This year, perhaps more than ever, many of us are looking for ways to transition to a more sustainable lifestyle. We’ve all read headlines about the amount of waste that is generated world-wide over the holiday season. So with the holidays fast approaching, I thought I’d share with you some easy sewing projects for a greener Christmas.
The great thing about each of these ideas is that they won’t just help you have an eco-friendly Christmas this year.
Once you’ve made one or more of these reusable fabric items, you’ll have them to use again and again, year after year. In the process, you’ll be saving time and money and reducing waste.
We all know the motto: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Reducing the amount of waste generated should be our first consideration when we’re aiming for greater sustainability.
These cute little gift bags have a divider inside that makes it so much fun to come up with different ideas for what to fill them with. The original tutorial was Pam's from over at Threading My Way contribution to our 2018 Christmas in July blog hop. In the post, you'll find a link to that tutorial plus some helpful hints I discovered when making my version.
You'll also find a few themed gift ideas for different people on your holiday gift list.
Advent Calendars are a fun way for kids and adults alike to count down the days from the 1st to 25th of December. Instead of the cardboard ones that will just be discarded once all the little windows have been opened, why not make a fabric wall hanging?
Each day, hang a tiny ornament. When all the ornaments have been hung on the tree, Christmas Day will have arrived.
You may not be able to find a fabric tree panel exactly like the one in the tutorial, but I'm sure you'll be able to find a similar tree panel that would work just as well.
If Christmas crackers are a tradition that your family loves, there's no reason to give them up.
Make your own using fabric, ribbon and toilet paper rolls. Not only are you reducing waste from disposable crackers, you're reusing those cardboard rolls that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled. Remember, reduce, reuse, recycle.
This post links to Joy's original tutorial and gives you all kinds of ideas for what to fill them with.
I'll admit that some of the filler ideas are more sustainable than others but you'd still be making progress to reduce waste.