The feedsack story starts in the early 1800's when food staples such as grain, seed, and animal feed were stored in wooden barrels, boxes, and tins, the wooden boxes and barrels leaked and the tins rusted which damaged the goods inside. The linen bags used by local farmers wouldn't hold up for transportation so with the invention of the stitching machine in 1846 they were able to sew double locking seams that could hold the weight of the bags.
Feedsacks were originally made with heavy canvas and were reusable the farmer would simply bring his empty sack with his mark stamped on the side to the mill to be refilled. Soon in the northeast mills began weaving inexpensive cotton fabric that was used for sugar bags and more. Farm wives soon found out that the cotton bag could be used for utilitarian fabric and began using it for diapers, dish rags, dresses and more. When manufacturers caught wind of this they began printing patterns on their bags with the idea that the farmer would be inclined to buy more sacks so that his wife could make herself a new dress with the matching patterns.
These reusable bags are still used today and are reflected in the linen bag holding Old Barn Milk Paint.