Browsing the "Fabrics" Category

Bags and Boxes that You Can Build out of Recycled Materials

September 25th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Need a gift bag, or a box of exactly a certain size? Check out my personal collection of my favorite templates and patterns for DIY bags and boxes of all shapes and sizes, along with my suggestions for what recycled or scrap materials would be best to make each from.

How-to: Neckerchief-Style T-Shirt Scarf

August 29th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

It's still sweltering here in Atlanta during the day, but we've had some nice cool mornings and evenings lately. Fall is in the air, and this light, cozy t-shirt scarf is just right for those cool-but-not-cold times of day

Fab Fabrics: Hemp/Organic Cotton Prints from Sara Lee Parker Textiles

June 23rd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Sara Lee Parker Textiles is an Athens, GA-based company that creates hand screen-printed organic textiles. She was also featured in the Georgia edition of Southern Living Magazine this June, so if you live in Georgia, check it out! Parker runs her textile company with her husband, and she was kind enough to do a little Q&A with us about what she does, why she does it, and what working so closely with your husband is like.

Could the Farm Bill Legalize Growing Hemp in the U.S.?

June 16th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

If you had told me that I'd be talking passionately about the 2012 Farm Bill on a crafting website, I would have never believed it, but a recent proposed amendment to the monster bill could have a big impact for green crafters by making it legal to grow hemp in the U.S. But will it pass

How-to: Recycled Paper and Scrap Fabric Business Cards

June 12th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

These sewn business cards, which utilize two layers of scrap fabric, a recycled paper base, and your complete business information, are a little more work than your ordinary business card, but they're beautiful, eco-friendly, quite thrifty, and they'll certainly stand out in a crowd. Here's how to make them

Clean Cotton: 16 Organic Cotton Resources

June 9th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

I talked on Wednesday about more of the trouble with conventional cotton, but don't fret, my fellow seamsters! There are plenty of organic cotton resources out there to help you sew cute without any green guilt

Dirty Cotton: Indian Cotton Farmers Devastated

June 6th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

We've talked about the dirty side of cotton here before. Conventional cotton is an issue that's really close to my heart, so when I read the latest battle between big ag and Indian farmers, I thought I'd share it here

How-to: Make Natural Fabric Dye from Turmeric

May 9th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

If you've every cooked with turmeric, you know that it stains fabric like gangbusters. Heck, it even stains your hands, if you handle it too much. The property that calls for caution in the kitchen is your ally if you're looking to dye fabric a cheery shade of yellow! Here's how to make a batch of fabric dye from turmeric, water, and just one other ingredient that's most likely already in your kitchen!

Making Your Own Waldorf Dolls: Tips and Tutorials

May 1st, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Although making your own Waldorf doll is a complicated and time-consuming craft, it is not especially difficult, especially with all the generous tutorials and thoughtful patterns available to walk you through the process. Here are all the resources that I've been using as I create Waldorf dolls for my own children

Does Spoonflower outsource printing and use child labor?

March 7th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

I was taken aback when a reader recently asked if we could look into the rumor that Spoonflower outsources some of its printing production to South America and uses child labor. Organic cotton printed by a company that exploits children would be far from green, in my opinion!

5 Resources for Finding Burlap

March 3rd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

The trick with burlap is that for some reason it seems hard to find. Conventional fabric stores don't often stock it, and it's tricky to navigate online burlap resources. So, how's a gal supposed to make a burlap fabric box? Fear not! I've dug around and found some resources for burlap, so you don't have to do the legwork

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