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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Recycling/Reusing Feed Sacks

The sacks hold walnuts
and make great landscape fabric.
They make a great recycling bag for the recycling.

They can be unraveled from their current shape as a sack and be sewn by machine to make a large tarp or wind break.  I have seen people cut them into strips and crochet them as rugs. They also make fair insulation in an out building...the insides are white.

Not nearly as wonderful as the cloth sacks much of my childhood clothing and quilts were made with but they still have some interesting purposes.  

Waste not, want not.

17 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Good ideas, and we go through a few around here. Thanks!

Gorges Smythe said...

I saw LADY ONLINE ONCE THAT MADE PURSES AND SHOPPING TOTES FROM THEM! Dern cap-locks!

Sandra said...

I never thought about recycling the feed sacks, i remember the old cloth ones mother used. we get this size in dog food...

Sandy said...

Gail,

I love that you recycle these bags!!!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Oh my gosh. Why haven't I been doing this in my gardens? Whyyyyyy?

Linda Wildenstein said...

You're always giving out good advice. I love the idea of making something from them. Hmmmmmm now I've got some thinking to do. xoxo Linda

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I feel so wasteful now...

Arkansas Patti said...

Now I am sorry I don't have any to use in such creative ways. Darn.

Arkansas Patti said...

Ooh, ooh, I almost forgot. Winter bird seed comes in those. Can't wait to recycle.

gld said...

We used to have our feed bagged in double paper bags and I used them in a lasagna method of mulching flower beds. They lasted several years.

I remember flour sacks and shirts made from them, and pillow slips and other household items. Those were the days!

TexWisGirl said...

insulation and rugs are neat! i have a tote bag made from a horse feed sack. i use it daily for work.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

"Waste not, want not" I love that philosophy. If only more people would subscribe to it.

Karen S. said...

Perfect ideas! My mother's favorite line every single day, waste not want not.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I made tote bags from chicken feed bags for my sister and daughter....they're "chicken people." :) blessings, marlene

LindaG said...

I've put compost bags down for weed block. But they work best if you use them in an area you are going to leave, not in a garden where hubby insists on tilling every year. ;-)

Thanks for the ideas, Gail! :-)

Lynne said...

Nothing quite like old time flour sacks . . .

Farm Girl said...

Every time I throw away my feed sacks I just cringe. I think this is a very good idea. I never thought about cutting them apart and using them as tarps. We always need a tarp. :)

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