By now, you should know that the fashion industry is the second largest polluter on the planet. I’ve talked about it in great lengths here and have tried to support as many sustainable or environmentally conscious labels as I can. One of my favorite brands, who not only manufactures ethically but also does its part to reduce waste and empower women, is ace&jig. Designers Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson have never been about trends, but rather, it’s always been about quality, craftsmanship and longevity. They’ve dedicated their design ethos to the slow and deliberate process of textile making, working closely with female weavers in India. And their natural, no-waste approach to manufacturing means every gorgeous last scrap left on the cutting room floor is saved, bundled into Patch Kits and sold twice a year to the label’s loyal fans and DIY coomunity. It’s become an annual tradition and a way for the duo to give back to charities and organizations close to their hearts.
I think now, more than ever, we’re all starting to think even deeper about sustainability and waste and what it means in our day to day lives. With Earth Day just around the corner, I thought it the timing would right to collaborate with ace&jig and Freda Salvador to not only share a patchwork and denim mending project, but also bring the community together to share and learn. Starting today, Freda Salvador will be selling ace&jig’s limited quantity Patch Kits, where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Meals on Wheels. Be creative – do you what you want with them! And if you’re interested in joining us, we invite you to join on live webinar on April 22nd, Earth Day, so that you can upcycle a piece of clothing alongside me, Freda Salvador, ace&jig and the rest of the crafting community! Scroll down for information and enjoy today’s tutorial, where I’ll teach you how to make a simple, four patch block. Don’t be intimidated by this – if you can sew a straight line, you can make this!!
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