November 29th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
We love recycled felt around here! It comes in a rainbow of colors, diverts plastic waste from the landfill, and is just a joy to cut, glue, and sew. Do you need some craft ideas for your stash of recycled felt? We've got you covered with these 10 projects!
November 10th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
Fused plastic fabric diverts waste from the landfill, but is it green? Let's weigh the pros and cons!
October 6th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
Check out how I repaired my old mannequin to give it a brand new life with just a few simple supplies!
October 1st, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Want a re-usable cloth bag that's branded with what YOU like, sized and shaped like a conventional plastic bag but stretchy, so that you can fill it even fuller?
Okay, and do you want to make it WITHOUT sewing?
You won't have to sew a stitch to make these grocery bags out of your favorite old T-shirts
September 25th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Need a gift bag, or a box of exactly a certain size?
Check out my personal collection of my favorite templates and patterns for DIY bags and boxes of all shapes and sizes, along with my suggestions for what recycled or scrap materials would be best to make each from.
September 11th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
For my partner's 35th birthday, I made him a Star Wars T-shirt quilt in a log cabin style, pieced together with complementary fabrics from my fabric stash
September 4th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
For our upcoming trip to Walt Disney World, I sewed my two daughters matching dresses from one vintage Snow White-themed flat bed sheet
August 29th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
It's still sweltering here in Atlanta during the day, but we've had some nice cool mornings and evenings lately. Fall is in the air, and this light, cozy t-shirt scarf is just right for those cool-but-not-cold times of day
August 1st, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
Instead of buying your next dog bed at the store, you can sew your own using an old sheet set or one you find at the thrift store!
July 2nd, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Read on for six projects designed to make perfect use of a single upcycled flat sheet
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.
June 18th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
The Lil Blue Boo Recycled T-Shirt Sienna Dress is written to be used with upcycled T-shirts, and because of this, it has some real advantages over conventional sewing patterns
June 16th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
If you had told me that I'd be talking passionately about the 2012 Farm Bill on a crafting website, I would have never believed it, but a recent proposed amendment to the monster bill could have a big impact for green crafters by making it legal to grow hemp in the U.S. But will it pass
June 12th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
These sewn business cards, which utilize two layers of scrap fabric, a recycled paper base, and your complete business information, are a little more work than your ordinary business card, but they're beautiful, eco-friendly, quite thrifty, and they'll certainly stand out in a crowd. Here's how to make them
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
June 6th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
We've talked about the dirty side of cotton here before. Conventional cotton is an issue that's really close to my heart, so when I read the latest battle between big ag and Indian farmers, I thought I'd share it here
May 16th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor
Here's how I've managed to combine my love of vintage clothes, vintage fabrics, and thrift stores: A circle skirt created from a thrifted vintage sheet
May 14th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
An upcycled tank top is a quick and easy sewing project to make from any old T-shirt
May 9th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
If you've every cooked with turmeric, you know that it stains fabric like gangbusters. Heck, it even stains your hands, if you handle it too much. The property that calls for caution in the kitchen is your ally if you're looking to dye fabric a cheery shade of yellow! Here's how to make a batch of fabric dye from turmeric, water, and just one other ingredient that's most likely already in your kitchen!
May 1st, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Although making your own Waldorf doll is a complicated and time-consuming craft, it is not especially difficult, especially with all the generous tutorials and thoughtful patterns available to walk you through the process. Here are all the resources that I've been using as I create Waldorf dolls for my own children
April 30th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Even if you regularly sew lovely dresses, it can be easy to forget that you must also often sew the correct foundation garments for those dresses. Here's how to sew a full petticoat using parts from an upcycled formal gown
March 7th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
I was taken aback when a reader recently asked if we could look into the rumor that Spoonflower outsources some of its printing production to South America and uses child labor. Organic cotton printed by a company that exploits children would be far from green, in my opinion!