Times were lean during the course of its Great Depression, so scrimping and saving and reusing everything possible was a way of life.
Today, people still loveto save money and reduce trash through clever DIY projects, like turning old tires into lovely ottomen. But in those days, “doing it yourself” wasn’t a trend; itwas a necessity.
In those difficult times, if females wanted to provide for their families, they had to get creative especially when it came to clothing.
That’s whenwomennoticed that one of their food staples flour came in cotton bags. Innovative and desperate, theyoften emptied the sacksandused the fabric to construct clothing for their children.
But whenflour sack manufacturers caught word of the trend, they decided to reinvent the route they packed their flour and the results are stunning!
Did you or anyone you know ever wear a flour sack dress? Let us know in specific comments below.
( h/ t: Kindness Blog)
When flour manufacturers considered females turning their flour bags into clothing, diapers, dish cloths, and more, they started packing their flour in pretty patterns. Households greatly appreciated this, as days were very hard.
The bags arrived with bright, colorful designs, and sometimes patterns for dolls like the one seen here being filled with flour for delivery. The bags were labeled, but the ink was washable.
Due to the tight budgets of struggling families, flour sack clothing was very common thus, many unique designs were published on the sacks.
The patterns came in a variety of colours and styles. There was something for everyone!
It’s estimated that during the Depression, 3.5 million women and children were wearing clothing and using items made from flour sacks.
It seems strange to be considered wearing a flour sack now, but for millions, it was a way of life due to the severity of the Depression.
And if they had to wear flour bags, they might as well have appeared nice.
The patterns were diverse in styles, as manufacturers tried to construct something appealing for people of all ages and interests.
Many of them were adorable, and fabric decorators still use a lot of the same styles today.
The bags even arrived with instructions on how to wash out the ink of the company’s published logo.
There is likewise tutorials on how to turn the sacks into all kinds of useful items. These were like the DIY articles of the 1930 s.
Some bags even arrived with instructions and suggestions published right on them in washable ink, of course.
As the popularity of flour sack clothing grew, pamphlets with sewing ideas for “cotton bags” were distributed.
The children you see here are wearing clothes made from the flour bags. But because of the bright patterns( and some serious sewing skills) you’d never guess.
Often, people could tell which children were related based purely on their outfits as their clothes shared the same sack pattern.
And it wasn’t only children. Girls stimulated outfits for themselves out of the suitcases, as well.
Some females even used their sew skills to bring in some extra cash, sewing outfits and other items for friends and neighbors.
And when the clothing finally wore out, it would be cut up and stimulated into something else, like a quilt.
However, things changed with the onset of World War II. Cotton started being rationed to make uniforms for soldiers, and people were more than willing to give up the fabric in order to support the war effort.
From then on, flour was are available in paper bags and it’s been that route ever since. Who knew something as simple as flour could be so rich in American history!