Welcome to week five of the #GBSBSewalong and this week we’re all doing our part for the planet because it’s Sustainability week!
From sewing with scraps to scouring charity shops, this week is all about getting creative and most importantly, sustainable.
For week five of the challenge it’s time to dust off the unconventional materials to get yourself the perfect sustainable sew.
Sustainability week is all about looking outside of the sewing box and we’ve rounded up a range of clever ways to get you started below. From printing your own fabric to duvet cover dresses, it’s time to get inventive!
The great prizes just don’t stop when it comes to the #GBSBsewalong and so this week we’re excited to share some special treats from Closet Case patterns, The New Craft House and Tilly and the Buttons:
$75 Closet Case Patterns voucher
Stock up on your pattern stash thanks to this amazing $75 gift card from our lovely friends over at Closet Case Patterns. Will you pick the #Sewcialists favourite, The Jenny Dungarees, or perhaps you can try your hand at some tailoring with the beautiful new launch of the Jasika Blazer.
£50 New Craft House fabric voucher
Did you hear? The lovely girls over at New Craft House not only do amazing workshops, but now they have a studio chock full of fabrics and this week you could win a £50 voucher to spend on their online shop!
Tilly and the Buttons online workshop voucher – RRP £50
Did you know that everyone’s favourite beginners pattern company, Tilly and the Buttons does online classes too? With a range of workshops including ‘Making friends with the machine’ to ‘Sew your own shirtdress’ you can learn from the comfort of your own home and in your own time. This week, we have a voucher for access to one of these amazing online courses and it could be all yours!
This week it’s time to get inventive so here are some clever ways to create a sustainable sew for this weeks challenge:
Sustainable fabrics are on the rise and here at Sewisfaction, we’ll definitely be stocking more over the coming months after a positive reaction to this beautiful bamboo based fabric. Made with 78% bamboo, it’s not only beautiful to look at, but it’s super soft and good for the planet – triple win!
Duvet cover dress
You may have seen across Instagram that lots of sewists love to whip up me-made outfits in fabulous, printed duvet covers and why not? They’re often available in 100% cotton and you can always find them at bargain prices in charity shops. We love this Orla Kiely duvet dress from @Melthorley.
Got a fabric in your stash that isn’t quite doing it for you any longer? Fear not, Pinterest is packed full of ways to dye your stash using all natural products, all found in your very own home – beetroot coloured cotton anyone?
Print your own
Remember this gorgeous print on the Tilly and the Buttons ‘Stevie dress’? Well turns out it was printed with a parsnip – that’s right A PARSNIP! Great again for anything in your stash that you’ve fallen our of love with, printing your own is a great way to create sustainable fabric – just don’t eat the parsnip after! Read more here.
Got a piece in your wardrobe which just isn’t for you anymore? Why not take a leaf out of the ‘Bee’s’ book and try your hand at an upcycle? With no time limits and a tonne of inspiration across the web, why not fall back in love with your wardrobe again? Upcycle via @sarahtyau
So hands up sewers, who is joining us for week five? Comment below and let us know what you’re sewing and don’t forget to use the hashtag #GBSBsewalong so we can see your makes. Finally, click here to sign up to the Sewisfaction newsletter to get all the challenge and prize details first.