotton Quarter Yards
The 1920s-1950s Rayons     Lightweight Dress Fabrics
Drapery & Upholstery Fabrics     Ticking

Novelty and Juvenile Feedsacks

Juvenile and novelty sacks are some of the hardest to find and most desirable –

now we’ve given them their own page!

Antique Fabrics

These fabrics date from the last half of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century.
We do have small amounts of a wide selection of 19th-century material; if you’re looking for a particular fabric, let us know!
Cotton Print unless otherwise noted. Limited availability. See our new page of vintage and antique “homespun” checks HERE!

Vintage “Homespun” Checks and Plaids

True homespun was made from home-spun linen or cotton thread on a handloom. Today, many of the characteristic checks and plaids that were once woven by hand, but later by machine, have become known as “homespun”. Here is a selection of 19th and 20th-century factory-made woven checks and plaids from our inventory.
Prices are per yard. Limited availability.

Different Aspects Of The Shopping To Know About

Shoppingis mainly the searching for and buying different products or services. Some of the various aspects of shopping have been discussed in this article.

Facts to be taken into account for shopping

  1. One of the reasons people buy more things is that they mainly don’t appreciate what they already have. At the time of new purchase, one must look for the things they already have and then think about buying new stuff.
  2. The next important aspect is to consider the amount they are ready to pay. But other than money a person is also investing time. The money mainly comes with time. When someone is spending money, they also need to work harder as well as longer to recoup their loss. So, one must consider both money as well as time while making the purchase.
  3. There can be many situations, where somebody really wants anything that they actually don’t need. In this case, they mainly study different options. In that case, the person goes for window shopping or internet browsing. The person mainly studies different options, and reconsider what they already have. The person needs to weigh the costs of their possible purchases.
  4. One must know how to be patient at the time of shopping. They must avoid impulse buying as well as shopping.

Different types of shoppers to know about

There are different types of shoppers. Some of them are:

  1. The impulse shoppers are mainly the master at the time of justifying the purchases which they know they mainly don’t need to make. These impulse buyers mainly make impulse decisions.
  2. The bargain hunters mainly have deals, coupons, online codes, rewards, and card credits. These types of shoppers are mainly interested in the sales section in the stores or mainly the clearance section of the e-commerce websites. This type of shopper is mainly an expert in getting some of the best deals. They mainly have the reputation amongst their friends as well as family to find some of the stuff at a very low price.
  3. The educated shopper mainly does extensive research as well as investigations for the item they’re mainly looking for purchase. These types of researchers will mainly spend long hours online going through guides, reviews, blogs, comments, forums as well as any other form of information source which they can get.
  4. The negotiator will have well-researched information about the list of prices from different possible stores to win over the shop’s staff. They also have excellent bargaining skills.
  5. The brand loyalists will mainly stand with their brand for their lifetime.

Tips for shopping to consider

  1. Sometimes people go to the shop and they end up in buying some of the things they do not need. This may lead to a state of overcrowding in the shop. It is better to make a list of items someone needs before they go shopping. The buyer must look in their cupboards, closet, home, or garage, then they must make the list of the ‘gaps’ they have and the items they need.
  2. It is vital for the shoppers to set a budget before they go shopping. According to some research the people mainly pay when they mainly do the shopping by using credit or debit cards. People mainly use this type of payment as if this is not the real money. So as soon as the shoppers prepare their list and setting of a realistic budget, one can withdraw the funds in the form of cash and use the same cash for the shopping trips.
  3. Time is equally important as money. So, some of the shoppers mainly spend a large amount of time while doing the shopping. One must fix a particular time for shopping and after the time gets over, they must return home.
  4. At times when shoppers are being accompanied by some of their friends and family, they tend to spend more. Some of them can instigate us to make purchases which they don’t want or need. Sometimes some people see other people buying their stuff, which mainly motivates them to buy some extra stuff that they do not need. If someone wants to go shopping as a social activity, the same should be considered as a social activity where no purchasing is allowed. One can go window shopping with their friends, but there must be no actual purchasing. One must plan to shop alone.
  5. When people are mainly hungry, tired, or exhausted they may end up buying such stuff, which they mainly do not need anymore. If someone is feeling any of these emotions, then they should not go shopping.
  6. It is very important for the shoppers to remember that the salespeople are mainly there to make the sale. So, irrespective of the politeness and well-mannered behavior of the salesperson, one must stick to the specific products they really want. One must not get trapped in the sweet and melodious voice of the salesperson and buy some unnecessary stuff.
  7. The concept of SALE is very attractive for everyone. But one must stick to the items they really want and stay away from other unnecessary stuff.

Safety tips to consider for online shopping

  1. The shoppers must make the purchase from the authorized shops only.
  2. It is necessary for shoppers to stay alert for email scams.
  3. While making the purchase online, one must be alert enough and must provide the required information only. Providing too much information can be an issue for many people.
  4. It is required to download the safe shopping apps from the apple store or the android market only. It is also important to read the reviews of the shopping apps.

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