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Our Review

Betz White's latest release, Sewing Green offers 25 projects to make with natural and recycled materials, which means that you can do something good for the environment, while making something great for yourself.

The book starts with guides to working with recycled materials, thrifting for a bargain and hunting out a gem in the rough. Create a Striped Cafe Apron from an old work shirt, keep your feet warm with Recycled Sweater Slippers, create an Auto Sunshade with Caprisun packages, or give your home some outdoor charm with a Woodland Draft Buster.

The tutorials are all in depth and come with handy tips and tricks to help you along the way. Breath new life in to unwanted items and create wonderful new accessories for you, your bag and your home. 100% guilt free.

You can pick up a copy of the book from Abrams Books now.

Publisher's Description

By its nature, do-it-yourself 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 and back-of-the-closet 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.