Posts Tagged ‘eco’


I’m on a plane to Salt Lake City as we speak, so I asked Mariah from Everything Golden to stop by and share a (super awesome) DIY with you today. I’ll be back tomorrow with some sneak peeks for Alt – hint: that secret thing I’ve been working on & a look at my new letterpress business cards.

Anyway, I’ll let Mariah take it away…

I usually always remember to bring my canvas bags to the grocery store or farmers market. However, when I reach the fruit and vegetable section, I resort to using plastic. So I thought I’d solve this issue with making some cool re-usable bags. I found these great vintage flour bags at a local antique store and they make for the perfect material: they’re recycled, durable and a great alternative to plastic! I also love the visual quality.

What you’ll need:

  1. 1 large flour bag (found at antique stores) makes 4 – 11.5 x 8.5 bags
  2. A sewing machine or needle and thread
  3. Small rope
  4. Scissors and pins


  1. Cut the large flour bag into 4 sections.
  2. Then open one section and measure a piece of rope to be about 10 inches longer than the width.
  3. Lay the rope on the top of the fabric and fold about 1/5 inch over the rope and pin down and sew.
  4. You’ll then tie the ends of the rope to secure it.
  5. Lastly, fold rights sides together and sew edges, turn right side out and wallah!

Mariah is the creator of Everything Golden, a blog about independently crafted art, design, style, wild places and animals and anything that inspires. She’s a graphic designer, stylist and photographer living in and loving Montana with her laser physicist husband and a very smart and crafty border collie named Indie. Check out her blog for more DIY ideas and inspiration.



I think I might have a problem. Because if I could stock my closet from floor to ceiling with bags and pouches from Seaoats, I would. And I would be one very happy girl at that! Anyone want to help me with this?

Malina is constantly adding new products, and her latest additions (which I adore) are these flap clutch purses and wall hangings. Every piece at Seaoats is handmade with love using reclaimed fabrics and is hand-printed using environmentally friendly inks. Seriously, is there anything not to like about this shop?

Visit Seaoats on etsy to view all of Malina’s hand-sewn pouches and more.


Using reclaimed and recycled leathers, Louise Thompson of Bibliographica creates these beautiful, hand-bound journals, that look as though they have a story to tell, even before a single pen has touched the pages.

Visit Bibliographica on etsy to view more products from this shop.


I am so impressed with today’s shop of the day, Seaoats, I am kinda out a loss for words. So, I am going to have to let Malina say a few…

[Seaoats creates] handmade eco-friendly clutches, pouches, and pencil cases made from reclaimed fabrics and hand-printed screen prints using non-toxic and environmentally friendly inks. I’ve designed products that are eco-friendly by scouring the plethora of thrift stores here for secondhand fabrics and reclaimable materials…

And as if being environmental conscience, hand-printing, and hand sewing each piece weren’t enough on its own, each screen printed image found on these clutches and pouches is actually a photograph that was taken by Malina and/or  her husband. Wow!

It is obvious that the craftsmanship and attention to detail here is impeccable.

Visit Seaoats on etsy to view all of Malina’s hand-sewn pouches and more.


Small Recycled Plastic Purse

I received an email from Jacqui a couple days ago, who told me about her shop, Yumstie Tree. There were some great, small trinkets (perfect for gifts) that I found and I thought I would share them. 

The little clutch above is made from recycled plastic bags fused together! How cool is that. They are very strong and have many uses. AND they come in great color combos as well. Your eco-conscious friends would love this and since there so affordable, you can pick one up for yourself as well.

Felt and Button Brooch 

This felt pin was too cute to resist. Pink and green always looks so good together. And if you are searching for a different color, Jacqui can custom make one for you.

Medium Recycled Plastic Purse

For more from Yumstie Tree, click here.