Blog Posts Tagged ‘eco-friendly’

Threadfollower Kangaroo Kit

We recently got in 6 new Threadfollower kits, each featuring it’s own animal design. Today we are going to help you through this precious Kangaroo kit. It is simple, fun and can be completed in an afternoon.

The kit included: beige felt (2 small, 2 large squares), beige embroidery thread, embroidery needle, stuffing, directions, and pattern

You will need: scissors and pins

To start, the directions will help you prepare your thread. This is done very simply by splitting the thread into two 3-ply pieces. Next, pin the pattern to the appropriately sized felt pieces and cut along the edges.

After cutting all your pieces (2 big body, 2 little body, 2 big ears, 2 little ears, 1 tail, 1 pouch, & 1 base), thread your needle and begin by sewing the two large body pieces together, using a whip stitch.

Once you’ve made it almost to the end, place the tail in-between the two body pieces and continue sewing. Refer back to the pattern for placement guidance.

Once the tail is attached, finish stitching the body. After knotting the thread begin stuffing the kangaroo. I cut a smaller piece to push into the head and stuffed the remaining. Don’t forget to leave some out for the baby’s stuffing.

 

Once stuffed, attach the base using a whip stitch. Attach the pouch to the front of the belly, leaving the top open.  Make sure to allow room for the baby to fit in the pouch. I found it easiest to position the pouch by pinning down the sides.

 

Next, add the ears by pinching the pieces together and sewing one on either side. The little baby body is a quick sew. Whip stitch all the way around leaving a small hole to stuff. Once stuffed close off the opening and attach the little ears.

 

 

Lastly, sew the baby’s nose using the brown thread and the mother’s eyes using the black thread. TA-DAH! The sweetest little kangaroo pair. Perfect for any pocket, lunch box, backpack, or windowsill.

 

 

 

 

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Father’s Day is June 18th, and we have some great ideas for unique and sustainable gifts for the special dad in your life. Here are a few ideas from the shop, as well as some DIY projects you can make yourself!

 

 

Green Growing Gifts

1. Homemade La Conner Preshave Oil
2. Homemade La Conner Shave Soap
3. Can+ Plant Growing Kit
4. Cultivate & Eat Growing Kits
5. Etta+Billie Cold Brew Mint Coffee Soap
6. Happy First Father’s Day Card 

 

 

Sew Dad an Apron

Does your Dad love to BBQ and cook? Why not create this custom canvas apron. We felt so inspired by Purl Soho’s “Adjustable Apron” tutorial that we decided to sew up a few. This apron was made with Herringbone Canvas and Spot On Canvas with red sticking accented cotton webbing. I think grandpa would love this one too! Check out all our canvases for inspiration for your Dad.

 

 

Make Him a Trendy Bowtie

Spring and summer bring weddings, graduations, and patio-parties, so why not give Dad a way to spruce up his look. The Sew Like A Mom, “Men’s Bow Tie Tutorial” provides easy to follow instruction to create your Dad something, thoughtful and homemade. He’ll love it!

We created our bowties out of Polka Dot PoplinLittle Leaves Poplin and Pellon Fusible Interfacing. This is a great gift idea and you have just enough time to sew up one or two for the special day. We also thought how precious would a Father and Son matching bowtie set be?

Whatever you decide to do for your Dad, make sure you give him a big hug, and wish him a happy Father’s Day from us!

Mother’s Day is May 14th and it is on the way! It’s one special day to appreciate all the wonderful moms out there, so celebrate your Mom and Mother Earth with thoughtful, eco-friendly gifts that are handmade, or better yet, made by you! Here at Monaluna, we’ve collected some of the greatest handmade, natural, and eco-minded gifts, and we’ve created the perfect Mother’s Day Gift Guide to help you find that special something.

Here are some Spring Favorites for Mother’s Day to help you find the perfect gift!

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  1. Gold Acorn long-length necklace, this cute thing opens too!
  2. Gardener’s Scrub, filled with all sorts of beneficial, natural ingredients for soft, nourished skin!
  3. Baby Bow Scissors, I mean, come-on! So cute and sleek.
  4. Merchant&Mills Workbook, we’re obsessed with the patterns in this workbook. What a fun gift, that keeps giving!
  5. Airplant Necklace, incase your Mom needs her own tiny plant!
  6. Lunar Phase Earrings, Does your Mom love the moon? Circles? Half-circles? These earrings are just perfection.
  7. Handcrafted Monaluna Infinity Scarf, because she’ll think they’re perfect too, just like we do!
  8. Etta+Billie Bar Soap, So luxurious! Natural handcrafted soaps, to help your Mom feel the love.

 

 

Hand selected, Handmade Jewelry

A “go-to” favorite! Jewelry is always a great gift idea for Mom and at Monaluna we’ve got plenty of trendy options she will love. We feature designers such as Larissa Loden and JohannaN. Jewelry is handmade and crafted with an eco-friendly flare. These pieces perfectly bedazzle any eco-conscious Mom!

