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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/8 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today’s we are giving away two great prizes from Betz White, her book, Sewing Green and a 5 piece sample set of her amazing organic fabric.

By its nature, sewing is environmentally friendly. In Sewing Green, Betz White takes stitching to an even higher level of sustainability, presenting 25 projects made from “repurposed” thrift-store finds and organic fabrics.

White’s whimsical yet practical designs include an apron constructed from men’s dress shirts (and a wallet from the shirts’ cuffs!), a soft blanket pieced from secondhand cashmere sweaters, and even a tote bag refashioned from used Tyvek envelopes. Along the way, White dispenses tips on everything from how to deconstruct old garments for reuse in new creations to how to wrap gifts with resusable fabric scraps instead of paper. Inspiring profiles about well-known leaders in the eco-stitching movement are sprinkled throughout, and a complete resources section helps crafters make eco-smart choices. With Sewing Green, today’s sewers will be fashioning handmade heirlooms and sustaining traditions for generations to come. Find out more, check out her blog

Inspired by the season, the latest Betz White organic print collection is cast in a rich palette of Indian Summer. Brilliant Goldenrod, Bittersweet, Orchid and Moss are grounded by Sweet Mulberry, Peacock, and Chocolate Brown. Digitally printed on demand, the 100% Organic Cotton 4.5 oz sateen drapes beautifully, has a lustrous sheen and is ideal for apparel, home décor, craft projects and personal accessories. Original design by Betz White professionally printed in the USA. The 5 piece sample set consists of the following prints: Indian Summer Floral, Deep Bright Stripe, Wood Pile, Peacock Sprig and Mulberry Sprig. Each cut measures 9"h x 13"w (approx. 23 cm x 33 cm) To see the full line of Betz White organic fabrics, check out betzwhite.etsy.com.

To enter, just leave your comment answering this questions by noon EST 12/8:
What’s your favorite tip for sewing ‘green’?

We want to congratulate mama3davis on winning yesterday’s two books from Nicole Smith: Fashion DIY: and DORM DÉCOR! Her comment was chosen at random from all eligible entries. Thanks to everyone who entered and good luck in today’s giveaway!

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    Dec 10, 2009, 03.01 AMby jacstar

    I am raiding my grandmothers cupboard at the moment and finding some great fabric for the kids and myself.

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    Dec 9, 2009, 08.39 PMby zbella

    I use the kids clothes that might not fit them anymore or have a small stain or hole in them and use it for different types of crafts.

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    Dec 9, 2009, 06.16 PMby andsewon

    Remaking a vintage garment into something more modern.

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    Dec 9, 2009, 04.56 PMby plemos

    I recycle old bed sheets to make crocheted rugs for the bathroom. Practical, green and fun! ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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    Dec 9, 2009, 12.56 PMby lrknn

    thoughtfully choosing new fabs, repurposing (like making gramma’s old fur into a throw) & saving scraps/odds leaves my cupboard ready to take on (almost) anything I can dream up

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    Dec 9, 2009, 12.01 AMby ahtomlinson

    My favorite way to sew green is to use recycled fabrics from old clothes, sheets and hand me downs. I make things with the fabric and save every scrap larger than two inches squared. I then make patchworks and turn them into placemats and coasters.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 10.35 PMby loyl8

    Besides recycling old clothes and usingeco friendly fabrics…i go to thrift shops and buy a lot of my fabrics, sometimes I can get yards upon yards for cheap. There is also a line of recycled water bottle felt that i use sometimes.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 10.01 PMby buttongrass

    Raiding Nanna’s wardrobe!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 09.10 PMby inaida

    I recycle almost everything ! buttons from jackets…I make purses or bags with old jeans… Use scraps for patchwork…

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    Dec 8, 2009, 07.59 PMby halfcosta

    Using All Organic Material. Trying to use Only USA Made. :)

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.19 PMby isybug

    mend things that have fallen apart, buy from thrift stores and reuse the fabric for something wonderful, take apart old knitting to make something new!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.06 PMby sugareater

    I like trying to work with materials on hand, collecting scraps, saving fabric items past their original use for recycling, and buying secondhand.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.05 PMby becca-lou

    Make truely beautiful peices that are hard wearing so you will never want or have to throw them away and wont be adding to the waste dumps

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    Dec 8, 2009, 05.42 PMby festin

    Don’t forget about the water footprint! 1 kg of cotton exports 2000 kg of water from the production country, which is an arid third world country, in most of the cases. Use your own water and that do not take theirs away. Use local wool, local fibres etc.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 05.27 PMby suewanda

    My tip is “never throw it out” – keep all your old clothes etc because you never know what you might be able to repurpose them into one day.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 05.00 PMby thusholt

    Making new clothes out of old ones, and keeping the scraps to make something new(:

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.55 PMby amica

    My green sewing tip – keep a ‘small scraps’ bag and use that fabric to make quilts, rather than newly purchased fabric. The tradition of quilting came about because it was a good way to use up scraps. Now we purchase expensive new fabric and cut it up, just to sew it all back together again.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.52 PMby tofucottage

    I love shopping at thrift stores for inspiration. I always find interesting patterns and fabrics to reuse.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.35 PMby Lennette Daniels

    I save all of my scrap fabric and yarn for stuffing or scrapbooking projects. We also recycle gently used clothing for fabric.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.33 PMby rkindelspire

    Use what you have! It’s amazing what you can find in your own stuff to turn into something lovely! For notions always check the thrift stores! There is one near me that almost always has zippers, binding, cording, etc still in the 1970’s package for 29 cents :)

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.28 PMby moonsilkcookiesface

    I hit my closet first for reusable material like: shrunken sweaters, ragged out jeans, pillowcases and short belts or I float over to craigslist to look for free scrap fabric and swatches. But what keeps my projects “green” is I don’t take out the fabric till I have envisioned it’s final piece. I like to sew with purpose and usable intention like making a hat out of one pant leg and a pencil case out of the other leg and left over scraps become a cute coin purse( jean on one side different scrap on the other) not to mention the rad pair of shorts my old jeans became in the first place!! if not teddy bears with patches! I love patchy teddy’s :p

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.19 PMby kf154

    I check out thrift stores and my closet for old fabric.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.53 PMby mareike23

    I use all my fabric scraps for crafting with my kids at school – there are great things they can make out of the smallest pieces.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.52 PMby wiseacre

    Using scraps as stuffing for softies.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.50 PMby engrbyday

    Turning old clothes into new by reconstructing them instead of buying new all the time. Also throwing out as little fabric as possible by turning scraps into something else.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.43 PMby kiwibrooks

    I love reusing fabric! I have some shirts and pants that I cannot bear to part with so I find ways to reuse them: turn them into purses, gift bags, quilts, shopping bags, use them for scrapbooking and many more!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.37 PMby stefalufagus

    Repurposing thrift store finds.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.34 PMby outofthebox

    Betz White is the BEST!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.29 PMby Jessi Edwards

    Thrift Stores, free promotional shirts/tote bags and outgrown clothes are my keys to sewing green

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.18 PMby diysara

    Using vintage fabric and scraps are a great way to keep green while sewing :) thanks for the chance :)

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