I was talking to a group of ladies at a local sewing group and they told me all about how women used to repurpose flour sacks into dresses and clothes in the 1930’s during the great depression, when money was very tight.
The flour companies heard this was going on so they decided to start printing the flour sacks with patterns so that the clothing looked pretty. Some of them even came printed with instructions which would then wash out. You can read more about this and see images here.
When the clothes wore out, the fabric was reused again by being cut up and used for quilts. When the 2nd world war began cotton was rationed for soldier’s uniforms so flour was packaged in paper bags and still is today.
At Impact Trading and Cotton Roots, we manufacture aprons and we have made them for customers from coffee sacks. Another great way to upcycle waste fabric. You can order coffee sack aprons from here.
We recently embroidered some of our Fairtrade Organic aprons for a local bakery in Olney called Amazing-Grains. Knowing that Olney was the home of the hymn Amazing Grace we were interested to know more about the bakery and its name.
Gareth the owner was made redundant after a 30 year career in IT, he realised that his heart no longer belonged in the corporate world.
Over the years, extensive travel had opened his eyes to the fact that most other countries held bread in high esteem unlike the industrialised products passed on as bread for the lowest possible price in the UK. So after dabbling in food distribution, Gareth decided to address this issue by learning to bake “real bread”, using good quality ingredients, and an honest approach. Sales began with friends, then from the local pub, to deliveries 5 days a week, all produced from a 30 Sq ft kitchen in a tiny 2 bed cottage in Emberton, just outside Olney in North Buckinghamshire.
Now baking 4 days a week from a converted workshop in East St in Olney, Amazing-Grains produces around 300 loaves a week, using only natural ingredients, time and no processing aids, to produce breads with a flavour, second to none.
The name of the bakery was based on the hymn Amazing Grace written by the curate of Olney, John Newton and published in 1779. It is one of the most recognisable songs in the English-speaking world.
We love supplying aprons to local businesses and particularly to one that has such an interesting story. You can find about more about Amazing Grains HERE