Sustainability is at the heart of all that we do at Spoonflower—you could say it’s in our nature to go green. From organic fabrics to our print on-demand process designed to minimize fabric and ink waste, we seek to provide products made safely and sustainably. Are you looking for ways to think greener in your crafting adventures? We’ve rounded up 16 projects to help you reduce, reuse and recreate. Whether it’s in the kitchen or closet, every small step you take counts!
Get to Know Spoonflower’s Organic Options
Eco-Friendly Projects for the Kitchen
Reusable Grocery Bags
If there’s just one “green” thing you can do each day, we suggest ditching the plastic and giving reusable bags a try! Pro tip: Leave a few in your car so you’re ready for any last-minute trips to the grocery store!
Bonus bags: Drawstring Backpack | Halloween (Turned Everyday) Tote Bag
Swapping out your disposable paper napkins for reusable ones is an easy way to add a sustainable alternative to the table. Spend the afternoon sewing a collection of napkins while listening to your favorite sewing podcast for the perfect crafternoon.
Did you know 5.25 million Americans used 10 or more rolls of plastic wrap in 2018*. That’s 52 millions rolls of plastic wrap making their way to a landfill just in one year. If that number has you picking your jaw off the ground and asking what can be done to help lower this number, we’ve got the solution for you: reusable food wraps.
Reusable Lunch Bags
Lunch bags have certainly come a long way from boring (and wasteful) paper or plastic.
It’s safe to say we’ve all experienced the struggle of plastic wrap. It just never seems to stick correctly! Get rid of the headache and think reusable with DIY bowl covers. These covers are perfect for resting your dough for baked goods, covering pasta or salad for a picnic, or even protecting your stand mixer bowl from dust.
Eco-Friendly Projects for the Home
Did you know houseplants can help improve the air quality of your home? Whether you’re well on your way to creating a houseplant oasis or you’re the proud parent of your first plant baby, adding a pop of pattern to your planter is an easy way to add personality to your greenery. Make it a mini.
Like the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another
man’s crafter’s treasure.” This refurbished dresser by Barb Blair, aka the Queen of Yard Sale Makeovers, is a community favorite and we can see why. Find out how to repurpose your next thrift-store score in her DIY tutorial.
Crocheted Rag Rug
Sewists all over the world can relate to the issue of not knowing what to do with fabric scraps and trimmed selvage. Designer crumpetsandcrabsticks is showing you how to repurpose your Spoonflower selvage to prevent those scraps from making their way into a landfill.
Want to know a not-so-secret ssssssssecret? These draft snakes are equal parts adorable and eco-friendly! In our constant effort to be a more eco-conscious and sustainable business, we’ve had our eyes out for simple DIY projects to help us reduce our energy dependence and stay warm all at the same time.
Bonus! Throw an Eco-Friendly DIY Party
To set the stage for an eco-friendly gathering, we turned to our pals at Cherry Blossom Events, who have an eye for throwing themed parties with a sustainable edge.
Eco-Friendly Projects for the Closet
Handmade intimates? File under: Things We Love. Quick, easy and fun are three ways you could describe handmade underwear but did you ever think they could be eco-friendly? This stash busting project uses less than a fat quarter of knit fabric (we suggest Cotton Spandex Jersey) so you can skip the store and DIY yourself a pair in under an hour.
Raise your hand if you’ve been hanging on to a t-shirt from your past that you’re just not quite ready to part with (guilty) Revamp your old tee into a refashioned raglan with your favorite design from the Marketplace and get ready to breathe new life into your go-to tee.
Fabric Scrap Necklace
Not sure what to do with your knit fabric scraps? If they’re long enough, you might just be able to turn them into a fabric scrap necklace! The no-sew project from Becka Rahn is perfect for all ages and is the statement fiber necklace you didn’t know your wardrobe needed.
DIY Baby Shoes
It doesn’t get much cuter than DIY baby shoes! Besides the adorable factor, we love this project for tiny toes because they require less than a fat quarter of fabric – aka a great stash-buster!
By now you might be seeing a trend with these eco-friendly wardrobe projects – they’re ideal stash buster projects! These adorable and easy DIY fabric buttons are a quick way to add even more personality to your handmade closet.