Monday, January 5, 2015
Flour Sack Sheets
Have you seen the flour-cloth dishtowels sold in Walmart and other places? They don't match my memory of flour sacks and various other sacks that people used to make clothing from in the early part of the 20th century. Sacks were used for many goods, and the fabric was from coarse to fine for making dresses.
When I was a child, we had flour sack sheets that my maternal grandmother, Memaw, made for our family. The sacks were heavy and rough and white. Finally, when I was seven, we had real sheets--1953.
Until I was seven-years-old, I had to move my ankle bone or wrist from the heavy seams. This move was a big deal because I could never just lie down and sleep. I could not simply turn over. Each time I came to rest, I had to slightly adjust one or more body parts to get away from the seam. Sometimes, it was my cheek resting on a heavy seam.
However, I never realized how inconvenient those seams were until I did not have to adjust my body each time I lay down. Inconvenient seams were just a part of life, like shading your eyes from the sun or savoring good cold water instead of Cokes or Kool Aid every day.
I suppose we could have bought at least some sheets if we had not bought books. I think that is a fair enough trade-off. Those books from my early years still exist, but who knows what happened to the flour-sack sheets or the store-bought ones?
Here is a site that gives the uses and reasons for using sacks for home goods and clothing. The Depression is not the primary reason people used sacks for sewing.
Flour sack sheets were not my mother's idea, it was all she could have. My father would not provide, so my grandmother did. And, we did not buy so many books that they were an excess in our lives.
Another day, I will address other things I have that are made from flour sacks. But, in the meantime, I have specific questions.
Did you ever sleep on sheets made from flour sacks? Did you know anyone who did? Have you ever heard of anyone who used sheets made from flour sacks?