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Top 5 Sources of Secondhand Fabric

Sewing your own might seem the ‘greener’ option, but fabric production is a pretty resource and labour intensive business.
Growing cotton uses vast amounts of water and pesticides, and has a heavy environmental impact.

An easy way to still sew your own, but lessen your ‘sewing footprint’ is to source your fabric secondhand.

Here’s my Top 5 places to find secondhand fabric.

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Textile Re-use Resources

For those of you who missed it, Episode 2 of Hugh’s War on Waste aired on BBC1 on Monday night, and had some shocking stats on textile waste. Like this one: Here in the UK, we throw away 10,000 garments every 10 minutes. That’s this pile of clothes. Every ten MINUTES.

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Top Tips for Using Secondhand Yarn

Following on from the Sourcing Secondhand Yarn post, I thought it would be helpful to include some pointers for using your yarn once you’ve managed to track some down!

Sometimes you can be lucky and get secondhand yarn complete with labels, so you know what type of yarn it is, what weight it is, and how to care for it.
But more often than not, especially with charity shop finds, there is no label, and it can be tricky to know exactly what you have, and whether it will work with a specific pattern.
In my Back to Basics e-book, yarn supremo Joanne Scrace of Not So Granny, has written a whole chapter on how to “Unpick and Knit Again” and salvage wool from old woolly jumpers.
In it, she tells us a couple of sneaky tricks for finding out not only what your yarn is (natural or synthetic) and also what weight it is.
And she’s very kindly allowed to share those pro tricks with you here!

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