Books: Vintage Feed Sacks






I couldn’t resist a Lena Corwin-style book review with this recent acquisition to my fabric, textile, and pattern book collection: Vintage Feed Sacks: Fabric from the Farm by Susan Miller, for Schiffer Books. The text, while offering lots of valuable and interesting history and information for collectors, needed some better editing, but it’s not a dealbreaker for me since the pictures are the star here.

There is a section on logo sacks, not only feed bags but also bank and ammo bags which I never knew were a thing. Then the patterned cloth feedsacks are divided into the familiar categories of floral, geometric, and novelty. (But not paisley, the book reads, because they forgot about them on the day of the photo shoot!) This book is a must-have for fans and collectors of vintage fabrics and those interested in this remarkable phenomenon of upcycling.


  1. carrie says:

    That book looks great. I might have to pick that one up the photos look fantastic. The next best thing to actually owning the fabric is to be able to see it in photos!

    Great find.

  2. Kelly says:

    Great book, but – hellooooooooo, how could anyone FORGET about paisley???? I’m completely appalled, must write to the editors straight away! LOL :-)

  3. aurora fox says:

    oh! thanks for this review–i have wanted this book for awhile—so thanks for giving me a glimpse!

  4. Ronda says:

    What a great book. I showed my mom some of the pictures and she said she would have liked to have had some of the plain striped feed sacks in her area. Feed sack clothing perpetuated a life long hate of floral fabrics for my mother. However, I think they are beautiful. Will probably pick up the book for my mom and her sisters to reminisce.

  5. Jeanne says:

    Check out my blog later tonight for Vintage Thingie Thursday, I am going to get out some of my Vintage Feedsacks.

    I haven’t seen the book but it looks interesting, thanks for sharing. Jeanne

  6. Jessica says:

    If you’re in New Jersey – I suggest checking out Historic Walnford. It is a historic site in Monmouth County and it currently has a small exhibit on cloth feed sacks and the history of reusing them for quilting and clothing. I helped to design and research this exhibit last summer and now it’s up! Check it out if you’re in the area! Tell them Jess sent you ;)

  7. Sharon says:

    Who could forget paisley? Of course, we didn’t, and our post of Feb 20
    shows quite a few.