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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, 07.49 AMby galatina

    I love saving all the little little left-over scraps and making decorations with them – like button covers or flowers. Not sure my boyfriend loves all the fabric about the place though!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 07.42 AMby abbyr

    I like to haunt antique shops and consignment stores like Goodwill to find materials to work with! I especially LOVE finding old buttons.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 07.20 AMby maxwell

    Shopping at charity stores for fabric, great buttons, and garments you can alter for a more modern look.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 07.10 AMby Laura Hoffman

    My favorite tip for sewing green is use your imagination to explore potential for re-use, pick-up great ideas from those around you (thank you internet!) and share the wealth of information and reusable products with others.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 07.07 AMby xnickerxje

    I save all my thread scraps- you know, the pieces you cut off when you knot your thread? I use them as wadding/padding in small dolls. It is amazing how much waste is created by thread cut offs.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.50 AMby patriciafavre

    Take clothing that I don’t love and repurpose , refashion it into other sewing projects.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.42 AMby gedwoods

    Some of my best projects have been made out of remnants and leftovers…

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.24 AMby kiko72

    this is a wonderful giveaway!! I’d love to win and wrap them up to put them under the tree for me!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.22 AMby robynvinessmith

    I love the feeling of turning someone’s old linens into something beautiful and new.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.16 AMby anneeza

    making cloth diapers for my kids and cloth-pad for me

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.07 AMby thehandmadequilt

    Oh how yummy those fabrics look! I wish I could win this giveaway! It will definitely be put to good use :)

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.01 AMby thong

    i save all of my scraps and make quilts out of them!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 05.36 AMby aliciak

    Turning materials purposed for something into something else! For instance, if you have too many pillowcases but dig the fabric, turn them into bags or shirts!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 05.22 AMby chocoeyes

    At the thrift store, look for alternative sources of textiles such as art canvas, purses, even shoes and slippers.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 05.15 AMby nsellis

    Many times I can find vintage fabrics and give them a new purpose. There are so many gorgeous fabrics out there to use, but they don’t have to be new!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 05.14 AMby whitneyr

    thrifting instead of buying new! it’s more fun that way, anyways.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 05.10 AMby eberry

    using scraps as filler for cat toys

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    Dec 8, 2009, 05.08 AMby spetersn

    Im a pack rat so I save even the tinniest bits of fabric, but I also upcycling anything I can get my hands on.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 05.01 AMby Sarah Lorde

    felt used wool sweaters from thrift stores.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 05.01 AMby merrywa

    We have group sewing nights where we share. I also reuse old clothes, projects etc and make them ionto new items.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.54 AMby 3togetready

    Thrifting old clothes and linens, or finding great things at yard sales!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.54 AMby rebshabur

    Umm, this might be sewing lazily instead of sewing green, but I save thread (and time) by using a lot of jersey, fleece and felt, so I don’t have to finish the edges! I also use all my leftover tiny scraps to stuff things like toys.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.28 AMby kellyned

    I loved a tip I read about using old towels, etc. for batting when sewing small quilting projects. I would love to win this giveaway. Thanks so much for doing this!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.20 AMby lester

    I am just getting started with sewing, so I don’t have any green tips. Although I did sew my first project…the charlie bag…with thrifted and upcycled fabric.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.09 AMby 5294sandras

    I sew green my using all of my scrap fabric pieces. I use them to practice new stitches, make throw pillow covers, making pouches for my makeup or gift cards. I am currently using the pieces to make a reusable grocery bag, so I am excited to see the end result.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.09 AMby railyuh

    definitely shopping at the thrift store for old linens, fabrics, and clothes!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.00 AMby skemommle

    My favorite green sewing tip is to buy fabrics, new or old, that come in as little packaging or from as near a distance as possible.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.58 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I love being ‘green’ by scouring the thrift stores and finding items that I can give new life to through sewing :) Also I love making my own shopping bags.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.53 AMby beach650

    I love rescuing ugly things from thrift stores and repurposing them into objects people love again.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.45 AMby littlepinkbutton

    I try to re-purpose old garments, bed sheets, etc… and give them a second life before I attempt to use new fabric or purchase new fabric. I also hold on to just about every fabric scrap, as they do come in handy in a pinch.

    My favourite though it using old (wool or cotton knit) sweaters and making them into mittens!

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