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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 04 July 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219262
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 450
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: £10.99
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Sew Eco-Friendly


25 reusable projects for sustainable sewing by Debbie Shore (Author)

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Book Description

Sew more, waste less.

It’s never been more important to be mindful of what we consume. This book will help you to make 25 small but meaningful life swaps to help reduce waste and live more sustainably. Replace disposable face wipes with skin-friendly, washable pads; make beeswax fabric wraps so that you never have to buy single-use plastic food wrap again; make a sturdy shopping tote to replace plastic bags; trade in gift wrap and tape for stylish fabric wraps and gift bags.

Packed with all the easy-to-follow instructions and friendly sewing tips you expect from Debbie Shore, this book also contains hints and tips for face scrubs, bath salts and more to use with your new projects, or to make a perfect eco-friendly gift. Vegan alternatives are suggested where possible.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
10 tips for the complete beginner 7
Materials & tools 8
Useful stitches 12
Key techniques 13

Make up remover pads 18

Wax sandwich wrap 20

Wax snack pouch 22

Bath sponges 24

Hemp tote bag 26

Baby wipe bag 30

Bottle bag 38

Stocking gift bags 40

Grocery bag 44

Plant pot covers 48

Fabric gift wrap 50

Gift cube 54

Gift bags 58

Repair kit 62

Bowl covers 68

Apron 70

Wipes: baby wipes, tumble drier sheets and kitchen wipes 74

Foldaway bag 76

Cork lunchbag 80

Cutlery roll 84

Face coverings: simple mask, shaped mask, carry pouch 88

Template 95

Index 96


About the Author

About Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore is a best-selling and award-winning author. She began her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly as an actress in various popular dramas and as a presenter on shopping channels. Debbie has developed her own range of fabrics, designed her own patterns, writes for several popular sewing magazines and has written over 30 books for Search Press with several more underway. Over 800,000 copies of her books have been sold worldwide. She is the winner of Craft Influencer of the Year 2020 in the Craft Business Awards, and Social Media Influencer of the Year 2019 in the British Sewing Awards.

Debbie has over 285,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, which has over 30 million views. In 2018, Debbie launched her Half Yard Sewing Club, a monthly subscription service based on the mega-selling Half Yard series, and won the 2019 IPG Digital Publishing Award. For more details about the club visit

Debbie lives in Lincolnshire, UK. Visit her website: www.debbieshoresewing.com


Customer Review

This book covers 25 projects for eco friendly minded people who enjoy sewing small craft projects. Instructions are clear and concise and contains step-by-step pictures. Projects include bags, bowl covers, face masks drawstring bags and fabric gift wrap ideas plus more. Debbie Shore is well known for her sewing books and this takes a step towards more thoughtful sewing projects.

Customer Review

Another excellent book from Debbie Shore. Simple instructions and great photos for reference. I think everyone may be getting a foldaway washable bag in the stocking this year.


Lots of projects, some easy enough for the complete novice, with plenty of tips. Good explanation of 'how to', easy to follow and lots of pictures for the visual learner. Plenty of upcycling/recycling and reusable completed projects. Problem is which project to start first! Definitely recommend for someone who is/would like to become eco friendly.

Customer Review

As always, Debbie writes and presents her projects in an easy-to-use format with clear instructions. The book doesn't overwhelm you with lots of jargon and difficult techniques, making it accessible to all levels and abilities, but at the same time it gives you the opportunity to develop your skills by adapting the projects to suit you.

There are two things I particularly love about this book. The first are the recipes for the wax coating and face scrub because they are simple and I can't wait to make them. The second thing is Debbie's use of natural eco-friendly fabrics. I would never have thought of using cork for lining, and now can't wait to try it.

Customer Review

Great ideas and useful hints. This is my first Debbie Shore book, I wasnt sure what to expect but I love the Christmas stocking bags and repair kit. Great for beginners and many of the patterns would be easy to alter the size and would be suitable to up-cycle fabric you already have.

Customer Review

I have a couple of Debbies books already (purses and bag making books). One of the projects was a really lovely double compartment bag (it's called a wipe bag but you could use it for anything  so it is really nice to have a nice bag project in there, that you could use it as a clutch bag or purse). There is a great variety of projects which is what I liked about the book. There was tips to decorate the shopping bag and I was impressed with her method to dye the fabric. I was pleased to see one of the projects is beeswax wraps, which you can make easily. They are a great replacement for cling film/ tin foil in some cases. There are some fantastic projects such as the food coverings. My mum has now borrowed my copy as she was so impressed.

Customer Review

I have a few Debbie Shore books, all of which I love and this latest addition did not disappoint. The book is suitable for beginners to competent sewers alike and contains lots of hints and tips. Each project (there are 25 in all) has detailed instructions supported by step-by step-pictures. I've already made a set of make up remover wipes and some bowl covers. This book is a great addition to any crafters book collection and I cant wait to make more of the projects.

Customer Review

The book contains tips for beginners, information on fabrics, tools, useful stitches and key techniques.  There are lots of photos and clearly written instructions for the projects making it ideal for beginners.  The tips for natural face scrub, bath salts, stain remover and kitchen spray are a nice addition. 

Unlike a lot of project books where I only find one or two projects of interest I can see myself working my way through all the projects in this one.  I especially like the stocking gift bags which can be resized.

A couple of the projects can also be adapted for alternative use, the repair kit case would be ideal for storing small sewing projects and the cutlery wrap could be adapted for pens/brushes etc.  An excellent addition to my collection of sewing books.


Eco-friendly products can carry quite a price tag, but with encouraging words and easy-to-follow instructions, Shore's collection of simple sewing and crafting projects can inspire readers to create their own and reduce, reuse, and recycle, all at the same time. Items here can be used for food (wax wraps, lunch bags, grocery totes), personal care (makeup remover pads, reusable wipes and a way to carry them, face coverings), and other household purposes (gift wrappings, cleaning wipes). Many projects are suitable for absolute beginners, but some, like structured bags with bias trim, are better to build up to. Throughout, Shore emphasises using organic, repurposed, and eco-friendly supplies, and reminds readers that using what they have is just fine, and better than buying new. Only one project requires a printed pattern, and the shape for this is included in the book for easy tracing onto paper. An approachable guide.

Crafts Beautiful

It's never been more important to be mindful of what we consume. Debbie Shore's latest release Sew Eco-Friendly will help you make small meaningful swaps to help reduce waste and live more sustainably with 25 step-by-step projects - you'll be able to replace plastic bags with a sturdy shopping tote bag, trade in gift wrap for stylish fabric wraps and much more.

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