Making your own clothes has seen a huge resurgence during the pandemic as many people have looked to crafts to keep them busy and aid their mental health. Among those of us who were already making, there’s been a lot of talk about becoming more sustainable in choosing the materials we use, but what about the tools we all take for granted?
If you’re new to the sustainable lifestyle, one of the most appealing aspects of living life without waste and reducing your resource impact is almost certainly an economic one. By making choices based on quality and ecological impact, you often inherently choose items that are designed to last or can be easily fixed.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about whether wool is a sustainable material to craft with and I deliberately didn’t go into superwash wool in that post, as I felt it needed a separate explanation. So here we are!
Sustainable plus size clothing – or better, size inclusive clothing – is becoming a popular fashion market by the day, which is fantastic.
If you have offcuts of around a metre, can you make any clothes with them? Yes, you absolutely can. Let’s take a look at some options for your offcut projects.
In the crafting world, plastic is everywhere – from product packaging and plastic tools to materials which contain plastics (and often aren’t clearly labelled as such). So how do you go about crafting without plastic?
How do you know if the materials you’re choosing are more or less sustainable than ones you were previously using? This question comes up a lot when discussing whether wool is a sustainable material or not, so I thought I’d take a look into it.
Right now, we’re seeing the development of some pretty exciting technologies, including a growing number of leather alternatives.
Vegan ‘leather’ is usually a ‘faux’ material, produced to feel like the real thing. Depending on how that leather is made, you’ll find that some vegan leathers are sustainable, and some vegan leathers are definitely not sustainable.
I decided a while back that I wanted to make my handmade garments more ‘me’ by embroidering designs onto them that reflect who I am and what I like. Most embroidery I’d ever done was very basic, so I decided that it was about time I learned to do more complicated embroidery.