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  1. Wendy Sholds says:

    Hi Lora,

    I came across an old Wirthmore Mink Food bag that my grandmother had kept. My grandfather was a mink rancher back in the day. I was so excited to see a picture of one on your site!

    I would like to make it into a pillow but there are a few small stains on it. They look like small rust stains. The bag has been washed so I know it’s clean.

    Are the stains a deal breaker for making a pillow? Also, the lettering is faded. Could I fabric paint over the letters to highlight them more?

    Thanks!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Yes, Wendy, I’m actually using my 2 Wirthmore Mink Food bags as bathroom cafe curtains right now! I think a few stains are part of the earned character of these oldies. You could always put a cute patch over them with a contrasting fabric for a vintage folk-ish look. If you want to make the lettering pop a bit, you could stitch around them with embroidery or a sewing machine. You can see how I did it on some old feed sacks here: https://lorabloomquist.comadding-vintage-feedsacks-new-furniture-seats/ If you’re not a sewer, you could possibly outline around the letters with some subtle fabric pens? I just like the country look of a simple embroidery running stitch; think it really adds to the charm, kind of like an old needlework sampler. Hope that helps!

  2. Leilani Ruesink says:

    Thank you for answering questions I’ve had for years. I can remember when I was told I’d grown to be such a big girl that now my full skirted twirly dresses would take three feed sacks to make!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      I love this memory, Leilani!So much history for so many with these utilitarian fabrics! Thanks for sharing;)

  3. Wow! This great post just answered so many questions!! Thanks for the lovely story and photos! Go to my website and see what I’ve done with these beautiful sacks!! Patty

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks, Patty.Your artwork is beautiful; love the history!

  4. This is such a great and informative post. I will definitely be rereading and pinning for future reference! Thanks for sharing at #TFT! I will be featuring you tomorrow!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks, Amber! Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. So interesting! I love them all! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  6. What a great post! I learned a lot. I have a few seed bags that I have washed and some of the reds bled a little, but they still look pretty good. Found them in my Mother-in-Laws attic just rotting away. I haven’t decided what to do with them yet.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks, Dottie! Glad you enjoyed it! I learned a lot, too!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks, Linda! I really like the green grass one because it’s so different!