Fabulous Fabrics: Recycled Felt (And More) From Hart’s Fabric

recycled felt from soda bottlesKelly posted last week about natural alternatives to icky synthetic fiber felt. I’d like to offer another green twist on a crafting staple: EcoSpun felt from Hart’s Fabric.

EcoSpun felt is made from post-consumer recycled PET plastic bottles. It’s sold in a 72″ width for $5.99 a yard with a minimum order of one yard.

PET, in case you were wondering, is polyethylene terephthalate. PET is the plastic used to make #1 bottles. There are issues with plastic recycling, and I’d rather see fewer plastic bottles made and used in the first place, but since they exist I’m glad there are some options for using them to make new products.

Here are the color choices for EcoSpun felt: blue, yellow, gold, orange, baby pink, shocking pink, fuschia, red, ruby, baby blue, cadet blue, royal blue, navy, grape, orchid, purple, apple green, pirate green, kelly green, white, antique white, cashmere tan, cocoa brown, silver grey, charcoal, and black.

Yes, I just did all that so I could type in “pirate green.”

They also carry organic cotton and organic cotton blends (woven, stretch jersey knit, fleece, several lovely colors of canvas, and terry), hemp and hemp blends in some nice warm colors, and eco-friendly pillow forms and batting.

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Written by Skye Kilaen

Skye Kilaen began sewing at an early age and eco-rabble-rousing shortly after that. Many years later, someone finally told her that there are books about how to make quilts. Life was never the same. In fact, she spent more on her sewing machine than her car. Bringing her green and crafty passions back together, Skye is now happily discovering ways to create beautiful and useful objects using thrifted and sustainable materials. No, that's not just an excuse to visit Goodwill more often. Honest.

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  1. Looking to do art project with EcoSpun PET fabric.
    Questions
    Can the fabric be used for making flags?
    Withstand the use of grommets?
    Can the fabric be drawn on with permanent marker?
    Does EcoSpun tear easily?

  2. por favor , nao falo e nem leio nada em ingles , moro no interior de minas gerais, e fiquei sabendo deste feltro reciclado, e gostaria de saber preço, como comprar etc. por favoe se possivel em portugues. obrigada
    Lucivania

    • You can! I used to use this felt on my cupcake aprons, and I’ve washed my own many times. Just make sure you wash on cold and tumble on low. If you dry on high heat, the felt can melt. I have seen it, and it’s not pretty.

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