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Sewing to go Plastic Free

Sewing to go plastic free

Start sewing to go plastic free with the free projects below. We should all now be aware of the huge amount of plastic waste that we generate and how we need to find alternative methods in everyday life for simple things like going shopping and cleaning up. Here we round up some brilliant sustainable ideas for sewing to reduce your use of plastics in the future.


Shopping bag patterns

Keep a few fabric shopping bags in the boot of the car and you won’t need to buy a plastic bag again! Here is a round-up of some simple shopping bags you can sew.  

Fold up shopping bag
Fold-Up Market Tote Bag from Purl Soho
Sustainable shopping bags
Make a Morsbag

Fabric Gift Wrapping

 Ditch the glossy wrapping paper that is hard to recycle as it contains plastic. Why not wrap your gifts in fabric instead? The Japanese call this Furoshiki. This is an extra present for the recipient especially if they are a sewer too! Otherwise, why not wrap a gift in a tea towel that can be used in the kitchen? Get these ideas for smart gift wrapping.

Online fabric shop
Fabric superstore
Cheap dressmaking fabrics
The Quilt Shop
Furoshiki gift wrapping
Methods for Furoshiki Gift Wrapping from Wellness Mama
Print your own cloths
Fabric printed tea-towels to make and wrap gifts from My Poppet

Make your own lunch bags/food wrapping

Instead of wrapping sandwiches in cling film or plastic bags, why not make some re-usable plastic free snack bags to put your lunch inside? You can also make your own food covers and wrappings. Here are a few ideas. 

Snack bag sewing project
Snack bags from The DIY Mommy
How to make beeswax food wraps
Simple beeswax wrap project from Debbie Shore
Beeswax food wrap tutorial
Beeswax food wrap tutorial from Moral Fibres
Sew to save using plastic
Re-usable snack bags from The Search for Imperfection
Sew sandwich bags
Cloth sandwich wrap from Gina D Wagner
Cut plastic use by sewing food storage items
Fabric food bowl covers from Hearth & Vine

Plastic Free Cleaning Up

Why use disposable wipes when you can make your own washable ones? At least these won’t end up in the sea! Take a look at these ideas. 

Sew some reusable kitchen wipes
Kitchen towels tutorial from Sewing Bee Fabrics
Washable baby wipes
Cloth baby wipes from Wholefully
Sew your own make up remover pads
Make-up wipes from This Blog is not for You

Reusable Sanitary Pads

There is a fair amount of plastic in sanitary protection which ends up in landfill or the sea. If you feel like making your own fabric sanitary products, here are some tutorials to have a go.

Washable sanitary towels to make
Instructions for cloth menstrual pads from Jan Andrea
Different sizes of menstrual pad to sew
Pattern and instructions for five different sized pads from Luna Wolf