Browsing the "Fab Fabrics" 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.

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

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

New Year Cleaning: 5 Projects for Your Old T-Shirts

January 5th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

If you're anything like me, the New Year makes me want to reorganize and clean! Often times I go through my clothes to see what fits, what needs to be "retired," etc. If you can't refashion your wardrobe like Becky shared yesterday, there are even more options! Hang on to your old t-shirts to try out these amazing projects! For example, perhaps there are some shirts that you would love to keep for sentimental reasons, or one that has a really fun pattern, but just doesn't fit anymore-- these are the perfect shirts to recycle! The only problem you will have is deciding which one of these projects you should try first!

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

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