Frugal Poem: Flour Sack Underwear

When I was a Maiden fair,
Mama made our underwear.
With five tots & Pa's poor pay,
How could she buy us lingerie?

Monograms & fancy stitches
were not on OUR flour sack britches.
Panty waists that stood the test
With Gold Medal on the Chest.

Little pants the best of all
With a scene I still recall:


Harvesters were gleaning wheat
Right across the little seat.

Tougher than a grizzly bear
Was our flour sack underwear.
Plain or fancy, three feet wide,
stronger than a hippos hide.

Through the years each Jill & Jack
Wore this sturdy garb of sack.
Waste not, want not, we soon learned,
Penny saved, a penny earned.

Bedspreads, curtains, tea towels, too.
Tablecloths to name a few.
But the best beyond compare
was our Flour Sack Underwear!

Ruth Gettle

Posted by Terri H.

About The Author: This poem is in the book "The Old-Time Art of Thrift" ISBN#1-882138-27-9

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March 21, 20050 found this helpful

This reminds me of the things that my Grandma and Great Grandma use to do. They didn't always do things because they had to , but because they couldn't see any reason for waisting ANYTHING!!

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March 24, 20050 found this helpful

Great poem, but it gives you a sore bum just to think of it :)

Anne in UK

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By Carolyn Harris, Manteo NC (Guest Post)
November 8, 20070 found this helpful

My mom used to recite this poem from memory for clubs, church, friends and such. She recently died at the age of 94 and this poem was the last one she recited.


We also had a personal video of her reciting this poem that we shared at her memorial service. I'm sure God is enjoying this poem right now. Thanks

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June 6, 20080 found this helpful

The poem "Flour-Sack Underwear" is by Ruth Gettle. I found it in a book called "The One-Time Art of Thrift" ISBN#1-882138-27-9


Editor's Note: Thanks Melanie, we updated the author information.

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By Donna Tate (Guest Post)
July 12, 20080 found this helpful

We was struggling to make ends meet. I had made my husband some flour sack underware .He worked for the railroad wore them to work ripped his overalls and got teased over the printed flour sack underware (I was told by a fellow worker) His reply was;


These are made with love a stitch at a time. HE was proud of my work (I sewed them by hand )

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