Sew Mom an Infinity Scarf

Here are all the materials and methods to make your Mom her very own infinity scarf, in her favorite organic cotton prints of course! Click for the Tutorial: Infinity Scarf for step-by-step directions to how to create your own infinity scarf, and you can browse through all of our fabrics to pick out the perfect prints. The pattern works especially well with our cotton lawns and knits, but will work with poplins as well.

 

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Monaluna Handmade Double Gauze Infinity Scarf

Infinity scarves, handcrafted using our beloved fabrics. Theses double-gauze, scarves are colorful and delicate. Easy for any Mom to throw on to add a bit of warmth and color to any day. We guarantee your Mom will love how soft these scarves are!

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Get Mom a QuiltyBox Subscription

QuiltyBox is a monthly subscription service delivering new fabrics, patterns, sewing notions and more. Its a great way to continue to give inspiration and fresh ideas to your Mom! Monaluna was featured in the April 2017 box. If you are interested check out the Monaluna teams up with QuiltyBox, which has all the details.

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All Natural Pampering

What Mom doesn’t love a great skin care product!? Le Connor and Etta + Billie are both great producers of handmade, all natural, eco-conscious, no animal testing, and small batch production. These beauty gifts will leave Mom feeling and smelling amazing, with their natural ingredients and essential oils.

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Haven’t decided yet!? Well, come on in to Monaluna and we’d be happy to help. We have lots of great ideas and would love to help you find the perfect little treasure for your Mom. We’ve kept Mother Earth in mind to make Mother’s Day gift giving easy. Mother’s Day is May 14th, plenty of time to pick a pattern, pick out her favorite designs and make her something homemade. Otherwise, Monaluna has done the hard work for you and stocked our shelves with plenty of different gifting options. Get your Mom something special, hand selected, natural, eco-friendly, organic and Monaluna approved!

 

 

Have you guys heard of The Story of Stuff? I remember watching their first short film almost 10 years ago now, and being totally blown away by how clearly and concisely they presented some of the more complicated issues of our consumer culture. (If you want to see that film – and I highly recommend it! – it’s here).

 

I just got an email this morning with a link to their new film, and they’ve done it again! This one deals with the problems with synthetic fibers, and the “microfibers” that are released every time our synthetic clothing is washed. In just under 3 minutes, they reminded me that we can’t just rely on plastic recycling, or even reusing, to protect the environment. We really have to reduce our use of plastics altogether.

 

It’s also a good reminder that organic, biodegradable cotton is a good option!

 

 

 

The holidays are now in full swing, and this year, more than ever, I’m feeling excited to spend my holiday shopping dollars supporting green businesses. In the year since I opened our Monaluna studio and shop, I have loved finding independent makers who create beautiful, handmade products using sustainable materials and practices to fill out the “Green Goods” section of our shop. Some of them use our organic fabric and other organic materials in their products, some use reclaimed or recycled materials, and others are focused on helping impoverished communities through fair trade production. In all cases, these are products that have a lower negative impact on the environment, a positive impact on communities, and help to elevate the practice of creative making. Today, we celebrate small makers using organic fabric, and bring you part 1 of our Eco-Friendly Gift Guide, the Etsy-shop Guide! Check out these great etsy.com sellers, who make many or all of their products using organic fabric.

 

Organic Quilt Company

Handmade, organic items that are beautiful, functional and ethical.

Organic Baby Blanket from Organic Quilt Company

Organic Quilt Company

 

BabyDear

Hand sewn and crocheted baby blankets, baskets and hats. The doll Moses Baskets are adorable!

Crocheted Edge Blanket - Baby Dear Shop

Baby Dear Shop

 

Indigo Crane

High-quality, handmade knitting and project bags. Perfect gifts for crafters!

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Organic cotton knitting bags by Indigo Crane

 

Fern Organics

Organic cotton and hand knit clothing, hats and accessories.

Organic Knit Play Set from Four Ferns

Organic Knit Play Set from Fern Organics

 

Kimimila New York

Darling organic clothing for babies and kids.

Feeling Clucky Organic Playsuit by Kimimila

Feeling Clucky Organic Playsuit by Kimimila

 

Mary OBrien Baby

Organic fabric baby items in beautiful packaging that is 100% reusable and compostable.

Organic Cotton Bib Set by Mary O'Brien Baby

Organic Cotton Bib Set by Mary O’Brien Baby

 

Sew Bendy

Handmade project bags or purses, including lots of organic fabric options!

Organic fabric purse or project bag by Sew Bendy

Organic fabric purse or project bag by Sew Bendy

 

Thread and Ginger

Bags, purses and accessories including some organic fabric options.

Organic cotton hot pads by Thread and Ginger

Organic cotton hot pads by Thread and Ginger

 

Benoit Designs

Organic, eco-luxe and cotton creations.

Organic cotton quilt by Benoit Designs

Organic cotton quilt by Benoit Designs

 

Nikki Designs

Organic cotton and hemp table linens, window coverings and home furnishings.

Organic cotton place mats by Nikkidesigns

Organic cotton place mats by Nikkidesigns

 

Stay tuned for more eco-friendly gift ideas in the coming week!