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Published on April 29th, 2008 | by Skye Kilaen

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Fabulous Fabrics: Michael Miller Organics

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organic cotton check fabricorganic baby booties

Michael Miller Fabrics is co-sponsoring a Baby Bootie contest with Craft Magazine. I would love to see a green crafter win this with organic or recycled materials.

I do suspect there’s some kind of craft hive mind episode going on here, because I’ve planned to write about their organic fabric line this week – and just last week, Autumn posted here at Crafting A Green World about recycled handmade shoes. I fully intend to investigate this set of coincidences, but first let’s talk about Michael Miller Organics.

Michael Miller Fabrics launched its organic line at the beginning of the year. The sneak peek on their blog last fall included a shot of the supercute booties shown here. That blog post gave a snapshot of some of the challenges facing folks who want to bring organic cotton to market:

Did you know that organic cotton has to be grown for at least three years without chemical pesticides, defoliants, or fertilizers? It costs more because organic farms are more labor and management intensive. They’re also usually smaller and do not receive federal subsidies like conventional farming.

Luckily for us, they persevered and created a small collection of fabrics and a couple of trims in warm, natural tones. Included in the organic collection are one each of gingham, terry, fleece, sheeting, sherpa, a plain herringbone, the herringbone check shown above, felt, gingham bias trim, and gingham “ruffle rac.”

While it’s a small collection, it’s a big step forward to see organic fabrics for home crafting that are affordably priced. I’m not knocking the high-end organic cotton home decorating fabrics like those made by Mod Green Pod and Oliveira Textiles. Those companies make beautiful fabrics. It’s just nice to see the spectrum of fabrics filling out with choices for a variety of projects and budgets.

Michael Miller Organics fabrics and trim are available from J. Caroline.

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[Images from Michael Miller Organics.]



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About the Author

Skye Kilaen began sewing at an early age and eco-rabble-rousing shortly after that. Many years later, someone finally told her that there are books about how to make quilts. Life was never the same. In fact, she spent more on her sewing machine than her car. Bringing her green and crafty passions back together, Skye is now happily discovering ways to create beautiful and useful objects using thrifted and sustainable materials. No, that's not just an excuse to visit Goodwill more often. Honest.



  • http://www.shop-online-4.com/uk/baby/ Linda

    This would be a perfect competition for everyone enjoying the May Bank Holiday weekend in Britain (or Labour Day in some countries). Wool is a good organic material. It can be spun and woven at home. We live amongst hundreds of sheep and the wool is just a by-product. The farmers get very little for it so will often just give you some for free.

  • http://www.shop-online-4.com/uk/baby/ Linda

    This would be a perfect competition for everyone enjoying the May Bank Holiday weekend in Britain (or Labour Day in some countries). Wool is a good organic material. It can be spun and woven at home. We live amongst hundreds of sheep and the wool is just a by-product. The farmers get very little for it so will often just give you some for free.

  • http://www.shop-online-4.com/uk/baby/ Linda

    This would be a perfect competition for everyone enjoying the May Bank Holiday weekend in Britain (or Labour Day in some countries). Wool is a good organic material. It can be spun and woven at home. We live amongst hundreds of sheep and the wool is just a by-product. The farmers get very little for it so will often just give you some for free.

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  • http://livingandlovingeveryminuteofit.blogspot.com/ Corey~living and loving

    HI! I am currently thinking of making a duvet cover for my daughters bed. I was wondering if most fabrics are labeled to state what chemicals have been used on them?
    I am specifically worried about PBDEs but would like to be as chemical free as possible. Any help would be appreciated. I am not finding much information on what to look for when buying fabric. Thanks!

  • http://livingandlovingeveryminuteofit.blogspot.com/ Corey~living and loving

    HI! I am currently thinking of making a duvet cover for my daughters bed. I was wondering if most fabrics are labeled to state what chemicals have been used on them?
    I am specifically worried about PBDEs but would like to be as chemical free as possible. Any help would be appreciated. I am not finding much information on what to look for when buying fabric. Thanks!

  • http://livingandlovingeveryminuteofit.blogspot.com/ Corey~living and loving

    HI! I am currently thinking of making a duvet cover for my daughters bed. I was wondering if most fabrics are labeled to state what chemicals have been used on them?
    I am specifically worried about PBDEs but would like to be as chemical free as possible. Any help would be appreciated. I am not finding much information on what to look for when buying fabric. Thanks!

  • http://livingandlovingeveryminuteofit.blogspot.com/ Corey~living and loving

    HI! I am currently thinking of making a duvet cover for my daughters bed. I was wondering if most fabrics are labeled to state what chemicals have been used on them?
    I am specifically worried about PBDEs but would like to be as chemical free as possible. Any help would be appreciated. I am not finding much information on what to look for when buying fabric. Thanks!

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