Ideas For #sewingleftovers

Have you seen the new sewing challenge #sewingleftovers? Launched by Shauni of The Magnificent Thread the idea is to come up with ways to use up your scraps and I quite frankly love it! You can read all the details of how to take part here on her Instagram page. I am so excited to see more conversations around sustainable sewing cropping up everywhere and seeing as tomorrow is the start of Fashion Revolution week I thought it would be a good time to shed some light on this new sustainable sewing challenge!

I don’t think there is any better way of showing your commitment to sewing sustainably than using up all your fabric. That fabric has used resources to be produced, you chose it and bought it – why not use all of it? Being careful with leftovers is one of the easiest ways that home sewists can be more environmentally friendly and less like fast fashion manufacturers in their impact on the planet.

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Happy #iscd2018

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Happy International Sewing Community Day! This lovely celebration has been created by Hattie Van Der Krohn and Athina Kakou. It is to salute this wonderful International Sewing Community and create a special occasion where we can celebrate the wonderful online and real-life relationships of sewists worldwide!

As a part of this day, Hattie and Athina have been encouraging everyone to make a party outfit to join in with their virtual party around the world. I didn’t make the skirt in this outfit, it is this skirt from Palava that I have owned for years, but I did make the top. Read More

Tablecloth Dyeing

I have a love/hate relationship with Dylon dyes. I absolutely love that they can be used to update/upcycle existing garments and reinvent textiles such as bedding and tablecloths for my home sewing projects. I hate that they are so polluting and use so much water. I cannot decide which is worse, disposing of my old clothes and textiles that I would happily use if they were a different colour or using the dyes to change them. I had two Dylon machine dye pods in my stash that I bought in a Hobbycraft sale last year, I felt like I should use them but after this I am hoping to spend the summer researching and experimenting with natural dyes. Read More