Fab Fabrics: Vintage Feed and Seed Bags

Want to add a little kitsch to your next sewing project? We’ve got just the thing!

Pam Knott over at Mad Creek Designs stocks these fabulous feed bags, seed bags, and gunny sacks in all sorts of different patterns. Growing up in Iowa, she remembers her grandmother’s vanity bench covered with one, the kitchen curtains made from a pair of them, a table cloth, and an apron her grandmother wore until it was threadbare.

The Mad Creek Designs shop has a ton of these vintage goodies cleaned, opened up, and ready to sew! Pam says she worried that some of the bags might be a bit scratchy, but after a run through the wash, they are much softer.

On top of all the projects her grandmother used these for, they’d be great backing for some throw pillows! Or maybe a cute tote bag, like the ones to the left there?

Pam is an avid crafter and recycler. She loves working with vintage neckties, buttons, and fabric scraps and she’s passing those values along to her granddaughter just like her grandmother did for her! She and her granddaughter designed a simple shoulder bag: the Shelby Bag. Her granddaughter digs into her scrap bags and stash, playing with all her favorite colors, and they do the sewing together.

[Photos courtesy of Mad Creek Designs. Used with permission.]

Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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