sewing

Ahead of Ban on Used Clothing Imports, Tanzania Trains Youths to Sew

Photo by Annie Spratt/Unsplash As East Africa braces itself for a looming ban on imported secondhand clothes and shoes, Tanzania’s government is kick-starting an initiative to…

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World's Oldest Needle is 50,000 Years Old, But It Wasn't Made by Homo Sapiens

World's oldest needle found in Siberian cave that stitches together human history https://t.co/rCXw1vM8Dr pic.twitter.com/Iqwtumz0Gr— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times)…

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The Craftivist Collective Wants to Change the World, One Stitch at a Time

For as long as she can remember, Sarah Corbett has been fighting for social justice. Growing up in an activist family, she experienced firsthand how energy-intensive, frustrating, and…

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Susanna Bauer's Hand-Stitched Leaves Are Breathtakingly Surreal

The beautiful crocheted sculptures of Susanna Bauer appear to be intricate leather work, but the detailed geometric pieces are expertly made from dried leaves! The artist defies the…

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Millennials Have No Idea How to Care for Their Clothes, Says Study

Photo by Shutterstock Tumblr. Snapchat. Instagram. Emojis. Millennials are nothing if not quick studies. Still, there’s at least one thing Generation Y has been slow to embrace:…

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This 99-Year Old Makes a New Dress Every Day for a Child in Need

Photo by Shutterstock Ninety-nine year old Lillian Weber is on a mission to make 1,000 dresses for impoverished children in Africa. The impressive senior citizen has been whipping up…

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Stitched Up: An Ethical Boutique That Doubles as a DIY Workshop

The brains behind creative hub Stitched Up describe themselves as “a one stop shop for sustainable fashion, fabrics and networking”. While their Manchester (UK)-based HQ is where…

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For DIYers on the Move, a Compact Sewing Machine That Folds Flat

There’s a reason why sewing machines are gathering dust in attics and basements across the country. They’re big, bulky, and awkward to lug around. In lieu of the unwieldy…

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Purl Fashion Camp Imparts Sewing, Design Skills to Disadvantaged Girls

Photos by Jerrold Oatis Purl Fashion Camp’s philosophy is simple: Give a girl a dress and you clothe her for a day. Teach a girl how to sew and she’ll be clothed for a…

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The Williamsburg Seamster Does Custom Alterations, Makes House Calls

DOOR TO DOOR What inspired you to start a custom design and tailoring service? I had been working full-time for BurdaStyle.com, where sewing enthusiasts can customize and make their own…

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Blogger Copes With Turning 30 by Refashioning a Dress a Day

Some people cope with midlife crises by buying hot rods or getting hair plugs. Marisa Lynch of West Hollywood entered her third decade with a blog, a sewing machine, and a plan to…

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