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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, 01.02 PMby didi7g

    I love finding uses for old or damaged clothes that I would have thrown away. Such as cutting the stain out of my husband’s flannel shirt and making the rest into quilt blocks.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 12.58 PMby xtsayre

    Whenever I’m cleaning out the closet, I first make a separate stack of things that have stains, holes, or other flaws, and I keep these for the beautiful fabrics, for making small gifts and household items.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 12.48 PMby froufrousuesue

    I try to use as many fabrics from my mom as possible for crafting and sewing. She never threw away anything! (depression child) which is my gain!!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 12.40 PMby petiet

    i use old ties from 2nd hand stores to make bags of them! check out www.creationsofpetiet.blogspot.com

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    Dec 8, 2009, 12.32 PMby kallers

    Shopping for fabric at thrift stores!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 12.31 PMby agdin

    re-use something old to make something which will keep you from using something disposable. Like cutting up bedsheets to make grocery bags or repurposing fabrics from old garments which can be used as hankies or dishcloths.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 12.30 PMby ipires

    Refashioning second hand garments, including my own! Trousers to skirts are a favourite :)

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    Dec 8, 2009, 12.23 PMby martham

    I love re-purposing older clothes from my mother and mother-in-law. The fabrics are amazing. And it gives me ongoing remonders of the fabulous women in my life.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 12.21 PMby ladylk

    saving scraps, recycling t-shirts, sheets and everything you think you could trow, keeping buttons and zippers from old clothes!!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 12.13 PMby asilversun

    I save every scrap, knowing I can use it again. Some of my favorite appliques have been inspired by the shape of the scraps they came from!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 11.09 AMby ssoheila

    I have not seen sewing green magazine. Please send me more information.

    Thanks Soheila

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    Dec 8, 2009, 11.03 AMby tiramisoo

    Recycling and refashioning charity shop buys

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    Dec 8, 2009, 11.03 AMby breiwi

    You can buy fabric from thirft stores

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    Dec 8, 2009, 10.52 AMby thirtydaysseptember

    repurposing garments and using goodwill and other thrift stores as fabric stores

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    Dec 8, 2009, 10.41 AMby grete

    I have put up a note in the kindergarden! that I will gladly help you off with your old jeans, woolen clothes, curtains…and I re-do them into new clothes, bags and small projects like flowers. I love it!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 10.22 AMby ddw113

    When I discard clothes because they are worn out, I remove all the buttons and add them to my button tin. By doing that, I can almost always find a button in my stash when needed on new projects.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 10.00 AMby amadea79

    Go and swap cloth with your friends, recycle old clothes!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 09.57 AMby leanor

    Refashioning – with the number of old pieces of clothing my mum and even dad still have and will never wear again, reusing the old material and/or designs is a great way of creating new things ecologically.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 09.34 AMby magnolia729

    reuse old clothing with new cuts, give away not liked items for those who like them better then me:-), use up all the rest left behind at cutting (for decoration and accessories). use burda pattern copy sheets to avoid using up loads of copypaper. take the rest to recycling points when possible. reuse accessories like zips, buttons etc

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    Dec 8, 2009, 09.33 AMby burcu

    Using old clothes, table clothes, bed linens…

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    Dec 8, 2009, 09.29 AMby cervus

    Reuse old clothes and sew sth for my children, use scraps to decorate childrens’ T-shirts etc.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 09.21 AMby carmencitab

    I love cutting up very large vintage t-shirts into form fitting ones.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 09.09 AMby pilarination

    I always save all my old clothes to recycle and make new things. For instance, I created a chair cover out of old T-shirts, a skirt out of an old dress, a dress out of an old T-shirt and a nightgown… Lots of possibilities!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 08.58 AMby taniac

    Keep absolutely everything! offcuts of ribbon make great tags for hanging scented heart pillows made from the children’s old pyjamas. The buttons off school shirts etc make great decorations when clumped together stuck on old luggage tags and put in frame with off cut little bits of fabric. Any fabric that’s to small to be used in any other way makes new stuffing for the dogs beds. Keep everything and find a new use for it, it’s easy and fun.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 08.49 AMby lokicat

    I love making jackets, skirts and bags from old curtains found in charity shops.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 08.40 AMby Julie Kennedy

    moth eaten wool , rescued, washed and fulled to wool felt. Love it for making many items.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 08.34 AMby gramlisa

    Recycle Reuse and Repair

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    Dec 8, 2009, 08.33 AMby begysh

    I use non-toxic fabrics for the world and my skin.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 08.05 AMby dare

    I’m trying to be thrifty at the moment so I only buy fabric when I know what project I want to do, and what fabric I want. Then I make sure I finish that project, so there are no “loose ends” on my purchases. Minimise the footprint!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 08.01 AMby tracylee

    Ever since I first read Betz White’s book, Warm Fuzzies, I have buying wool sweaters from thrift stores and felting them for many great projects.

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