Thursday, August 8, 2013

Flour Sack Bread Bag with Vintage Crocheted Lace

UPDATE: I have two ONE Bread Bag left for sale in my Etsy shop. 
Every now and then the Mister and I go to Upper Canada Village and visit the flour mill and buy freshly milled flour. Nothing is better than their freshly milled whole wheat and white flour.  to be used for baking bread!  I saved several of the flour bags, not sure at first what I wanted to do with them, but I just KNEW I could re-purpose them.

I was looking at the bags and realized that they were the perfect size to store my homemade bread in.  All I needed to do was add a casing for a drawstring cord to close the top and it would be a perfect fit.

This is the flour sack after I emptied the flour (below).

As I was looking through my laces and buttons I found this beautiful, hand crocheted lace.  My grandmother used to crochet lace and apply to pillowcase edges.  It's beautiful and such fine handwork. 

Then my button collection began calling me wanting to be re-purposed on the bag too.  From the time I was a child and still now, I just love sifting through buttons, looking for just the right ones.

If I have lace and buttons, why not add a flower.  After all, it IS a FLOUR SACK so why not add a FLOWER.  So I made flowers from some linen scraps and center the flower with a large old button.

I toyed with a variety of closure ideas and settled on a simple drawstring cord that seemed to fit in with the lace.  And there you have it!  A bag to store freshly baked bread in.

In the French Boulangerie (bakeries that specialize in baking and selling bread) the bread is sold unwrapped.  Occasionally it will be wrapped in paper but it would be rare to see any plastic bags in sight.  Bread that will be eaten immediately or within a day or two keeps much better in a cloth bag than out on the counter.

And... I do not have a bread box.  Prior to making the bread bag you'd see my bread in a plastic bag on top of the microwave in a corner.  NOT attractive.  But this bag turned out so sweet that I'm no longer hiding my bread in a corner.

If I don't have bread to put into the bag I thought I could store my rolling pin in it.  Wouldn't it look sweet hanging on a hook in the kitchen and ready to roll out the next freshly made loaf of bread, pie dough or other goodies?

After finishing making my bread sack I decided to make some more and they are now listed in my Etsy shop for sale.
Until next time,

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  1. Oooh....this is just lovely! What a great way to repurpose that bag! Lucky you to have a place to BUY flour like that!

  2. It's amazing how lace can transform anything into something elegant. Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  3. So pretty and great bread bag x

  4. Love this post...I also have made and embellished items using laces and trims left over from my grandmother's supply. Some were hand crocheted and I love using them. Your bags are very nice!
    ps new follower

  5. What an awesome bread bag! And great photos, too. Visiting from the S&S Sunday!

  6. What a great repurpose of that flour sack!! Love it - pinning!

  7. I LOVE THIS! I want to go and find this place now and also make on of these :-) Thanks for sharing, pinning now!

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

  8. I wish I could get flour like that. I will have to look for flour sacks & make one sometime. I love how yours turned out! Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives. Hope you have a great week ahead. Theresa

  9. Oh my goodness, how perfect is this. Such a fabulous idea. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  10. So cute! Great idea to store your rolling pin. Would love it if you came by One More Time and shared it

  11. I love it, Jennifer! How fitting that you were able to make a bread bag out of the flour bag that the flour came in {for that bread!}. I love how you embellished and love the drawstring closure.

  12. I think these are marvelous - they're perfect for homemade bread - look gorgeous too! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  13. What a great bread bag, it's just lovely.

  14. Oh my goodness I love this so much!!!!! I would get a lot of use out of it, thank you for sharing. Hugs P.S. hopping over from making the scene

  15. Gorgeous!!! Love the way it turned out! Love all details!Thanks so much for sharing! Would love to have you visit my blog sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  16. I love your flour-sack bread bag! I was attempting to make all our bread homemade this year but had a minor setback and had to abandon my attempts temporarily. (I'll give it another go next year) I had been looking for ways to store my homemade bread that wasn't plastic bags - never thought about cloth bags. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. (Visiting from Homestead Barn Hop)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

  17. This is so pretty, and so practical too! I hate those plastic bags. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


  18. A lovely repurpose project Jennifer. I'm featuring it at Shabbilicious Friday today.

  19. Thanks for linking up to From the Farm Blog Hop! We've chosen your beautiful bread bag as one of our favorites. We have featured it on our blog hop this week and we'll be sharing it on facebook and pinterest. Come check it out at We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!
    Leona from
    From The Farm Co-Host

  20. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your wonderful project on homework. Thanks so much for sharing it on The Inspiration Board. Have a great weekend!

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  21. I love how you transformed these lovely flour sacks to gorgeous bread bags - can just smell the freshly baked bread!!! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  22. Adorable! I made a bread bag once, but it did not look anything like ended up being a pillowcase cover for my son's toy cat!

    I'd love for you to share this over at Homemade Mondays!


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