Category Slow fashion DIY

Slow Fashion DIY Tutorial: Textured merino scarf

[pinterest] You can probably tell by the photo that I have a little announcement to make! I am lucky enough to be expecting my second child around New Years, and this has lead to whole world of sustainable maternity fashion. I was sustainably minded during my first pregnancy, but I thought that sustainable maternity options didn’t exist, so I didn’t investigate. Now I know that I was wrong! There are

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The Travelling Stamps: Part 3

[pinterest] The stamps have continued their journey, making a stop in the US mid-west where ethical fashion blogger Hannah of Lifestyle Justice added her creative flair to the project. In case you missed parts 1 & 2 of the travelling stamps collaboration, you can find them here and here. I was pretty excited when I saw Hannah’s efforts- she actually made a printing ink from Beetroot juice. As you may know, I am big fan

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The Travelling Stamps: Part 2

[pinterest] You might remember a few months back that I collaborated with Elizabeth Stilwell of The Note Passer to bring a series of posts on printing with rubber stamps. You can find more information about the first stage of our collaboration here. The second stage of our collaboration involves posting my hand-carved stamps to fellow sustainable fashion bloggers to make their own creative project using the stamps. This was inspired by the original

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Mending Kit: A simple sewing kit for basic mending

[pinterest] When you are new to sewing it can be a little overwhelming knowing where to start or what to stock your sewing box with. Mending your existing clothing can be a great place to begin learning basic sewing skills, before you are game to tackle a whole garment for yourself. Learning the basics of mending is the simplest and most cost effective way to improving the sustainability of your

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Mend & Make Do: Simple Button Revamp

[pinterest] One of the biggest reasons that items can languish unworn in the back of the closet is missing buttons. These simple additions to our garments often seem to be the most shoddily attached and they are frequently lost. This isn’t a major issue if you’ve kept hold of the spare button that was attached to the swing tag, or if you’ve found the button that has fallen off. All

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Slow Fashion DIY Tutorial: Leaf Designs for Carved Rubber Stamps

[pinterest] Welcome to another slow fashion DIY tutorial. This week’s tutorial is one in a collaborative series between tortoise & lady grey and The Note Passer on the topic of printing with rubber stamps. The first two presented beginner techniques. If you missed them, you can catch up with Rubber Stamp Making 101 and Rubber Stamp Making 201. Today’s tutorial will teach you how to carve more detailed designs by making two leaf

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Repurpose Round-Up: A new life for your tired old t-shirt

[pinterest] Last week we celebrated Earth Day, which gave us an important opportunity to reflect upon the impact that our lifestyles have on the natural environment upon which we depend. Earth Day is an important reminder for us to reflect upon our impact. But I am of of the camp who firmly believes that every day should be Earth Day. It is a valuable practice for us to reflect upon

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Design and Make Your Own Rubber Stamps

[pinterest] Last week I was pleased to be welcomed for a second guest post on The Note Passer, presenting a tutorial for beginner techniques in cutting your own rubber stamp designs. This is the second post in three month collaboration between tortoise & lady grey and The Note Passer. You can find more information about this collaboration and The Note Passer, as well as links to the first post here. The next

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Printing with Rubber Stamps for the Absolute Beginner

[pinterest] This week I was pleased to present a guest post on one of my favourite blogs, The Note Passer. The Note Passer- written by New York-based creative Elizabeth Stilwell- explores design, photography and ethical fashion. This guest post is the first in a colloborative series between tortoise & lady grey and The Note Passer which explores rubber stamp making techniques for printing on paper and textiles. This first post teaches readers beginner printing

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Slow fashion DIY tutorial: Turmeric-dyed Easy Hand Knit Cowl

[pinterest] I am so pleased to bring you this tutorial for this super-easy hand-knit cowl. The piece is especially designed to encourage readers to take up knitting for the first time, it really is an absolute beginner project, but the final result is quite striking. It is also a follow up to last week’s post on the environmental impact of dying. The striking colour of the scarf has been achieved

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