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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, 03.42 AMby kshepherd

    Shop your stash! I’m always amazed at the fabric (and project ideas) I’ve forgotten I have.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.40 AMby rre

    turning broken things into cool accessories. i turn one of my watches into a hair accessory..so much fun!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.38 AMby sewjerri

    I love using buttons and ribbing from collars of old shirts. The buttons are always great for decorating and for actual buttoning and ribbing from one shirt can contrast in a good way with another shirt refashion.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.35 AMby elzeen

    What’s your favorite tip for sewing ‘green’? Re-use fabric from thrift shop finds for new clothing or quilting

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.31 AMby nckirk

    I try to sew green as often as possible by repurposing old clothes and shopping thrift stores for material. I also use natural fibers whenever possible. Thanks for this FABULOUS giveaway!! fingers & toes crossed

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.13 AMby shielaimbao

    I used all my scrap fabrics to make a new project:)

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.03 AMby outsidetheaisles

    I like to use thrift store finds, and also castoffs from my own closet. I also save buttons, zippers etc. to re-use. I also try to stay away from polyester etc. and use natural fibers that will actually break down when I am finished with them.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.01 AMby kittynsmokey

    Making fabric from plastic bags and such and re-using all the scraps/misc for other things

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.58 AMby slingstring

    i like to find ways to make new things out of old clothes. saving belt loops, buttons, etc. and of course shopping at SCRAP!!! my favorite non-profit crafty thrift store in PDX to find fabric and tons of other 2nd hand notions for super cheap!!! i haven’t bought new fabric in a looooooong time! yay green!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.47 AMby Ana B

    Embellishing and changing my existing clothing; as well as hitting yard sales and purchasing curtains or bedsheets to make curtains, bags, lately… x-mas ornaments.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.39 AMby andrea-in-vermont

    I use thrifted fabrics and clothing and linens. I also renew “tired” canvas bags with fresh fabric pockets inside and out, giving them a second life. My kids worn-out knees or bums on their pants get covered with beautiful patches, using their favorite animals and colors.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.28 AMby happycontagious

    Simply going second-hand. Thrift store, garage sales, hand-me-downs, etc. =]

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.26 AMby whiteowl

    Use the myriad of blogs and websites addressing refashioning to use your imagination to reinvent your clothing!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.24 AMby happydog

    I’m a big fabric pack-rat. I use the scraps, no matter how small, to make little tooth-fairy pouches, lap quilts, or stuffing for a dog or cat toy or pillow. It’s better than poly-fil by miles!!!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.23 AMby rita61

    Socks usually wear out before the leg band portion of the sock. I use the leg bands of the socks for ribbing on sleeves and pant legs; they work great on PJ’s. I reuse any buttons or zippers and find tons of goodies at the thrift store, especially patterns!!!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.22 AMby peopleshootinghat

    using fabrics with environmentally friendly dyes. OR making your own environmentally friendly dyes!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.21 AMby Kristina Ramirez

    reuse old clothes, sometimes my sister give me clothes she doesn’t use anymore and I refashion them and adjust them so I don’t have to buy clothes for a while also if there is any scraps from one of my projects I use them to make funny dresses for my niece’s dolls

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.20 AMby Kristina Ramirez

    reuse old clothes, sometimes my sister give me clothes she doesn’t use anymore and I refashion them and adjust them so I don’t have to buy clothes for a while also if there is any scraps from one of my projects I use them to make funny dresses for my niece’s dolls

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.19 AMby running-with-rocket

    Refashioning items from garage sales and estate sales into something new and interesting.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.13 AMby gail-made

    Keeping scraps because they will come in useful one day and making new stuff from old. I’m about to turn one of my daughter’s baby dresses into a clothes peg bag for my Mum’s Xmas present.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.13 AMby chezsmith

    for applica’s, and refashioning…

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.13 AMby saganaga

    shirt cuff jar cozies, cut off the cuff of a shirt & slide it on a jar - instant jar cozy !http://www.flickr.com/photos/19337958@N02/4147657155/

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.06 AMby couturecutie

    I like to a) refashion garments to make them look amazing! b) use old scraps of fabric to ‘recycle’ it c) go to the thrift store and cut up clothes to use as fabric

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.05 AMby juliezee

    When I started doing piece quilting I realized that no scrap is too small for using in a new design. It all gets used eventually… even tiny pieces 1 inch square.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.02 AMby pricklypearcactuscandy

    My favorite tip for green sewing is to repurpose vintage bed sheets for quilts and jammies. I have a big bin of clothes to be refashioned too, and now that people know that I will use them they give me their unwanted clothing too. Right now, I have several pieces of Pendleton wool that I’m going to make pillows out of for Christmas gifts.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.01 AMby itssewtime-1

    My favorite tip for sewing green is re-use everything! I use tops that hve shrunk or that I never really liked once I bought them to make my little girl’s nightgowns and sometimes tops for them. I shop thrift stores and yardsales for clothing and linens to use just for the fabric. And my latest “green” project is to sew through a plastic page protector (for a 3 ring binder) and a piece of card stock to make a six-section double sided pocket page. I’m using these “pages” to store my many coupons. And all the materials to make the entire coupon binder were things I already had in my house that were about to be tossed in the trash.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.59 AMby gardnwest

    I have always cut pieces from "retired’ clothing..the buttons, fabric, zippers, pockets….I’ve been doing this forever, as I remember my mother doing it, too, and she was a NY couture trained seamstress!


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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.54 AMby mrslisabrown

    Shop and the thrift store for prospective revamps!!! Like the project I posted!!!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.52 AMby drainl

    Reusing materials whenever possible (old cloths, etc) and putting scraps to use.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.49 AMby happytomodachi

    Sewing by hand rather than machine … and Imagination … the ability to run freely like the wind outside of the box … which I have not quite mastered! ha ha ha! I’m also so grateful for the internet that lets me peek into the wonderful world of creative people who refashion, repurpose, upcylce and inspire us all! :) It’s so nice to know that there are TONS of others who save each scrap, resuse old clothes, shop thirft stores, and welcome other’s trash…and then turn them into treasures. It’s like taking what both my grandmothers did and zapping it with some “fresh” sauce! :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

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