Browsing the "Fab Fabric" Tag

5 Fab Fabrics from Unusual Sources

May 22nd, 2013 | by Becky Striepe

We talk a lot about sustainable fabrics around here, both as part of our Fab Fabrics series and when we're sharing tutorials. A quick scan through our archives turns up the usual suspects: hemp, organic cotton, recycled felt, jute, linen, and - of course - vintage fabrics. But every once in a while we run across a fabulous fabric that's from more of an offbeat source

Fab Fabrics: Waterproof Lotus Flower Fabric

May 15th, 2013 | by Becky Striepe

Finding sustainable, waterproof fabric can be tricky. Even recycled synthetics contain quite a bit of new plastic in addition to the recycled content. That's why I was super excited to learn about a brand new waterproof fabric made from lotus flower stems. The fabric is a blend of lotus flower fibers and silk, and it's sustainable and waterproof!

5 DIY Scarves for Fall

October 18th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Fall is here and the cooler weather has arrived! My favorite accessory for cool weather is a scarf. After finding tons of tutorials for scarves, I decided to put together 5 of my favorite DIY scarves!

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.

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

Fab Fabrics: Undyed Hemp Fabric

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

Fab Fabrics: The Organic Mamas

February 8th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Melissa Lovell started The Organic Mamas back in 2004 when she had her first baby and realized that she didn’t want her child exposed to the chemicals associated with conventional fabrics

Fab Fabrics: Recycled Felt + 4 Felt Projects

January 18th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Whether we're talking felted wool from reclaimed sweaters or Kunin's Eco-fi made from recycled plastic bottles, crafting with recycled felt is a great way to lighten your DIY footprint

Fab Fabrics: LinenMe

January 11th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Lithuanian designer Inga’s beautiful linen fabrics are inspired by traditional methods from her home country

Fab Fabrics: A 2010 Retrospective

January 4th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Can you believe it's 2011 already? Just last week, January seemed so far away. One of the things I love about the first of the year is that you get a chance to look back on a year's worth of work and accomplishments. So, why not take a peek at the fabulous fabrics we rounded up in

Fab Fabrics: Bike Inner Tubes

December 21st, 2010 | by Becky Striepe

You might not think of a bike inner tube as a fabric, but you can use the rubber as a great, durable textile! Most bike shops just toss blown out tubes once they've finished the repair, so there's a good chance you can score some inner tubes for free if you hit up your local bike shop and ask them to save some for you. Free and totally recycled? Sounds fab to me!

Fab Fabrics: Modal Made From Beechwood

December 14th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe

Have you guys heard of Modal fabric? It's made using pulp from beechwood, and a lot of folks are touting it right now as an eco-friendly alternative to more conventional rayons

Fab Fabrics: Vintage Lovelies from RetroLabs

December 7th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe

We love vintage fabrics around here. Not only does crafting with vintage materials divert waste from the landfill, your materials basically have zero impact remaining at this point, since they were produced and discarded so long ago. I love the way the right piece of vintage cotton or bark cloth can add a touch of personality to a sewing project

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