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Fabric Fancier or Domestic Goddess?

At Gecko Grove are always looking for ways to lighten our footprint on the planet. The 1MillionWomen site is full of useful tips and we have a few good ones of our own. Wearing an apron when cooking is not only a sensible health and safety precaution but also it saves wear and tear on your clothes and reduces water and detergent needed for washing.

Most of us are aware of the “plastic problem” and are trying to reduce food and packaging waste. However a less well known waste problem comes from the clothing industry.  The scraps and trimmings from clothes manufacture, the surplus to requirement rolls of material, and the clothing rejects all build up.

So we have designed a range of aprons made from salvaged material. I was fortunate to stumble on a stock of material from a closed down fabric shop.  This material was siting in a shed and headed for the dump but it is all beautiful quality. The aprons feature material designed by Holly and printed to order by a wonderful boutique fabric printer – Spoonflower. Spoonflower do small print runs with low chemical dyes and also offer some eco and organic fabrics.

Our aprons include the figs, eucalyptus and herb designs and are available from our market store.  We have had some lovely customers buy them for Mothers Day gifts, birthday presents or simply as a treat for themselves.

Each apron print is also available as an Art Print and Greeting Card via Holly Dickson’s Etsy page.

There are a lot of crafty ideas to use material scraps.  As I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I use my material scraps to make pot holders which you can make with some patchworked scraps of material and batting in the middle for insulation.

What are your eco-friendly sewing ideas?


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