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Where to Buy Organic Fabric Online?
Buying Organic Fabrics Online
Finding organic fabrics locally is nearly impossible, at least in my area. While I can spend hours creating an organic meal to serve to my family, and serving it in my chemical free kitchen, I have a real problem supplying them with safe fabric napkins and tablecloths.
The Internet is a fabulous source of all kinds of organic and fair trade fabrics, and I was amazed at the selection. I have learned about fabrics I did not even know existed, like cruelty free Tussah Silk. Most online shops allow you to purchase swatches, and I suggest that you do so to be sure that you are getting what you want in color and texture.
A lot of the shops also carry notions, batting, and buttons of natural and recycled materials. In this way you can create an entire project that you can feel good about.
Near Sea Naturals
Near Sea Naturals is not only a purveyor of organic fabrics and supplies but is very concerned with the ethics involved in the production of fabrics and sewing notions. They want to know where their products come from, how they are made, and which producers and suppliers are involved. By knowing these things they can carry only products that they feel good about selling, and you feel good about buying.
They carry sustainable, organic, and ethical fabrics and notions of all types. Remember that silk I was telling you about? Well this is where I found it. Apparently, the silkworm is allowed to hatch from the cocoon before the cocoon is harvested. The moth cuts through the silk fiber of the cocoon, and as a result, the fibers are shorter than if the cocoon is steamed with live silkworm inside as in the standard silk gathering process. These small fibers are hand loomed in India to produce an irregular, woven fabric that is gorgeous!
New Sea Naturals carries buttons made form coconut, bamboo and other natural, sustainable materials.
Organic Cotton Plus
I found more homespun types of fabrics at Organic Cotton Plus. Organic cotton flannels, denims, and chambrays at reasonable prices are a big part of this company's offerings. Knits, terrys, and organic laces also can be found on this site.
110 inch organic cotton sheeting is available on site, as well as other wide widths of organic fabrics. Any of the dyed fabrics are colored with low impact dyes, according to the Global Organic Textile Standard. The patterned fabrics are rustic, retro, and very unique.
I fell in love with the hand made organic laces. They are beautiful, perfect for any heirloom sewing project. My concern is that the lace is made in Slovenia, out of fiber that is grown in Peru. That seems like a lot of traveling to me, and would seem to add a bit to the size of the carbon footprint of the lace.
They also carry organic cotton batting, as well as loose organic cotton for stuffing toys and pillows. The company is owned and run by women. They have a commitment to sustainable business practices, as well as supporting programs in their area that support battered women and children.
Vreseis is a fabulous site. Not only do they carry organic artisan fabrics, but also fiber of all sorts; sliver, fleece, and artisan yarns.
This site is the hardest to explain in words, you will have to check it out yourself. Everything is very much hand done, organic, sustainable, and wonderful. If you have always wanted to spin cotton sliver here is a fantastic resource for several different, natural colors of it.
If you have been unhappy with the choices of fabrics and colors so far, wishing for something brighter, perhaps, then PM Organics is the place for you to go next.
This company was born out of a co-op for women who sewed diapers. Two of them, Pei and Marie decided to pool funds and buy as much organic fabric as they could and try to sell it. They seem to have done well.
As the site comes up you are immediately greeted by exuberant pinks and oranges. There are many types, styles, and colors of fabrics to choose from. This is a good source for organic hemp, fleece and thermal fabrics, and interlock, which are all great for making organic cloth diapers for your baby.
They have announced that they are unable to stock organic notions at this time.
Kidbean handles organic cotton fabrics specifically for sewing projected geared toward children. Their vegan, earth friendly policy carries through all of the products, and the company was started by a mom, so when she says that a fabric is long lasting, I am guessing you can believe it.
The company carries other vegan, sustainable, and earth-friendly products besides fabrics.
No More Excuses
There are no more excuses for not sewing, and no more excuses for sewing with cheap, chemical laden fabrics that will fall apart after the first wash. Check out some of these sites, choose your fabric, and create something wonderful.