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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 8, 2009, 03.14 PMby Sonja Hoyle

    I love shopping the thrift stores for sewing treasures! Not only is it inexpensive, but a fabulous way to repurpose into newly loved clothes and quilts!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.07 PMby nimue

    Use recycled fabrics, of course. Then when they get old, reuse them again: washcloths, rugs, dusting rags, rags for shining shoes, filling for softies and cushions out of sweaters.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.06 PMby sweetroll

    I use anything I can to make new projects, old sweaters, sheets, pieces of old quilts, old dishtowels.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.06 PMby redheadedjen

    I love reusing clothes like sweater to make different things from purses, hat, pillow covers, you name it.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.05 PMby outtahand

    I cut off the buttons of old clothes and use them for kids crafts etc. and upcycled felted sweater projects. To fill quilts for kids I sew together mattress cover samples and sandwich them between the top and backing. I use donated fabrics to sew quilts for Mennonite Central Committee . They send them all over the world to under priviledged families. It feels good to repurpose fabric and accessories!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.05 PMby west549

    Love to shop thrift stores for sweaters to remake into scarves, slippers, etc.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.05 PMby west549

    Love to shop thrift stores for sweaters to remake into scarves, slippers, etc.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.04 PMby ambermhaynes

    use what you have!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.02 PMby gardienne

    I take apart old shirts and make bags out of them. :)

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.59 PMby karen-old-beginnings

    repurpose, definitely! whether it’s just using up scraps, or taking apart garments, tablecloths or old draperies – I save & use every bit. If I had to buy it all, I wouldn’t be as creative, or make as many things. It’s how I’ve always sewn.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.45 PMby asie112

    I love recycling fabric and old garments. I have been saving up many of my old tee shirts for a quilt I plan to make. Also, it isn’t uncommon of my to take my friends’ old clothes and make them into something for them.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.36 PMby non-partisan

    I’ve always remade old clothes of interesting fabrics. I especially love to rework silk indian saris cos the colors are always so rich and vibrant.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.36 PMby sewbella

    I love to find old leather skirts and jackets and upcycle to new bags for my little home grown business!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.33 PMby tallysoma

    I rarely buy new fabric. I scour thrift stores and tag sales or use other pieces of clothing to make a new item.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.32 PMby kelkel38

    My favorite tip for sewing green is to save and use all scraps and selvages. There are so many wonderful projects that can re-purpose these little bits of fabric so they don’t go to waste! Selvages and long skinny strips also make great ties for Christmas packages, so don’t be shy about cutting costs and not buying tons of ribbon this holiday season.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.28 PMby isla-thom

    I save all of those extra buttons from bought blouses and sweaters. I also do not throw away any out of fashion clothes, but recycle the fabric. I buy organic whenever possible.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.26 PMby sewmariette

    I pick up old buttons and trims at yard/garage sales. Great for embellishment. I also save batting scraps for small projects and stuffing.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.24 PMby zulfikar

    Refashion old clothes is the best way to be organic and fashionable in the same time.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.10 PMby ana555

    i go to second hand stores, use my own old clothes, look for local people selling unwanted fabric, and use unsewable fabric for stuffing toys.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.06 PMby bossame

    you need to have a big space to store all of the things that can be made over!! My mantra..“Don’t throw that away, we can use it for something.”

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.03 PMby stmoonpie

    You can find a way to reuse/repurpose anything!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.02 PMby nancyalexis

    To use old pieces of clothing and turn them into other pieces that I mostly use around the house.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.01 PMby jennsquared

    I find decent quality clothes from used store and upcycle them!!!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.57 PMby so-wabi-sabi

    I like to use thrifted fabric and accessories (belts, necklaces) to make new items.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.47 PMby badkitty-1

    I use leftover fabric to make other items, recycle clothes from home and flea markets into other things and dye pale fabrics with tea and onions to give them a new lease of life.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.46 PMby trish2610

    We save old clothes and repurpose them. The vast majority of the time we make them into quilts and donate most of them to charity, but with some of the old clothes we try to make something new, that we can wear, out of them!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.39 PMby ellyk11

    Thrifting! Don’t overlook something because it is not your style. Recycling old clothing is a great way to update your wardrobe!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.27 PMby januacoeli

    Recycling old clothes that are beyond giving away.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.15 PMby whirlstrom

    I like to use the trimmings that are left over from hemming my pants to make parts of bags.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.04 PMby biku

    My favourite tip for sewing green is using worn-out clothes, cutting them into strips, and using them either for quilts (pre-broken in!) or braiding them into rugs. I’m currently making a cat-basket out of old jeans. :)

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