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I see posts of things made from flour sack material.  My mom used to make my
shirts from them during WW-2.  I haven't seen that material since then,
where can it be found?

Don Dando

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Well, this probably won't help you, but I used to see similar material
used on feed bags back in the 60's.  Seem to remember stuff like milo or
chicken "scratch" being in sacks like that.  Not sure if that's still
done or not.  I too would be interested to know where this is gotten now.

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 unfortunately the days of cloth sacks are far away. most feed
comes in paper (or plastic burlap) if you buy 30-50 pound
bags. i did score a big pile of burlap bags from Agway. they
got them in as padding on garden fountains, but they were
originally used to ship cocoa.
 some bulk rice comes in cloth still, but it's not easy to
find, & it's not exactly pretty, unless you like wearing a
label. i still have a couple rice bag shirts.
 one can sometimes find feed sack fabric on eBay.
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Google for  'flour sack fabric' :

422,000 results...



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Like most everything else to do with textiles, flour sack material is no
longer produced in the United States. Factories shut down, equipment
either scrapped or sold overseas (where much if it is still in use in
places like India).

You can find vintage flour/feed/sugar sack material/sacks at estate
sales, thrifts, and on places like eBay and Craigslist. As feedsack
material was a favourite for quilt backs, check sales/eBay under
"quilting material/fabric", as well. If  you come upon material that
still has printing, do not let that put you off. Then as now one can
find directions (usually in vintage laundry books) about how to remove
the printing without damaging the fabric.  Worse comes to worse and you
cannot find sack material, but do find vintage sacks, go ahead and nab
them if they are large enough for at least parts of your shirt pattern.
Then as your mum probably did, simply remove the stitching holding the
sack together to make a flat piece of material. Don't worry about the
seam/hem marks, they can either be cut around when cutting your
pattern/made part of a new seam allowance/will wash out when the
material is laundered.

So many people have fond memories of their mothers running up jumpers,
shirts, play clothes and such from sack material, am told it is very
soft and quite durable.

Best of luck,


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Maybe Gohn Brothers

I fear me you but warm the starved snake
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI,Shakespeare)

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On Mon, 04 Sep 2006 05:42:03 GMT, "Don Dando"

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Antique shops.   Modern spinning machines can't make the soft thread
that cheap textiles used to be made of.

You can find "flour sack towels" sold in various places, but the
fabric is of poor quality and doesn't hold up well.   You *could* buy
a number of such towels and make a shirt, but I really, really

The last batch of flour I bought at Bonneyville Mills
came in cloth bags, so this is genuine flour sack material -- but
there isn't much cloth in a two-pound bag, and what the fabric is made
of, I have no idea.  Perhaps I'll report on it when I've used up the
flour.  (I'm not lighting the oven until cold weather sets in -- and I
don't bake much at the best of times -- so this could take a while.) I
can, enthusiastically, recommend their white whole-wheat bread flour.
(This is whole-grain flour made from white wheat.  Most of the bread
we eat is made from red wheat.)

Sometimes a blend of cotton and linen has or washes into the lovely
soft texture those old sacks had.  Nearly all linen available today
has been broken into tow -- euphemized as "cottonized linen" --
because short bits are cheaper to spin than the long, long fibers of
real linen.  Breaking up the fibers makes the fabric linty and quick
to wear out, but a blend of cotton and cottonized linen is far
superior to either on its own.  Near as I can figure, cotton and linen
muss in opposite ways, so that when mixed, they muss very little.

If money is no object, you can get real linen shirting from shops that
cater to historical re-enactors, such as
http://www.wmboothdraper.com /.  I have yet to invest in any
reproduction fabric, so I don't know how it compares to my samples of
old linen.  My real-linen lens cloth would make a wonderful shirt if I
had enough of it.  

Joy Beeson
joy beeson at comcast dot net
http://roughsewing.home.comcast.net/ -- needlework
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