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Sewing Green with Betz White

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to Betz White, author of Sewing Green, 25 Projects Made with Repurposed and Organic Materials.  If you don't already have a copy of this book, I think you are missing out.  Betz has filled it with fantastic projects, aimed at the advanced beginner to intermediate sewer.  There is everything from a reversible skirt and produce bags to a car sunshade and log shaped draft buster.  We talked about two of the baby projects.

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Erin:       Hi, Betz.  Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me about your new book, Sewing Green.  I received my copy a few weeks ago and really have enjoyed looking through it.  It’s so inspiring!  There are many projects that I want to make.  I chose to start with the baby quilt because a dear friend of mine just had her first baby and I wanted to make her something special. 

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Putting this quilt together was fun and easy!  You did a great job on the project design and instructions.  I love that you call for organic materials for this quilt.  Why do you think using organics for babies is so important?

Betz: Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed making it. It’s very sweet! Organic cotton fabrics are such a natural choice for babies. Everything from the cultivation of the fiber to the production of the fabric is done without the use of toxic chemicals. (Inversely, the production of conventional cotton uses 25% of the world’s pesticides!) We do so much to protect our babies and their sensitive systems from the time we are pregnant to their earliest days and on through their youth. We feed them healthy and organic foods, wash their clothing in mild detergent, etc. Wrapping them in organic cotton is just one more way to be gentle to their bodies.

Erin:       When my girls were born seven and nine years ago, there weren’t many organic fabrics on the market.  The few options that were available were all very similar, as well – mostly unbleached and undyed cottons.  There are so many more choices now!  Both the darling aqua print on the front of the quilt and the snuggly sherpa on the back are organic cottons.  Have you also noticed that organic fabrics are easier to find?  Why do you think that is?

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Betz: I agree! My boys are the same ages as your girls and the market has definitely started to change since they were babies. However, there is still a long way to go. I encourage everyone to consider organics when buying new fabrics. You’ll be doing right by the environment and yourself. Money talks and we can increase demand for these sustainable practices by choosing organics. (Shown here: Aqua print by Harmony Art Organics. Organic sherpa backing from NearSea Naturals) Look for more organic fabric options hitting the market soon, including (fingers crossed) a line from yours truly!

Erin:   Really?  That's exciting!  The batting you sent me for the quilt is made out of corn!  So cool!  It was wonderful to use and it’s better for the planet than a traditional cotton batting.  Why is using eco-friendly materials a better choice?

Betz: Crazy that your quilt is made with corn, huh? The fiber is referred to as PLA, a polymer made from lactic acid found in corn. It’s manmade but 100% nature based, breathable, washable and biodegradable. Other batting made from poylester is not biodegradable, but there are some made with recycled polyester. Sometimes the most “eco-friendly” option isn’t clear, so it’s up to us to educates ourselves and be aware of false “eco” claims, otherwise known as “green-washing”.

E:       The stuffed dog is such a sweet toy!  I really enjoyed making it.  It’s made with a felted cashmere sweater.  I love taking something that was meant for one use and giving it a second life as something else.  I know you do a lot of that, too.  Can you recommend other items that can be repurposed for children and babies?

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Betz: A washed cashmere sweater has got to be my number one favorite repurposed material for babies. Dad’s soft sweats or flannel shirt are also nice materials for baby pants or tops.

Erin:       I think you did a fabulous job with this book.  After reading it, I find myself thinking twice before running out to the fabric store.  Instead I’m looking around me and seeing how I can use what I have.  Thanks for the inspiration and for taking time to chat with me.

Betz: Thanks for hosting me on the tour!

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There's more!  Betz and STC Craft are generously giving away a copy of her book, Sewing Green.  To be eligible for the drawing, leave a comment on this post before Thursday, April 30th at 1:00 p.m. EST.  I'll announce the winner tomorrow.

As a side note:  I followed Betz's directions exactly on the quilt and the dog.  Everything in these two patterns - amounts of materials needed, directions, etc. - was completely accurate.

I'll be back tomorrow.

Comments

Bettina

I just purchased my first piece of repurposed fabric from an etsy shop.. repurposed fabric and organic fabrics are new to me. My daughter is using bamboo batting on her quilts!
I would love to win this book.. please enter me in the drawing!

rustandroses

I've heard so many great things about this book! I'd love to see all of the wonderful ideas for myself! :)

Nancy Gagnon

Hi Betz!! I have enjoyed your blog tour so much! I'm sad to see it come to an end. Thanks for all of your tips & inspiration!!

