5 Tips to Make Your Sewing Hobby More Environmentally Friendly
Hey y’all, today I’m sharing some of my favorite tips for sustainable sewing, to make your hobby more environmentally friendly. As is my philosophy in most of life, I think moderation is key. I don’t expect most people to only sew sustainably sourced secondhand fabric or never throw a scrap away. What I do think is that being conscious of your choices and choosing more environmentally friendly options when you can helps. And bonus – the more sustainable choices are often less expensive, which is not the case for every environmentally friendly choice.
5 Tips for Sustainable Sewing
If you’d like to lessen the environmental impact of your sewing hobby, here’s a list of tips to help:
- Learn how to mend. Mending allows you to wear your clothes longer.
- Find fabric in re-use centers or thrift stores. I love Austin Creative ReUse in my area.
- Use old clothing as your fabric. This can be your own old clothing, or clothing from thrift stores. Upcycling clothing into new things keeps that fabric out of the landfill longer.
- Check out antique stores and estate sales for fabric and notions. Make sure to consider textiles like tablecloths and sheets and what they can be made into.
- Use up your scraps. Fabric scraps can be made into reusable “paper” towels, makeup remover wipes, quilts, small accessories, etc.
I talk more about the points above in the video below, which you can also watch on YouTube here, and show examples of some of the projects on this site that are more sustainably sourced and made.