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Published on April 14th, 2009 | by Kelly Rand


Win a Copy of Sewing Green!

CONGRATULATIONS to Tina in Boston for winning our giveaway of Sewing Green! Be on the look out for an email from us for further details.

Thank you to everyone who entered. We here at CAGW have been rejuvenated and inspired by all of your upcycling ideas! Don’t forget your other chances to win this beautiful book, you can find out where to enter here.

I know you’ve waited with bated breath so here it is, your chance to win a copy of Sewing Green, the latest and greatest book by Betz White, author of Warm Fuzzies.

Sewing Green offers 25 cute projects made from repurposed or organic materials. Learn how to make aprons and wallets from dress shirts, and sandwich wraps, and lounge pants from organic and thrifted fabrics. The projects are are direct and easy to follow even for this crafter who likes to skip ahead and tweak things. I especially like the sandwich wrap project and the use of PUL – a material that is not vinyl and one that I need to look into more.

White’s favorite project from the book is the woodland draft buster, a much more refined version of the draft catcher that I created a while back. This version looks like an adorable tree branch that helps you save money on your heating bill. White wanted everything in the book to have a good purpose without being preachy. She wanted everything to be fun and easy and show that any one can do these projects and be eco-friendly. “You don’t have to suffer,” she said. “Suffering is not involved.”

Continue reading to enter the contest!

Sewing Green also contains great features and side bars that showcase the history of repurposing, tips on thrifting, and advise on how to avoid thrifting pits falls. There are also several interviews and highlights with eco innovators – people in the crafting world, textile industry and various repurposers.

For example there is a write up on Claire Morsmen and Moresbags, a non-profit group based in the U.K. Morsbags was created by Marsmen who was put off by the wastefulness of plastic bags. Morsmen gathers people together to created the bags and then distributes them free to unsuspecting people. A technique she calls “social guerrilla bagging.” It is a great example of how one person can make a difference and perfect for this book full of eco-consciousness.

White worked hard to add dimension to the book. As you can tell it’s not just a project book, it teaches and encourages green living and for us to think about waste and reuse in positive ways. But the best and most amazing thing about this book? Crafting a Green World is mentioned as an additional resource.

We here at CAGW are in awe and completely touched to know that we’ve grown up so much to be considered a good and solid green crafting resource. Thanks Betz.

So now that you REALLY want to win this book, how do you enter?

Leave a comment about your favorite upcycled project that you’ve made or are thinking of making.

I’ll draw a random winner on Friday April 17th, so check back here for the winner’s announcement. Directions on how the winner can claim their prize will be posted here. If you are the winner and you don’t claim your prize within one week of the drawing, you forfeit and the book will be re-drawn.

For other chances to win Sewing Green see a complete listing of all the contests right here on CAGW and over at STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books blog.

Good luck and happy upcycling!

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About the Author

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting. Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.

121 Responses to Win a Copy of Sewing Green!

  1. ALLY says:

    actually i am thinking of taking a pair of old levi jeans and making a half apron (ties at the waist) with the top part blue jeans front and a gingham or vintage material flounce and ties. Still thinking how best to do this.

  2. Meredith says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. So many great ideas & inspirations to get you recycling & crafting.

  3. Martha says:

    Recycled “beer bangles.” I used the large plastic rings that loose cloth scarves are sold hanging onto. I peeled off beer labels (they slide right off if they have been in a cooler) and cut around the best graphics and wrapped/twisted them around the rings. Coated w/mod podge. Very cool bangles stacked on and great conversation pieces. BTW came up with St Patricks Eve. Fun. Forget drinking games – try drinking crafts. Just watch the scissors. Also made some “sweet” candy bangles using peppermint patty labels.

  4. kris laroche says:

    love this!
    i have been making baby pants out of old mama shirts. so so cute.

  5. Heidi R. says:

    My next project is to make a duvet cover out of upcycled fabrics. My husband and I served 18 months in Afghanistan, and I have several scarves, shawls, tablecloths, and tunics that we acquired there but have since been torn, stained, or otherwise rendered unusable. Rather than throwing them out, I’m going to turn them into patchwork squares and make a duvet cover for our bed, so we can continue to enjoy the fabrics and the memories attached to them!

  6. Amal says:

    I would like to make some sturdy shopping bags from recycled fabric, and (more creative) a quilt using old and thrifted wool sweaters. And also, if I had this book, some pretty things for the kitchen.

  7. Amanda says:

    I have a lot of ideas for upcycling. I have been collecting the rope handles off of gift bags and shopping bags and jars and metal lids and old pants and flannel baby blankets and baby food jars and many more items. What I want to do first is take my daughter’s baby blankets and clothes and make some fabric photo albums. Maybe if I win the book, I’ll get more motivated to actually do some of the projects.

  8. Yaneth says:

    I have 2 boys in diapers and we go through a lot of cardboard diaper boxes…I recently made a robot costume out of one of the diaper boxes and I’m looking into making some fabric covered storage bins out of the others…Would love to get some more ideas on upcycling and this book sounds sooo neat!

  9. Maddie Blasberg says:

    I have a friend that made a skirt out of her dad’s old ties and ties that she bought second hand. It’s so beautiful and one of a kind, and the best part is that it serves as a memory of her dad.

  10. JessTrev says:

    I love making birthday pennants out of upcycled blue jeans.

  11. Jeannie says:

    Ohhh I have a lot of backed-up projects, but one that’s been sitting the longest is:

    My younger brother’s HUGE collared shirts. I intend to make them into shirt dresses for myself 🙂

    *crosses fingers

  12. Marie says:

    I make cute hats out of wool sweaters that accidentally became felted in the laundry.

    And a project I’m thinking about doing is using old book covers to make new books – journals, agendas, etc.

  13. I have loved Betz’ creations for a long time. She inspires me to craft with repurposed materials.

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