Well, maybe not feed. My vintage fabric find was probably a flour, salt or sugar sack–It has the higher-thread count that’s typical of those.
Cotton Sacks were a great marketing tool in the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. The company labels were made to disolve. The chain stitched side and top closing pulled out easily. The fabrics were meant to be reused by thrifty homemakers in quilts, aprons, clothing, bed linens.
Patterns were offered. Contests were held.
For more info on feed sacks and how to date them, check out one of my favorite reference books, The Complete Guide to Vintage Textiles, by Elizabeth Kurella. I first found a copy at my local library, then ordered it from Amazon. Great book for fabric collectors like me.
I’m always looking for good reference books, sources and blogs about vintage fabrics. If you have any favorites, please share.