Flour sacks used to be fashionable.
During the Dust Bowl, people sewed clothes out of flour sacks when money was tight. They did what they had to do in order to keep warm and clothe their children. When flour distributers heard about this practice, they made their bags more colorful so the subsequent clothing would be more attractive. Women then regularly began using the sacks to make clothing, diapers, dish clothes, and more. Families appreciated the manufactures for creating decorative patterns; some would have flowers, paisley, dogs, ballerinas, or other bright and colorful options. While it would be weird to think of wearing one now, it was a staple for millions during the Great Depression.