(Fashions in the 1930's)
When I was a child
Grandma used to tell me about the flour bags
That came in cloth sacks during the depression.
The sacks were sometimes plain
But then, the producers of flour like Robin Hood and Five Roses
Decided they could entice the woman of the house with prints to buy their flour.
The flour sacks were used for all sorts of things, and sometimes clothing was made out of them.
The string sewn on top was pulled and kept and the empty flour bag folded and stored.
Dress patterns were included with the purchase of a flour bag
But when you went to buy another bag, the pattern was always different
Sometimes they were filled with feathers for a pillow or made into a long sleeping gown. The church ladies would bleach the bags and cut them down to strips to make braided rugs, send them up north along with dishtowels that the Junior Auxiliary embroidered.
"Repair, reuse, make do, and don't throw anything away" was the motto.
For contest: Whatever happened to flour sacks
November 21, 2013