Saturday, January 31, 2009


I have so many vintage items to share, it is hard to know where to start, so I guess I will just start. I know I have told you before that my family lives on land that has been in my husband's family since 1868. The orginal house is still here and has been lived in until just a few years ago. I have inherited many of the quilts/fabric items because of my interest in them. More recently, my husbands cousin gave me even more that she found in a house that the ancestors also lived in in their later years.
What I am going to share with you today is a feed sack that is pre-made into an apron. It came filled with feed, but when the sack was emptied, the stitching could be ripped easily and the sack became a ready-made apron. In the picture above you can see the sack as a complete sack. I don't know where this sack came from , but it seems never to have been used. There is no sign that it ever contained feed. The sack is still in tact as a sack. You can see the apron "strings" at the bottom which when stitching is removed, became the top of the apron. The label is glued on, but would remove very easily. The decorative top of the sack would eventually be the bottom of the apron.
A close up of the label reveals it's intent and take note of the neat fabric. The motif looks like a skein of embroidery floss along with a tiny flower.

A different view may help you see how it is made.

Here you can see the large stitching that would be removed to make it possible to use it as an an apron.
I searched the internet for such a feed sack apron, but was unsuccessful. Of course there are many aprons made with feed sacks and it is hard to search without having to sift through it all.
If you have seen one of these or not. I would love to hear of your experience in the form of a comment.
Thanks--and see you tomorrow for SunBonnet Sunday.



Baba said...

What a real treasure!

Pat said...

That is really fascinating and how wonderful to live on land that has been in the family for so long. I've not heard of those feedsack aprons but hope you will post if you get further information from anyone about them.

Mickie said...

Love your blog! I have a friend who collects feedsacks and does presentations about them and I sent her your blog addy to check it out. Love the apron and can't wait to see your Sue tomorrow!

Gina said...

I'venever heard of this, although over here feedsacks were never a big thing.
Great idea though

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Anonymous said...

I have several flour bags in my collection like yours that were meant to be made into an apron. Unique marketing! One has the same label as yours. "Sewing with Nancy" program #2224 will show one of these bags in the Nancy's Corner segment that features bags from my collection.

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