Feed bags can be tricky customers to open, but don’t risk injury tackling this simple job with the wrong tools like our baldy friend below! Just put the ‘neat side’ of the stitching facing you, cut the string on the right hand edge flush to the bag, and the stitches will fall out with a gentle tug.
It’s a little known fact that feed bags were originally designed as a method of torture during the Second World War. Enemy combatants were starved for several days before being given a feed bag packed with crispy bacon, and nothing but a blunt nail file to open it with. Most cracked within hours.
Okay, so not really. But anyone who has wrestled with an unopened feed bag early on a rainy morning will identify with the feeling. Happily there is an easy way to do it so that the bag just falls open, leaving nice smooth edges that won’t catch the last remnants of feed when you tip the bag out.
If you’re left handed and using scissors, trimming the right side of the bag is awkward. So put the ‘neat side’ of the bag facing AWAY from you, cut the string on the LEFT side of the bag, and pull the ‘neat side’ string.