eco fashion

  1. Pretty shoe makeover (pictured)
  2. Creative espadrilles (pictured)
  3. DIY Denim wedges (pictured)
  4. Glitter and glue
  5. Shoe refashion
  6. Create a shoe
  7. DIY Summer sandals

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This book could not have arrived on my doorstep at a better time. Just when I am beginning to experiment and discover a love for dyeing naturally (oh did I just say that?). This book The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday Ingredients. By Sasha Duerr (Timber Press January 2011), is a treasure trove of natural dyeing tips and advice and practical recipes!

From intense blues to soft grey, these gorgeous colours are all harvested by your garden or the farmers market – what could be more natural – so if you are interested in naturally crafting, or slow crafting then experimenting with natural dyes is for you. I found this interview with Sasha I love the terms slow fashion and soil to studio I also love that Sasha is re-connecting with the environment and with the traditional crafts – helping to revive plant dye knowledge. Sasha says When you work with organic botanical color sources, you are literally working with living color – I love that! Naturally dyeing is so accessible Sasha also says “if you can cook, you can dye”.

More about the book here and the author here.

Part of a week of natural crafting and lifestyle books here at whipup.net

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This simple hand-stitched skirt is made from a jersey knit fabric and is perfect for layering underneath another skirt or to wear on its own. Get the tutorial/pattern at sneezerville.

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This bottle cosy is made completely from old t-shirts and some fleece that came from a rummage sale sweater. tutorial at sneezerville.

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Day five in the refashion roundup … and the last day – hope you have enjoyed the refashion roundups – and been inspired to refashion rather than throw out and buy new!

Long sleeved safari to short sleeved feminine: a tute [see pic above]

super ruffly spring t-shirt

colourful petal t-shirt

men’s cycling t-shirt refashion

cute refashioned cardigan

ruffly anthro inspired singlet

modest maternity mini skirt

tuxedo tank top tutorial

more underwear from t-shirts

For the kids
some decorative touches on a denim jacket

linen beach pants from a mens shirt

toddler shirred dress from pillowcase

boy’s wrangler t-shirt

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