Ideas for How to Quilt with Eco-friendly Methods and Materials – Quilting Daily

Our foremothers knew how to make a quilt using only what they had, from scraps of fabric to natural dyes. But, quilt making the frugal and eco-friendly way was easier for them: they didn’t have much of a choice. Pioneer women didn’t have fabric stores, and even our own mothers didn’t have the Internet offering fabrics, thread, and surface design supplies available at the click of a button.

In this piece, Lisa Kerpoe shows how to
make a quilt from dyed fabrics using a rice
cereal resist. Lisa wrote a series of articles
on kitchen resists
for Quilting Arts in 2011.

That’s not to say that contemporary art quilters don’t save scraps and found objects to use in future quilt projects. We’re geniuses at inventive quilt making!

But if you’re looking to downsize your stash, help save the planet, or just be more creative about using what you have, here are some frugal and eco-friendly sewing, surface design, and quilting tips:

I just thought of another one: going digital. Digital magazines, books, and videos don’t clutter your home, have little or no packaging, and save on shipping. Have you seen all our digital products in the Quilting Daily Shop? Be sure to check them out.

P.S. I’m sure you can think of some other eco-friendly and/or frugal quilting ideas that also save you money. Please share them with everyone, below.

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