Sunday, April 3, 2016

Feed Sacks From Grandma


My Mom gave me some feed sacks.
What?
Yes, feed sacks!


There are some very pretty patterns.


But the best part?  They have a story that goes with them...




My Mom is the second oldest of ten children!

Back in those days, living on a farm was a way of life.

Feed for the animals (pigs, chickens, cows) was a must.

My grandparents had 8 girls and 2 boys.


Grandma made a lot of her kid's clothes.

She could make the prettiest dresses out of feed sacks.

There was a general store where they purchased their goods, for the home and the farm.

When it was time to order animal feed, Grandma would request that it be bagged in certain feed sacks.

Having girls close in age and a set of twins, she often times asked for more then one feed sack to match.

Smart and frugal!

She got the necessary animal food and material for making clothes all in one!  


My Mom inherited some of those feed sacks that her Mom had and she has passed some on to me.


I have many ideas that I want to make with these beauties, but so far have only accomplished two:


I made a dishtowel for my Mom's recent birthday.


I  framed my favorite pattern to use as art work.

I love to look at the feed sacks and listen to them.  They are full of family history and stories.

26 comments:

  1. That is so wonderful! Both of my grandmothers did the same back in their day.

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  2. How fabulous is that?! They are so sweet looking. I'll bet you'll come up with tons of ideas for making stuff with them. How wonderful that you have something that tells the story of your family. Enjoy.

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  3. Oh wow what a wonderful gift you have been given. I love how you frame one of them. My grandmother did this also.

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  4. Oh Lori what a beautiful collection. I've read about feed sacks but never actually seen them. You must make a quilt. It would be a family heirloom. Please keep us up-to-date on what you chose to do with them.

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    1. What a great idea! I LOVE the idea of these made into a quilt, but my sewing skills are limited...

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  5. Dear Lori Leigh ... I love, love, love your feed sacks, such a sweet treasure. I love how you have put them to such good use. Blessings for your week. Hugs ♥ Teri

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  6. What beautiful feed sacks. They remind me of my Grandmother's quilt. They are such nice family memories.

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  7. So beautiful! Could you make pillow covers for the sofa? Or for outside? I don't know how 'rough' the fabric is but I presume it is somewhat nubby as it's a feedsack? Gorgeous patterns and love the dishtowel you made!

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    1. Pillows are on my to do list. It really doesn't have a rough feeling.

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  8. What absolute treasures! There are some avid collectors out there that would be drooling over these...how nice that they've been kept in your family! :)

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  9. I loved reading the story about your handed down treasures! How sweet. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Dishing It & Digging It Link Party.

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  10. These are so lovely! I really think framing your favorite was a wonderful idea! Thanks for giving me some ides! ;)

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  11. Oh, Lori, there are such beautiful family treasures!

    Make a good quality quilt with them. A good quilt will last centuries if cared for properly. Can you imagine, a quilt that you make from your grandmother's feed sacks. You can give it to your daughters, and they will give it to their children. That's five generations of family legacy!

    Just an idea. I would like to see what you create with them.

    Kimberly

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  12. Happiness as a child was getting a new "feedsack" dress. We lived on a farm and my dad worked at an FCX store where sacks of feed were sold. He got the pick of the beautiful prints and mom sewed my dresses. She would soak them and line dry them. I still remember the freshness and comfort of those dresses as well as admiring the various fabric designs. I am in my 60's now and Mom is 93 and no longer sews, but we both recall my joy of wearing those little dresses in the carefree days of summer. Sweet memories!

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  13. O wow this is great!!! My mom tells me stories of how her mom (my Mamaw) did this too. :)

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  14. So very beautiful! It would be wonderful if they still made these. :) Love how you framed the one!

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  15. What a treasure!!! I would be shaking to get my fingers on that lovely collection!!! :) Thank you for sharing your goodies with us! I like the idea of framing your favorite...

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  16. I just love the pattern and designs on the feed sacks. I sure wish the fabric in fabric stores was any where close to these designs. Such flattering colors too. I am fair skinned and all the colors I see now are in shades that do not flatter. I have a quilt from my great grand mother and I just love all the fabrics used in them. I wonder if some were feed sacks too.

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  17. My husband bought me a vintage yo-yo quilt made from feed sacks. There are more than 3,000 yo-yos in the quilt. One yo-yo has stitched on the back "JOE." Oh, if this wonderful piece could tell me its story. It is truly a gem. How nice a yo-yo quilt would be, made from your grandmother's feed sacks.

    *hugs*
    Kelley~

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    1. Oh the stories that quilt must have! Many people have suggested making a quilt...sadly a skill I do not posses. I may need to look into sourcing it out ;-)

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  18. Good morning! Just a little note to let you know that this article has been FEATURED today at the Art of Home-Making Mondays! Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you again this week :)

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    1. Thank you Jes! I hope many of your readers can relate to the feed sacks.

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  19. Those prints remind me of Liberty of London Fabrics. Gorgeous!

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  20. A lovely selection of prints.
    Amalia
    xo

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  21. Question please? What kind of fabric were the feedsacks made from? The patterns are beautiful by the way!

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    1. I'm not sure of the fabric, but they don't have a rough feel like one might think of when I say 'feed sack'. Back in the day, many feed sacks were made into clothing, so a comfortable feel ;-)

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