Skip to main content

Resource Library: Eco-friendly Fabrics

I get several requests from customers to find eco-friendly fabrics. And with the rise in desire to save the environment, it is no wonder they are asking for it!
It is important to know that to be truly an organic or eco-friendly fabric, it must be grown, made and dyed by an organic process. And it is almost virtually impossible to know all of this information unless you have the right paperwork.


Organic Cotton - The methods used to make organic cotton should have a low impact on the environment. Organic cottons are made with cotton that has not been treated by pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Not only does the fabric need to be organic, but organic dyes must also be used. Organic dyes come from natural resources such as wood, plants and nuts.

CQA3687 - Organic Cotton Velour - Ruby Red

Bamboo - Bamboo can be a great fabric to work with, but has a bad rep at times, especially in the garment industry. It is one of the fastest growing woody plants that does not need pesticides to help it grow. Many times bamboo is so similar to rayon, that you cannot tell the difference, and that is because it is rayon. Rayon is made from cellulose, a natural material, which go through a chemical process. The cellulose in this case is bamboo. Many times it cannot be made without going through a chemical process, therefore not eco-friendly. 


Recycled Fabrics - Recycled fabric can come from a variety of materials but some of the most popular are cotton and polyester. The great thing is this reduces waste that would go into the landfills. Soda and water bottles are a popular form of recycled polyester. You could be wearing a water bottle!


I found an interesting article from Patagonia. In 1993, they began to use a recycled polyester fleece made from plastic bottles. Most of the fabrics that Patagonia uses are organic or eco-friendly in some way.
The great thing about buying from Fabric Mart is that all the fabrics we carry are closeouts or "leftover" fabrics from designers and manufacturers. Designers estimate how many yards they may need for various designs and sometimes they order too much. This is where we come in and buy up the extra fabric. This is a great way of recycling, otherwise the fabric would end up in the landfill! So even though we do not have a wide range of organic fabrics, we are helping the environment in our own way!


Comments

Popular Posts You Might Like

Made by a Fabricista: Inspired by Ready to Wear

Do you see cute clothes in stores or online and think to yourself "I can make that!"? It happens to me often! I was a pretty big clothing shopper before I began sewing. And though I still buy clothes when I find a great deal, I usually end trying to recreate the outfit instead of buying. That is what happened with this jumpsuit. This black and white jumpsuit leaped out to me when I was scrolling through the gram. If you know me I love black and white, stripes and jumpsuits, so it's no surprise this was love at first sight.When I saw this Be Stripe Back Jumpsuit by Kiomios I immediately thought of McCalls 8047 as the overall shape is similar. I sewed the bottoms straight from the pattern. Yes, I could've added slant pockets like the inspiration photo, but I didn't want to add any bulk. I did however alter the bodice to achieve the looser fit of the RTW outfit. I made the following changes:added 1" at the center foldadded 2" to the hemadded 1.5" to t…

Made by a Fabricista: Inspired by Athleisure

Hey all!  I hope you are all healthy, happy, and sewing!  With this craziness of CoVID, I figured at some point this school year, I will be quarantined due to exposure to the virus.  To get through that time, I decided to make something unbelievably comfortable and also cute.  Right?  Fabric Mart usually has athletic fabric and when I am in the mood to sew it up, I snatch it up!  I've never, ever been disappointed in this fabric selection.  Here is a link so you can explore.  Activewear selectionThis white and pink I used are active wear, not swimwear.  Using swimwear for clothing might drape a little differently, so try it out prior to your full commitment.  In other words, purchase a bit extra and make a muslin.  It helps!  Let's start with the white top.  It is a very simple design, and I've used this style/pattern numerous times and I knew it would fit.  Because the fabric is so stretchy I used SewkeysE tape at the shoulders, necklines, and hemlines.  My serger made q…