Margie

Oh, please pick me, I need this book! Your baby quilt is great, who would of thought of corn batting! Thanks for the giveaway.

meg

put my name in the hat!

tracy

Thanks for the interview, Erin and Betz. It's always nice to hear an author talk about her book--this one looks great.

Candice

Thank you so much for posting the interview, as I just went through my closet last night and now am inspired to use some of my unwanted sweaters and morph them into puppy dogs. I would love to win this book; thanks again for the opportunity!

Missy knits

I am dying to try the felted leaf scarf on the cover of this book! Your baby quilt and stuffed dog came out perfect--what great projects!

Grace

ack! what adorable projects! i would love to get my hands on a copy of this book -- it sounds awesome.

Sherry

What cute projects! I love all that I've seen from the book so far!

Sherry

Such cute baby projects. This book looks great!

nikki

I need more ways to use my old fabrics. This book is on my must-have list.

edina

Great job on the quilt and dog and thanks for sharing your Q&A with Betz!

Michelle

Oh, I've been wanting that book! :)

Panamomma

I would love a new book. I purchased Weekend Sewing after your book tour. Thanks for the opportunity.

Cami

I would love to win this book! Your dog is so cute and that quilt is so sweet. I would love to make both for my 6 month old baby boy.

melissa

this book is definitely on my *want* list!

leelee351

Love that little quilt and doggy! Betz is terrific, so creative. Love all the news about organics-it really is a new world these days.

Fun Mama - Deanna

This book looks like so much fun. I'm trying to find ways to reuse old clothing that would otherwise be heading for the trash. I can't wait to see this book!

Michele

The projects look fantastic! And this book is currently on my Amazon Wish List. Thanks for the great review.

r0ssie

I've had my eye on that book...I hope I win! -Rossie

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I really like the design of the quilt and of course your fabric colors are always so great!

Katie

Such beautiful projects. Thanks for sharing with us!

andrea_nicole

"Can you recommend other items that can be repurposed for children and babies?"

Did I miss the answer? Is it a cliffhanger, perhaps? ;)

MegVS

Beautiful projects and book! Glad to hear the instructions are complete too!

Mary Jo, Five Green Acres

Looks like a great book! And I look forward to the possibility of Betz White organic fabric designs!

Beth Walker

This is getting added to my library and SOON! Thanks for the post.

kate

The quilt is lovely--and the little dog is so sweet! I really like the idea of repurposing materials as well.

dani@littlefists

Lovely!

Aileen

Great interview. Thanks for the review of the book. So much buzz about the book, I'll have to get a copy! Thanks again.

Deanna

These look great, I love the sherpa!

MichelleJ

Ooooh, I'm so excited to see more organic fabric choices! Love the ideas, and such beautiful projects.
Thanks for sharing, as always :).

Leslie

That looks like a great book, it's on my wish list at Amazon.

water works

Great post and interview. I want to make a similar quilt for our little #4 on the way. Good thing I have the summer to finish my long list of necessary items. I will check our local stores for organic options. I like the idea of the corn batting. Thanks again!

Katie m

Love the two items you made from this book. Your blog is is so inspiring to me, keep up the good work!

Nova

Please add me to the hat! I would love to receive this book.

Lorrie

Betz' projects are always great! I've heard so much about her latest book - all of it wonderful!

Lorrie

Bridget

That little doggie is so cute and think the book is such a great concept. Would love to be considered for the giveaway. Thanks!

Jen Gough

The dog is so cute! This book has been on my wish list!

Thanks!

Elizabeth

Sweet projects and a very lucky mom & baby. Looks like an awesome book written from a very important perspective.

MeganAnne

Such beautiful projects! I'm loving the colors you've choosen.

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

Becky

I would love to win this book! Please pick me! The idea of recycling is wonderful!

Ariane

Wow! Looks like a great book. I would love to win a copy! Pick me Please :)

Kim D.

Love the idea of using what we have, instead of just buying more. Will have to rummage around and see what I have that i could use.

Kari

I'm always looking for ways to be green!

Andrea

YAY! I have been sort of stocking this book. It would be wonderful to win one. Thanks for the great interview.

MzTallulah

They are such cute projects! As a new mama, I'd love to be able to have a book on being greener with my - sparse! - crafting.

Andrea Sadgrove

I would love this book, I definitely need another excuse to go thrifting!

amyp

I've heard nothing but great things about this book. Thanks for sharing your insights here.

Renee DeGroat

Great projects. I would love to win the book and see more. (and of course sew them) :)

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