I try to always keep a notebook stashed in my purse, don’t you? You never know when you’ll need to write down a phone number, jot down an idea, or make a little grocery list on the fly! Sure, you can use store-bought notebooks, but where is the fun in that? Instead of shelling out cash for something mass produced, you can create cute little notebooks from reclaimed materials instead!
Is bamboo fabric as eco-friendly as marketers claim?
The short answer is that there is no short answer. There are upsides and downsides to bamboo fabric, and I think it’s really up to you as a crafter to decide if bamboo fits into your eco-crafting ethos. My pops always tells me to give the bad news first and the good news last, so let’s start with bamboo’s downsides and then look at what’s good about bamboo fabric.
I talk a lot around here about eco-friendly fabrics, but let’s talk about about why it’s important to opt for these alternatives. They’re often more expensive and harder to find than conventional cotton, and I think sometimes we forget the “whys” behind green crafting.
My friends Karen and Mary are launching a brand new line of DIY beauty craft kits — Herban Crafts — that are so much more than just materials and instructions. They strive to create the most eco-friendly kits and beauty products possible, and they are socially responsible to boot! Instead of getting their craft kits assembled in a far-off factory, they are hiring unemployed women in transitional housing as part of a job training program. That means that not only are Herban Crafts’ kits good for you and the planet, but each kit helps these women learn real-world job skills. Pretty awesome, right?
This elastic waist skirt took me about 30 minutes to make. It could take you a bit less time or a bit longer, depending on your skill level, but as making clothing goes it’s super duper simple. Here’s how to make your own elastic waist skirt tailored to your measurements.