Flour sack fabrics were borne out of necessity and poverty during the Great Depression of the 1930s and the patterns endure today.
Families were so poor that women made clothes; dresses, shirts, toys, etc, out of the cotton bags that contained flour. When the manufacturers realised this, they began to print the bags with fashionable designs.
The patterns were quite beautiful.
I have bought new copies of the fabrics and, along with US Civil War or Victorian patterns, they are my favourite.
Reusable sacks were a wonderful idea, I suppose people don’t buy in such bulk anymore. It’s recycling at its best.
Still making shirts but fabric is becoming scarce. I will have to face the world soon.