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Monday, February 22, 2010

Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials Book Review

Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials Book Review

About This Book: 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. Along the way, 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.

Inspiring profiles about well-known leaders in the eco-stitching movement are sprinkled throughout, and a complete resources section helps crafters make eco-smart choices. With Sewing Green, today’s sewers will be fashioning handmade heirlooms and sustaining traditions for generations to come.

Our Take: We've been through a lot of sewing books in our day.  My wife is a seamstress and she creates a lot of her own clothing by re-using and re-making old clothing, so we felt that this book might be of interest.  We werent' prepared for just how amazing and innovative it was going to be!

This book not only teaches one how to sew some creative projects, but if has a large focus on actual repurposing.  One great example is a sunshade made from Capri Sun fruit drink pouches and a picnic blanket made from old vinyl tableclothes.  The author even goes as far as to include paterns in the back of the book for your use!

In a day and age when we're all not only trying to be green, but to save a few dollars, this book is well worth the investment.  It can help you to recycle and re-use all sorts of old household items to make new and useful ones.  Its absolutely amazing and unique.  This book would make a great gift for anyone of any age. 

Where to Buy: or on the official Abrams site