W.I.P. Wednesday Earth Day Links!


In many cases, crafting, sewing and other such endeavours are ecological by nature.  I find myself saving bits of everything for use in future (maybe very far future…I confess) projects, saving the buttons and fabric from shirts which are more fit for the rag bag than the garment bag…you get the idea. Here’s a little extra Wipster goodness for Earth Day – a few project links to inspire making and creating with sustainability in mind! Enjoy…

We use cloth napkins, and I was just thinking I should make some new ones, you know, for when guests have to use them…Skip To My Lou has a great little tute on how to make your own cloth napkins. Great timing!

Do you need some organizing help, but hate to buy more storage boxes (even if Ikea has some cute ones!). Consume less, and use things you probably have at home to make some cute storage boxes!


photo from PinkPenguin

I’d really like to try to make these fabric storage boxes over at Pink Penguin with some fabric left-overs. Cute, practical and not buying something new. Earth friendly indeed.

Crazy Mom Quilts has a great fabric storage cube tute that uses former cereal and cracker boxes to keep them sturdy – great idea, and very pretty, too.

There are even some no-sew boxes if you’re sans machine at Wink Designs.

fern_1photo painted fish studio

Would you like to try to print on fabric, and not even have to use a drop of ink? Well, Painted Fish Studio shows you how to make the most lovely Fern Prints using, well, ferns and a hammer. Talk about non-toxic!


Photo Grosgrain

Using hankies may seem a little outdated, but I think it’s a great way to cut down on buying disposable tissues, and really I think there’s something romantic about having a hankie. Maybe I just like saying hankie? Anyway, Grosgrain has a great monogrammed handkerchief tutorial that I’ve been meaning to get to…I think these would make a great gift!

Have you come across any specifically Earth-friendly tutes or crafty ideas? Leave me a comment or send me an email – I’d love to give them a shout out!

13 thoughts on “W.I.P. Wednesday Earth Day Links!

  1. i’m an avid hankie user. love them. i have a huge collection of old hankies from family members that have passed on (grandpas, great aunt, grandmas), and using them is kind of sentimental too.

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  2. Hankies are awesome. I embroidered some last year for Christmas for my grandfather and dad. And I am all about cloth napkins. That is all we use around here. I will have to try and make the fern napkins. They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing such great links.

  3. These are such great ideas! I might have to try some eventually.

    P.S. I completely agree with you about the hankies! I love them!

  4. look at all this earth day awesomeness! i love the links, Shelly – and you bet i’m gonna check ’em all out! i especially love the idea for some fabric storage boxes! yay!

  5. I love the idea of reusing mouchoirs, je sais pas si Chaz serait d’accord, but I’d love to get into the habit of doing that instead of wasting so much paper.

  6. I’m bad about saving bits of ribbon and other scraps for some future art project that will probably never happen. But you just made me feel better about my pack-ratted-ness. At least I’m saving all that stuff from a landfill, right? 🙂

  7. I love these links! I have been wanting to make more cloth napkins for awhile since most of my current ones are getting a bit icky (not my fault!). I shall click the link! And, I am an advocate of the hanky!!!!! No more tissues in my apartment.

    Thanks so much for sharing such great links! Hooray and Happy Earth Day Shel! Hey, when is Guppy’s B-Day? I’d love to send her a card.

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