MIY March 20 Week 2: Sharing & Caring

MIY March week2

What a fabulous start to MIY March 20!!  You are all amazing.  There was such a thoughtful response on Instagram and on individual blogs to the questions I posed last week, thank you.  If you haven’t already, have a look at some of the responses on the #miymarch20 hashtag on Instagram.  Some people chose to post on several days, taking each of those questions separately, others chose to link to thoughtful blog posts.  They all make for very inspiring reading.

Don’t forget, you can still complete my fun survey about your sewing habits here.  I’ll keep that open all month and share the results with you after the end of March.

So, onto our theme for week 2…..it’s all about sharing our knowledge on how to make in a more sustainable way: sewing tips, material sourcing recommendations and a bit of warm fuzzy stuff in the shape of our most treasured textiles.

I’ll kick things off:

1. My tips for sewing in a more sustainable way….

Use left-over fabric to make bias binding:

Start shopping your stash!

stash busting

Use your scraps for customising your makes:

yoyo suffolk puff

2. My tips for sourcing more sustainable fabrics….

sustainable fabrics



My top 5 ethical fabrics:

To pre-wash or not to pre-wash?

3. What are your most treasured textile items?

miy march 20 treasured textiles

I have two, the first is my beloved bear Teddy.  Imaginative name I know.

He is the most loved of bears.  I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have him, I think a friend of my parents’ gave him to me as a baby and we became inseparable.  He went everywhere with me, including (unintentionally) in the bath and consequently in the oven in an attempt to dry out after the bath in time for bed…..

He is a study in love and visible mending.  The only original (threadbare) parts of him are his right leg, arm and the right side of his face.  His repairs were all done by my wonderful dad.  The first ones were the blue fabric (from a roll of washroom towelling)  to cover his arm and leg, then when his midriff began to spill out my dad fashioned him a tunic from an old sock and finally the yellow felt complete with wonderfully wonky hand stitches held Teddy’s head together.

Teddy now has pride of place alongside a rag doll my dad bought me on the bookshelf beside my bed.  He has a moth protector tablet shoved up his tunic just in case, even though I’m pretty sure he’s all synthetic (it was the 70s).

miy march 20 treasured textiles

My second textile treasure are these leather gloves. They’re a bit too big for me, but they belonged to my dad and every time I wear them I feel like I’m holding his hands.

Textiles are inherently precious aren’t they?  They protect you, they warm you, they adorn you and reflect your personality, they can tell the most wonderful stories.  They’re not for mistreating and throwing in the bin after minimal use.

Now it’s over to you.  I’m looking forward to hearing your tips, recommendations and stories.  It’s up to you whether you post them all on your blog or post them during the week on your Instagram.  Like last week I’ll be choosing the post (blog or Instagram) that most resonates with me and the writer of which will receive this beautiful mixed bundle box of fabrics from Faberwood:

miy march 20 

Indian Ikat chambray and black bundle box.

This box features carefully collected small pieces of left over hand loom fabric that work well together, Fiona has created these boxes specially for a sustainable sewing experience. Included is some of the black custom made Faberwood Derwent exclusive!

The box includes many odd shaped bits and pieces suitable for bag lining, quilting, patchwork, trims, pockets etc. These fabric pieces are left overs from making garments, so most have had a pre-wash. 

Perfect for small projects to mix up and create something unique.

15 responses to “MIY March 20 Week 2: Sharing & Caring

  1. I found 2 1970s turquoise flannel pillow slips from my childhood in a box of stuff and I started reminiscing about a foam stuffed pillow my sister adored but had melted/ slightly set on fire with a naked bulb (ah the late 70s). At that very moment my eye was caught by a patch with a singed under section on one of the cases, very carefully stitched by my nana. It was only the pillow slip from the burnt pillow!

    I confess I chuckled when I saw that the repair to the flap she had harvested said patch from (stretchy jersey reinforced by 2 pink ribbons). When I feel like I need a hug from my nana I pull them out – like this week. I became a knitter, spinner, sewer and mender because it allows me to create my own ethical clothes.


    • Ah it’s so good that you held onto those pillow slips! I like the sound of your nana’s repairs. Rough n ready visible mends like that become so precious and meaningful.


  2. I find this fascinating. I’m reusing fabrics to toile – currently making a pair of Freemantle trousers from an old pair of trousers of my daughter, which has meant piecing the fronts and using the usable bits of my old fairly-traded organic t-shirts that are beyond wearing to test knicker patterns. Those t-shirts came from People Tree or Traidcraft and I’m hanging on to the printed fronts where those were interesting for reuse or for inspiration. Some are still going strong but these went badly under the armpits and were going into holes elsewhere. My daughter’s t-shirts that have similarly died are now a quilt which we are going to add to and make larger.
    I’m following Offset Warehouse and their partner organisation the sustainable fashion forum on Instagram and finding them inspiring.


  3. What an inspiring post Wendy and it’s so true, textiles aren’t throwaway – they link us to what’s precious to us and our lives like your treasured gloves. I haven’t heard of Offset Warehouse before so thanks for the heads up about that. Your teddy is a superstar! X


    • Thanks Josie, i think you’ll like Offset Warehouse!
      I thought I’d lost one of my gloves a couple of years ago (just after my dad died) in Sainsbury’s…..I was beside myself almost sobbing in there. The manager helped me look for it and thankfully he found it. I didn’t explain the significance of the glove to him but he must’ve seen how upset I was and was determined to find it.


  4. Oh, love everything about this post! And loving your approach to MIY March this year. The prompts and questions are getting me thinking. It will be VERY difficult to choose a favorite textile. But I think I know my prime candidate.


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