Book Review – Sew Eco by Ruth Singer – Win a copy!


As the world starts to realise that we’ve got finite resources and that we can’t just make cheap things and throw them away forever, the message of sustainability becomes increasingly important. I’m paraphrasing hugely with the first half of that statement, but I’m pleased to report that the second half is spot on. People need to become less reliant on the big systems that we are bound by at the moment and learn to fend for themselves and make proper decisions about the materials they use and the things they consume. Ruth Singer’s new book Sew Eco: Sewing Sustainable and Re-Used Materials is here to help.

Ruth is a designer who works exclusively with recycled, natural and eco-friendly fibres and she spends quite some time explaining the various challenges that you may face in making ethical and sustainable decisions. With intelligent argument and clear description the first five chapters set you up for the rest of the book, where inspiration takes over…

The remaining two sections of the book look at home projects and fashion projects that make use of recycled materials and sustainable textiles. There’s a broad range of projects for you to engage with and plenty of ideas for future directions.

I really like this book. It has a great style about it and includes plenty of projects that you will want to try. It helps you understand the challenges that exist within the textile industry and encourages you to reuse and recycle existing materials to give them new life – something I wholeheartedly agree with.

Sew Eco is published by A&C Black and is available from all good retailers.

Why not buy it via the Mr X Stitch Amazon store?

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Competition Time! Win a copy of Sew Eco!

We have one copy of the book for you to win and it’s a doddle to do so!

It’s a two part contest:

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  2. Tell us your best sustainable/eco friendly tip!

(Here’s one to get you to started. If you’ve got old tin foil that you’ve used, give it a bit of a clean, then fold it in half again and again until you have a small square with many layers of foil. Cut it into small strips with your scissors and you’ll sharpen the scissors in doing so!)

The closing date for entries is Friday 6th May, when a winner will be chosen by the random number generator and we will post the result.

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11 thoughts on “Book Review – Sew Eco by Ruth Singer – Win a copy!

  • I save all the ends of thread, yarn, fabric etc. that get produced as I work and use them to stuff 3D pieces.

  • I never waste any packaging my groceries come in. If it can be used as a soap mold, retooled for household storage or papier mached into a birdhouse or similar I WILL find a way to do it.

    My favourite right now is cardboard boxes and tubes, plastic tubs and juice cartons which all make excellent single-use soap molds.

  • lately all of my sewing seems to fall in this category. It’s all been hand sewing (can’t really take a sewing machine all over town with you, at least not easily) done with vintage thread, fabric scraps from my family (lots of sewers and quilters), old jeans and other clothing pieces, and fabrics I’ve dyed myself using natural methods like onion skins, walnut husks, rusted metals and whatever other things I can use to leave marks and colors on cloth.

    As far as eco-tips go, I’m trying to eliminate plastics from my kitchen by just not buying anything that has unnecessary packaging. I also began making my own deodorant over a year ago after a nasty allergic reaction and don’t use shampoo or conditioner, just regular castile soap and a vinegar rinse instead and I swear my hair is healthier and stronger now than it ever has been in the past no matter what treatments and ‘pampering’ I tried with it.

  • Thrift store. Thrift store, thrift store, thrift store.

  • use a handmade cloth hanky instead of tissues! and handmade cloth napkins. little things like that really add up 🙂

  • Jessie Hansen

    30 April 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I like turning cereal boxes (etc…) inside out and using them to mail packages!

  • Turn your old calendars into envelopes. Makes cute/fun calendars doubly useful.

  • Use a Mooncup instead of tampons. Seriously.

  • I use old bubblewrap a lot in my paintings, and I store knitting needles in a Pringles tube!

  • Being a wardrobe supervisor I cut the buckles off of all the old show shoes and keep them in case I need to replace one – they have come in handy I can tell you!

  • Oh my eco. We use rags instead of paper towels, carry our own water bottles and fabric shopping bags (not fabric water bottles!) and get local veggies for cheap at the farmers market (asked for the bruised ones!).

    Also, I don’t eat meat. Huge eco tip.

    And group showers? 🙂

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