1920s / 1930s Sewing with Cotton Bags


I just happened across a free PDF of this fab 1920s booklet on sewing with cotton bags and thought you might like it too. Produced by the Beauty Pattern Company, which presumably made mail order patterns, it’s full of suggested patterns and inspiration for sewing with feedsacks.

EDITED TO ADD: the person who scanned the original booklet dates this to the 1920s, but we think it looks more like 1930s style and hugely smart reader Bry found one of the patterns in this 1935 publication




Click here to get the full PDF booklet.

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  • Looks a bit more 1930s than 1920s, doesn’t it. What do you think? I wonder how we could source a date for it.

  • I think it is a safe bet to date this to 1935. Check out page 16 of this edition of the Milwaukee Road Magazine.
    It shows pattern 8221 from the booklet pictured above.

  • This is wonderful!
    Thanks for the link!

  • Reading the Modern Closet bit, my first thought was, “Only FOUR pairs of shoes?!” Then again, you could make more than one shoe keeper…
    My next thought was that old sheets would be an inexpensive option for making the dust covers. So much nicer for protecting clothes than a plastic dry-cleaning bag, and better for them, too.

  • Any chance you know how much an original booklet would be worth?


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