I was about to write a blog on jazzing up your home on 2nd hand or what you already. I never look at curtains/bedding/clothing as what it is. I look for its potential.
Stripey shirts (in similar colours) can be mustered into patchwork throws, bedding, table linen and the like. Curtains can be made bigger with a toning fabric of a similar colour.
And there is a lot to be said for picking up something to be stored for later use, just because you like the fabric. Over the many years of building my stash I have come to notice similar patterns or colours. It will happen to yours too!
Making your own clothes will ALWAYS be much more ethical than buying something off from the High Street.
BUT I think sometimes it is easy to overlook the environmental impact of cotton and other fabrics, and yarn too.
Conventionally farmed cotton uses vast amounts of water (about 200 litres to make a t-shirt) and pesticides. And the farmers are often working in appalling conditions for significantly less than a living wage. And that’s before we even get to the sweat shops where the fabric is made, and the dyes that are added etc.
One easy way to ‘side-step’ all the issues behind contributing to the demand for conventionally farmed cotton is to source second-hand material. It might still have been conventionally made, but at least your purchase isn’t directly driving the demand for fabric made in this way.
So here’s my guide to where to find pre-loved fabric, haberdashery supplies and…
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