Hi friends! Today is all about sustainable and organic fabric options for the consciously minded sewist. In my quest for a handmade, ethically sourced wardrobe, it's been difficult to find fabric manufacturers that are well known and also conscious of how their fabric is made. Part of the issue with the clothing industry is not just who makes the clothes and how they are treated, but what fabrics are used and how those fabrics are processed. For example, did you know that cotton is one of the dirtiest crops on the planet? And not in a Christina-Aguilera-music-video kinda way. I've had to do some searching to find sustainable, organic fabric, and even then my options are limited.
Obviously, one of the best ways to acquire sustainable clothing is hand-me-downs, clothing swaps, or the thrift store. I'm all for that, and I'll do plenty of re-fashioning on this blog, don't you worry. But sometimes a girl just wants some brand new, shiny fabric to make something and indulge her creative process, amirite? So cultivating a list of places that will indulge my creative urgings while also satisfying my need sustainability sounds like a win-win to me.
This is a list I hope to keep updating and expanding as I learn of more companies who are purposeful in their ethical business practices, so feel free to share any that I don't have listed here. The more, the better, in my opinion!
Sustainable, Organic Fabric Resources:
- Organic Cotton Plus - They have a beautiful selection of organic cotton fabrics from muslins to voiles to sateens. I used one of their navy cotton sateens to make this version of the Anna dress from By Hand London.
- Fabric Worm - They have tons of organic cotton fabric for quilting and other craft products. I think they are geared towards quilting more than garment sewing, but nevertheless a good resource to have.
- Honey Be Good - This online fabric store sells fabric from a variety of merchants, and even sells organic cotton batting and thread!
- Cedar House Fabrics - Another online store that sells fabric from a variety of organic cotton merchants. Ships internationally!
- Stork and Me - This Etsy shop has tons of organic fabrics for baby blankets, quilts, knits and more. Great selection and great seller ratings.
- Birch Fabrics - This vendor has a great selection of knit and woven fabrics in fun colors and prints.
- Mood Fabrics - I add this with a caveat - many of the fabrics from Mood, although I totally love their selection, are not organic. However, they do sell some organic cotton, hemp, and raw silk. If you are looking for their eco-conscious items, search "organic" in the search bar, and that should narrow down the selection a bit.
- Spoonflower - Spoonflower prints fabrics on demand using eco friendly dyes. They print the exact amount of fabric needed, so there is little wasted fabric or dye.
- Pick Natural - This site sells organic cotton, linen, and hemp fabrics. There is a minimum order of 10 yards, so it's best for larger projects.
- Donna Flower - An online store specializing in antique, vintage or retro fabrics. A great way to add a blast from the past to any project.
- Revival Fabrics - Another online retailer that sells mint condition vintage fabric from the 1920's through the 1970's.
- Retro Age Vintage Fabrics - An Australian shop which offers a range of beautiful and eclectic vintage fabric. They sell all types of varieties from sheeting to sateen.
I'm looking forward to sifting through these retailers to see what goodies I can come up with. What organic or sustainable fabric retailers do you know that aren't on this list?