7 Dec 2010
As I continue to dive into this A-Z Holiday DIY Eco-Gift Guide, I am reminded once again, that I have yin/yang relationship with shopping. I love stylish clothes (reading Vogue since I was 12), and I have been known to love to shop. But, as I filter everything through a green lens and embrace a simpler lifestyle, I am consciously aware of my consumption.
I recently wrote about two exciting things to hit the fashion industry – Zero Waste Fashion and The Common Treads Initiative. It’s uplifting to know that some conscientious clothing designers and companies are creating sustainable fashion.
What to get an eco-fashionista? Green is the new black. Her commitment to the environment is as strong as her love of a good sale, and she’s got the style to back up her ethics. This is an easy gift type to DIY for because there are two things that eco-fashionista’s can never have enough of…shopping totes and hangers.
Recycled Sweater Shopping Totes
Repurpose sweaters that are either old, torn or no longer fit. Wool sweaters from thrift and secondhand shops can be made into felted functional objects.
What you need:
chalk for marking
What to do:
1. Here are the directions for felting a sweater.
2. Lay the felted sweater flat. With chalk and ruler, mark line from armhole to armhole, parallel to bottom edge, for top edge of tote.
3. Mark handles as shown above.
4. Cut along chalk lines as indicated, then set aside sleeve and neck sections. Turn right side out, then open and refold so side seams are at center front and back. Topstitch or machine-zigzag bottom edges together, approx ½ inch up from hem.
5. Topstitch single layer of top and handle edges. Fold each handle in half with wrong side together and cut edges even and stitch down.
6. If desired, cut patch pocket from neck section, so curved neck edge is top edge. Center on tote front; topstitch in place along side and bottom edges.
Natural Wire and Branch Hangers
Hangers are long overdo for a fashion makeover. One of my most popular posts addressed the issue of how many hangers end up in our landfills. Read HERE to find the answer to that, and how to make 3 types of natural hangers.
Here is the original Planet Green post.
Bag Photos: Canadian Living