Sewing Green by Betz White Ups the Ante on Eco Crafting


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Sewing in and of itself is already pretty darn green. Footprint, schmootprint, there's just no substitute for rolling up your proverbial sleeves and taking the DIY route, without having to navigate the quagmire of ethical sourcing and fair compensation. But in Sewing Green: 24 Projects Made With Repurposed & Organic Materials, felting queen and crafter extraordinaire Betz White—have you swooned over her luscious cupcake pincushions?—sees your seam ripper and raises you a pile of deconstructed thrift-store sweaters.

An old men's dress shirt is magically transformed into a winsome café apron; a plastic-bottle ring, wrapped in woven fabric and festooned with vintage buttons, becomes an adorable napkin ring; wool suiting, felt scraps, and plastic-bag stuffing sprout a whimsical woodland draft-dodger; while boiled woolens are refashioned into a kicky forest-inspired foliage scarf. With lush photos by John Gruen and profiles of eco-crafting trailblazers like Alabama Chanin, Crispina Ffrench, and Harmony Susalla peppered within its pages, Sewing Green is a veritable trove of planet-friendly crafting resources and uplifting, decidedly modern designs that cast cast-offs in a whole new, verdant light. Mother Nature would be proud.


Photo credit: STC Craft

Photo credit: STC Craft

Photo credit: STC Craft

Photo credit: STC Craft
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