Sewing by itself is pretty green, and when you add in using old sweaters, jeans and clothes you never wear, you end up making the statement that you do care about the wonderful earth in which we live.
Betz White, an author, designer, green crafter, and successful blogger, has this wonderful book, Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made With Repurposed & Organic Materials. Taking something old and repurposing it into something new is something most of us has heard about, but Betz White makes it look easy.
By its nature, do-it-yourself sewing is environmentally friendly. In Sewing Green, Betz White takes stitching to an even higher level of sustainability, presenting 25 projects made from “repurposed” thrift-store and back-of-the-closet finds and organic fabrics.
White’s whimsical yet practical designs include an apron constructed from men’s dress shirts (and a wallet from the shirts’ cuffs!), a soft blanket pieced from secondhand cashmere sweaters, and even a tote bag refashioned from used Tyvek envelopes.
White dispenses tips on everything from how to deconstruct old garments for reuse in new creations to how to wrap gifts with resusable fabric scraps instead of paper.
If you would like to visit Betz Whites blog click here. She also has written two other books; Warm Fuzzies: 30 Sweet Felted Projects and Felt So Good: Over 30 Irrestistibly Cute, Cosy and colorful Felted Projects.