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How to Source and Repurpose Fabric for Eco-Friendly Crafting

Various fabrics stored on shelves

Join me on this thrifty adventure that not only minimizes our environmental impact but also infuses our handmade creations with a touch of uniqueness.

Friends and Family: "Fabric Fairy Godparents"

Let's start with the wonderful support system I like to call my "Fabric Fairy Godparents." Aka amazing friends and family members who are always on the lookout for textile treasures that I might find useful. Whether it's old curtains, cotton clothing, or bed linen, they keep me in mind and give me first dibs before it goes to the charity shops. 

eBay Adventures: Where Vintage Dreams Come True

With a click here and a bid there, I find myself falling headfirst into a rabbit hole of fabrics with a rich history. I’ve bought some absolute gems from e-bay.  It's a thrilling experience to give these well-loved textiles a new lease of life. 

The Magic of Online Platforms: Facebook Marketplace

In the vast realm of fabric-sourcing, there's one online platform that has bestowed upon me many delightful surprises - Facebook Marketplace. From a collection of nearly 200 fat quarters in every imaginable colour at a bargain price, to an offer of 3 suitcases full of beautiful fabric for a donation to charity, Facebook Market Place is definitely one of my very best friends! I have had to to move fast though as the competition for these amazing bargains is high. I set my app to “notify me” and snap up those bargains and breathe new life into fabrics that might otherwise end up in landfill. 

Freecycle

Freecycle is an online platform where generous individuals give away items they no longer need.  You might be surprised by the fabric treasures waiting to be discovered. Remember, if you don't ask, you'll never know what hidden gems you might be missing out on. Just put up a "wanted" post and unveil the unexpected fabric wonders that await you. 

Building friendships and collaborations

This is a delightful part of my fabric journey. Enter Julie, a lovely lady who runs a soft furnishing business, you know things like cushions. Her use of stunning, often designer fabrics caught my eye. It didn't take long for us to strike up a friendship, and soon enough, Julie began offering bags of small off-cuts at discounted prices. It's a perfect match since I typically need smaller fabric pieces for my projects, while Julie requires several yards for her creations.

cupboard full of folded fabrics

Through the support of friends and family, the excitement of online discoveries, and the beauty of unexpected donations, fellow fabric enthusiasts, let's continue saving hidden fabric treasures and turn them into something beautiful. 

Further Sources for you to Explore

Upcycle That

Upcycle That is a comprehensive online resource dedicated to inspiring and educating individuals about the art of upcycling. From furniture to fashion and everything in between, Upcycle That offers a wealth of ideas, tutorials, and inspiration for transforming discarded items into something new and valuable. With a focus on sustainability and creative reimagining, Upcycle That encourages readers to tap into their creativity and contribute to reducing waste through the power of upcycling. 
https://www.upcyclethat.com/

Craftsy

Craftsy is not explicitly positioned as an eco-friendly platform. However, it indirectly promotes sustainability by encouraging the reuse and repurposing of materials through various crafting projects. By teaching people to make their own items, Craftsy reduces the demand for mass-produced goods and supports a more sustainable lifestyle. Additionally, crafting often involves upcycling and using existing materials, which helps to minimize waste. While Craftsy may not have specific eco-friendly initiatives, its focus on creativity and handmade creations aligns with sustainable practices. 
https://www.craftsy.com/

Etsy UK

Etsy is a popular online marketplace where you can find a wide range of handmade, vintage, and eco-friendly fabrics. Many sellers on Etsy specialize in upcycled and repurposed materials, allowing you to find unique and sustainable options for your projects.

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