Top 10 Modern, Eco-friendly, Printed Fabrics on Etsy

Kalla Textile DesignThe task of finding modern, eco-friendly fabrics is daunting.  Etsy is a fabulous resource of sprouting designers, but can be difficult to search.  My original post on the Top 10 Modern, Eco-friendly Fabric Sources on Etsy was the top post on the Tiny Décor Blog in 2008 and continues to be in the top 3 posts so far in 2009.  I have decided to again do all the research for you to create an updated list for 2009.  There are some oldies, but goodies that remain on the list, but I have also found a few new gems.

Determining what is eco-friendly and what is not is often very subjective.  At a minimum all the fabrics on this list are made of natural fibers with the least amount of conventional cotton as possible.  Some of these fabrics are a linen/cotton blend that is more eco-friendly than a 100% conventional cotton fabric or a synthetic fabric.  All of these fabrics are printed with non-toxic, water-based inks.  Most of these fabrics are screen printed by hand by the designers themselves.

In no particular order, here are the top 10 modern, eco-friendly, screen printed fabrics on Etsy:

  1. Kalla Textiles are handprinted in Japan by designer Hitomi Kimura with water-based inks on cotton/linen blend fabric.  I am personally enjoy reading the Kalla Design blog where Hitomi shares her studio, inspirations, and printing in progress.Kalla Textiles
  2. Aunty Cookie offers limited edition screen printed fabrics by designer Shannon Lamden.  Fabrics are printed with water-based inks on a linen/cotton blend.  Aunty Cookie also carries adorable screen printed fabric trims.Aunty Cookie Fabric
  3. Moyou fabrics are hand screen printed on hemp/cotton blend fabric with eco-friendly, solvent-free inks.  Designer Amy Kerr creates a unique blend of Australian design and Japanese aesthetic.  Learn more at the Moyou Design Blog.Moyou Fabric
  4. Cicada Studio offers linen/cotton blend fabrics professionally printed in the USA.  The newest collection Mod Quad features 4 bold geometric patterns in contemporary colors.  Learn more about designer Michelle Engel Bencsko on her blog Cicada Daydream.Cicada Studio Mod Squad
  5. Hollabee still has a few hand screen printed hemp/organic cotton blends on Etsy.  At the end of last year designer Bianca van Meeuwen entered a joint venture with a couple other Australian designers to create Ink & Spindle.  Her new works can be found at the Ink & Spindle shop.Hollabee Textiles
  6. The Daisy Janie offering continues to grow with a new collection due Feb/Mar 2009.  The designs by Jan DiCintio are professionally printed in the USA on a linen/cotton blend.Daisy Janie Fabric
  7. MARAmiki designs are all hand drawn, then screen printed onto linen/organic cotton blend fabrics by designer Mara Snipes in her Chicago studio.  She uses water-based, non-toxic inks and her fabrics are finished without chemicals or solvents.  See all her designs on the MARAmiki website.Maramiki Linen
  8. Umbrella Prints are hand screen printed on organic cotton/hemp blend fabrics with water-based inks by designer duo Amy Prior and Carly Schwerdt.  They have added a bunch of new yummy colorways this year.Umbrella Prints
  9. Of Paper and Thread fabrics are hand screen printed with solvent-free ink on a linen/cotton blend. Designer Danielle Smeets also shares a visual treat of in progress fabric designs at the Of Paper and Thread Blog.Of Paper And Thread Fabric
  10. Pippijoe fabrics are hand screen printed with environmentally friendly inks on hemp, hemp/cotton blend, or linen/cotton blend fabrics.  Check out the Pippijoe Diary for more of designer Caitlin Klooger’s craft adventures.Pippijoe Fabric

[Images courtesy of 1,2)Hitomi Kimura of Kalla Textile Design, 3)Shannon Lamden of Aunty Cookie, 4)Amy Kerr of Moyou, 5)Michelle Engel Bencsko of Cicada Studio, 6)Bianca van Meeuwen of Hollabee, 7)Jan DiCintio of Daisy Janie, 8)Mara Snipes of MARAmiki, 9)Amy Prior of Umbrella Prints, 10)Danielle Smeets of Of Paper and Thread, 11)Caitlin Klooger of Pippijoe]

Written by Jackie Hernandez

I am a work-at-home mom busy chasing after my son and establishing my eco-business, Tiny Décor. I also write the Tiny Décor Blog aimed at modern parents trying to go green for their kids. Tiny Décor has allowed me to turn a passion for sewing, craft, and environmentalism into a business. Blog writing has become an outlet for me to share my experiences going green, being a parent, and loving the planet.

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  1. It’s alright if you actually like these colors… Personally I don’t go for them. Good idea to post about eco fabrics though – perhaps the range will increase as more people, with varied tastes, become acquainted with the idea of earth-conscious fabric design.

  2. As a designer, I’m curious what prints people would like to see on organic fabric – earth tones, funky colors, subtle nature prints, bold modern prints, or??

  3. Thank you for this post – I’ve been searching all morning for some great organic printed cotton fabrics…you’ve put together a great selection I wasn’t able to find anywhere else! k

  4. I stumbled on this blog and am just realizing how long ago it was written. I guess there is some truth to the old saying that even though things may not don’t come when we want them to, they always seem to come right on time. The information offers a very helpful start in my search for a good eco-friendly fabric resource. Thanks.

  5. I too just stumbled upon this blog and even though it was written several months ago does not change the soaring relevance eco-friendly goods have today.

    I just thought I’d share this line of 100% organic cotton from Birch Fabrics. It’s a fun, bold, fresh, and so modern! I really want to make a baby boys crib set from the fabrics.

    You can see them here: http://www.birchfabrics.com/collections.html
    Just click on the image to see an enlarged version. Just found out the collection will be released March 2010 at http://www.fabricworm.com!

    Can’t wait!

    It’s nice to know about our eco-friendly options. Thanks for this post!

  6. I really wish someone would put out organic fabric in more “traditional” prints. I am trying to make my nursery Country French, but 99% of printed organic fabric options seem to be modern or retro. I may get stuck with plain off-white. Yawn. Is there anyone out there doing traditional prints organically? Like toile or gingham or floral?

  7. Love all the links to hand-printed textiles! I especially like the delicate MARAmiki designs. I also wanted to point out that anyone can do printing like this at home – either by carving your own stamp, or finding a wooden one from India. (We have a few at our boutique here: http://www.atradeforatrade.com/craft-supplies with many more to come soon!)

    I’ve even personally experimented with hand printing using a lotus root. It has a very distinctive pattern, making it a bit more interesting than potato printing. I’d be happy to pass on some pictures of the results if anyone’s interested!

    -Kendra

  8. You know that none of these finished fabrics are certified organicn once they have been printed with these inks, right?
    All of the above designers have used water soluble/ eco-friendly/ non-toxic etc…inks.
    These are all made with chemicals, just slightly less bad than other chemical inks.
    If you actually want to buy organic printed fabric, you need to buy fabric that has been printed with organic vegetable/mineral based dyes, which do not contain, nor have been processed with chemicals.

  9. I’m amazed and dissapointed that none of these listings are actually organic textiles..! You do realize that all of these inks these designers print with are chemical based, don’t you??
    And cotton is the big no no of the sustainable textile industry..!
    You need to do a bit of research if you are gonna blog about eco-textiles again.

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