Vegan Crafting Made Easy: Vegan Sewing Supplies

One of the main things I hear from non-vegans about the vegan lifestyle is that it seems difficult. While I agree that any lifestyle change is tough, I don’t think going vegan is any harder than any other big life change. It takes a little bit of research, a bit of knowledge, and some compassion.

Where does the compassion come in? Veganism is all about compassion: choosing a cruelty-free lifestyle and supporting animal rights. I think that compassion extends beyond what we choose to eat, wear, and craft with, though. It’s about being compassionate to other people and to ourselves. Did you accidentally make a purse only to realize later that it has shell buttons? Don’t beat yourself up! You’ve learned something, and you did your best. There will be other purses, right?

If you’re concerned about keeping your crafts vegan, it’s as simple as keeping an eye out for animal products and opting for cruelty-free alternatives. Here are some tips to get you going:

  • Opt for natural, non-animal fabrics like hemp, linen, and organic cotton.
  • Choose organic cotton or synthetic thread.
  • Buttons are a sneaky source of animal products. Look for wood, glass, and vintage plastic. No bone or shell, since these are animal products.
  • Most sewing notions are already vegan, so just look out for common animal products like wool. When in doubt, Google it!

I’m sure we’ve got some other seasoned, vegan crafters out there! What other fabrics and sewing notions can contain animal products or be tested on animals? Let’s share some knowledge in the comments!

[Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by cedwardmoran]

Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .


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  1. I can totaly get on board with this. As I’m new to veganism (It all started because of milk intolerance) & I love to sew I find the concept of vegan sewing totally cool! I do have questions though. I’ve been sewing most of my life & people are always giving me things they think I can “use or RE-use”. Before i became vegan (for diet reasons) someone gave me an old leather coat. As Im also a firm believer in not waisting things & recycling, as both being viable and reasonable options – at that time i didn’t see the “harm” in turning it into something else. I always heard growing up that old saying “waste not-want not”. So my question is basically-what is your opinion? Am i still doing “harm” to RE-use something? Wouldn’t it have done as much harm thowing it away just to add to the landfills? And please don’t think I’m trying to start an argument…I really am interested in learning more, and in your opinions.

  2. I’m vegan and I’m just hand sewing at the moment, and I recently watched a video about how sewing needles and pins are made using an ‘electroplating’ process to harden and shine up the metal in a glycerin bath. I don’t know how old the video is. I’m searching for more info on this….

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