January 30th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
In the year since I crafted my first drawstring bag tutorial, I've refined it to correct these fiddly bits and to make the bag even quicker and easier to sew. Read on for the quickest, easiest, drawstring bag tutorial that you're ever going to find
January 21st, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
You know we love a good t-shirt reuse project around here, so I was pleased as punch when reader Nancy Sharp was kind enough to share her idea for reusing a sentimental t-shirt that was past its prime
January 18th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
A reader recently wrote in with a great question about finding a food-safe fabric for making snack and sandwich bags. She was specifically looking for a laminated cotton fabric that was eco-friendly. In digging to answer this question, I found a ton of information and a few ideas for the safest ways to make reusable snack bags that are at least semi leak proof
January 17th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Instead of wearing cheap, mass-produced, low-quality undergarments that have to be replaced regularly, I've found that sewing panties and boxer shorts, for people both big and small, really isn't that hard. You can sew underwear from your own stash fabric--even scraps, for kids' underwear!--or from awesome thrifted clothing, and the results are unique, way cheaper than store-bought, and often sturdier, since they can be made from higher-quality fabrics and sewn with care.
To make your own upcycled undergarments, check out these patterns and tutorials from around the web
December 5th, 2011 | by Julie Finn
Recently, a reader wrote into CAGW asking about felting a different type of wool--a wool tweed jacket, to be specific, but the question applies to all types of wool fabric, other than that which is knitted.
Yes, Virginia, you CAN felt wool fabric!
November 19th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe
It has been positively blustery out there lately, and that chilly weather gets me in the mood to craft with sweaters. Luckily, when the weather gets colder, thrift stores are busting with sweaters, so even if you don't have any in your stash, you can still find sweaters to upcycle for all sorts of fun, fall-themed projects
November 7th, 2011 | by Julie Finn
To vat-dye multi-colored silks with clean colors and smooth transitions, there are a few different methods that work. This particular method is one of the easiest, since it blocks off all of the fabric that you're not currently dyeing, allowing you to vat dye and machine wash as usual
October 12th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe
We talked yesterday about the dirty side of conventional cotton, but what's a green crafter to do?
October 11th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe
Cotton has some really great marketing behind it, but conventional cotton has some dirty secrets
October 3rd, 2011 | by Julie Finn
If you're dreaming about a new way to organize your fabric, check out these five storage solutions that are constructed from eco-friendly upcycled materials
October 2nd, 2011 | by Julie Finn
Organize your fabric stash into a neat, ordered, uniform collection using recycled cardboard record album covers
September 28th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe
Don't you just love burlap? It's eco-friendly, cheap (sometimes even free!), and gives any project a bit of Earthy, shabby chic appeal. There are lots of fun ways that you can incorporate burlap into your crafty endeavors! Here are some tips on finding burlap and a list of burlap craft projects to help kickstart your crafting
September 25th, 2011 | by Julie Finn
As a children's toy, a holiday decoration, or a wonderful present (a child's name? A couple's first monogram? How fun!), stuffed fabric letters are a way to show your personality and use up just about any kind of fabric in your stash. Neatly sewing up those letters with holes in them can be very tricky, however, but let me show you how, and you'll be off and running
September 20th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe
We are huge Betz White fans around here, so when she announced her partnership with Robert Kaufman to produce a line of eco-friendly fabrics, we were downright thrilled!
September 12th, 2011 | by Julie Finn
Felting wool can alter its color. If you're unhappy with the color of the wool sweater that you just felted, or even with an entire finished upcycled wool piece, you can easily overdye it to a new color
September 1st, 2011 | by Karen Lee
Food safe fabric for reusable lunch bags and mats can be harder to find than you think. What are the alternatives
August 23rd, 2011 | by Becky Striepe
We've covered the beautiful, bold prints from ten14 organic textiles before, and I'm drooling over Josi's new line of fabrics just for fall and winter!
August 7th, 2011 | by Julie Finn
Is it better than my homemade Kool-aid dye? I'll find out!
August 4th, 2011 | by Karen Lee
You've used up old t-shirts to make various projects. Now you have a pile of cut up sleeves. What do you do with them all? Find out how you can
July 4th, 2011 | by Julie Finn
Get re-introduced to silk as a natural material that's easy to craft with!
July 3rd, 2011 | by Julie Finn
You'd be amazed at the ways that a child can find to play with such a simple toy, and with this method, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to cheaply dye your play silks to make a rainbow of vibrant colors
June 29th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe
We got a note from a reader recently who is looking to switch to an eco-friendly option for her hand-dyed and printed fabrics. The trouble is, she couldn't track down a source for undyed eco-fabrics