Farmers have been using cloth bags for grain, seed and feed ever since cloth was available. In the early days, homespun linen was hand sewn into bags for the grain that was kept for use in the home, and for next year's planting. The sacks were considered valuable personal property, and were usually stitched or stencilled with names or initials to identify the owner.
Sometime in the 1920's, an enterprising manufacturer of cloth bags hit upon an interesting idea - maybe he could sell more sacks if they were decorated to be more desirable for the farmer's wife. And the era of the printed feedsack began. No longer just beige muslin, with advertising for the feed company, now sacks began to appear in a wide variety of popular colors and prints.