{Eco Tutorials} Summer Accessories – Make a Necktie Cuff Bracelet

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This tutorial assumes a basic knowledge of hand-sewing and comes with a serious caution – be super careful with the box cutter! Another caution – if you value your fabric-cutting scissor, do not use it to cut plastic – it will dull the blades. When working with neckties (one of my favorite materials to repurpose), [...]

{Food and Gardening} Healthy Eating at A Better World Cafe

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There’s a new trend in dining-out across the U.S.: the Community Cafe, where the driving philosophy is a sustainable world where all may eat.  One such eatery in Highland Park, New Jersey, A Better World Cafe (BWC), began serving sumptuous, healthy food in autumn of 2009. Housed in the Quilt Room of the Reformed Church [...]

{Eco Tutorials} Cloth Lunch Bag and Utensil Pouch

Clockwise from top-left: Cloth napkins by Picnic Basket Crafts and Johnson Family Zoo, lunch bags and utensil pouches by HerbanLuxe and LindaEve

If you read last Sunday’s post, you already know that Eco Etsy’s indomitable co-captain, Karen Lee, had quite an adventure on 6 March, giving her presentation on “How to Green Your Business and Save Money” at Martha Stewart’s Dreamer Into Doers event. Nice going Karen – we know you rocked the show! A few of [...]

{Eco Tips} Scaling a Mountain of Fabric Scraps

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Recently I posed a question to my fellow seamsters of Team EcoEtsy: is it safe to put fabric through a paper shredder? Why, you may ask, would I consider such a hair-brained idea? If you’re like me, you hate wasting fabric, even the smallest of scraps, and I have a veritable mountain of them! I [...]

{Eco-Tutorial} The Itch-Free Shrunken Wooly Sweater Hat

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Have you ever mistakenly tossed a wool sweater in the wash and wept over its transformation into something that might fit a 6-year-old child? I have. More than once. I recently came across a great remedy for the shrunken sweater blues - a wonderfully informative crafting video by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood of craftsanity.com.  Jennifer presents super-simple instructions for making [...]