Eco-Fashion: All Sewed Up...Organically! Organic Cotton Thread Now In A Rainbow of Colors!



Attention all sewing fans, dressmakers, eco-designers, quilters, DIY'ers and anyone interested in going organic when sewing your own creations: If you've ever tried to find organic cotton thread to go with your organic fabrics, you know it is difficult.  It also has been even more difficult, if not impossible, to find organic cotton thread that is anything other than the 3 most basic colors of natural, white or black. We are happy to say that those of you who like to use organic fabrics and usually use polyester thread to sew it - try a spool of 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton thread - and you can dispel the myths about it for yourself!  It does not break, it runs smoothly and you can feel great knowing you're not adding a petroleum oil-based thread to your pure organic fabric.
The thread, unfortunately, is still not available from an American maufacturer, but it is now available in the U.S. through
Fiberactive Organics in North Carolina.  Spun & dyed by reactive dye process in Holland by Scanfil. You can buy the thread through Fiberactive Organics' website, or contact them directly for wholesale orders. Please try this wonderful organic thread, let us know what you think of it. And we'd love to have you send us some pictures of what you've made with it!



10 comments

  1. This is awesome!! Yep, I've been using white and black organic cotton thread and otherwise poly thread. Now I can REALLY make everything organic :) I only wish they were made in the USA...

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  2. Hi Jewel! I think so too! isn't it wonderful!?
    Now you can get away from that awful poly stuff and be 100% Organic Sewing Gal you always wanted to be! Fiberactive, as far as I know, worked for years to make this happen in the USA. But the issue is that many of the US mills needed to spin the raw organic cotton into thread have gone out of business. Sad, but true. Perhaps things will change again in future, if people start buying enough of it.
    Do let us know if you make anything with this thread! Thanks for your enthusiastic comment!

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  3. You know, I need one more thing before I can make completely organic clothing - interfacing!
    Every pattern says I need to use interfacing, but I haven't seen organic interfacing anywhere. I don't know how other organic fashion designers do without using interfacing, but making a jacket or a bag without interfacing is tough! You need extra thickness around collar, band, and bag handles, so interfacing works the best...But I hate using chemical interfacing on my organic cotton :(

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  4. I can help you with that Jewel! It's You have to think to the days before BEFORE the oil/chemical companies created synthetic fibers. All fabrics used to be what we now call 'organic'. And when they sewed clothes that needed interfacing, they used a fabric called muslin. You can find it at Near Sea Naturals in New Mexico...go here: http://www.nearseanaturals.com/item.php?id=1396
    There used to be an organic cotton interfacing, but I don't think you can get it any more. Due to it's stiffer nature, think the hemp/cotton blend will work better for you anyway. Hope that helps!

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  5. Muslin! Aha, why couldn't I think of that!! Thank you so much, you helped me there:) By the way, Near Sea Naturals is my favorite company!

    xoxo

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  6. ha! well Jewel...it just comes from being a bit inundated wtih all the synthetic stuff when we go to the Fabric store, I suppose.
    Happy to know you love Near Sea Naturals too! They are a great eco-committed company with wonderful people there! And Made in USA too!
    As far as interfacing, you can also sometimes make use of the same fabric you are creating from for interfacing, if you don't need a really heavy inset piece. Happy (organic) sewing!

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  7. hola a todos soy johanna disenadora de carteras en cuero.quiero q el proceso sea 100% ecologico, mi empresa es responsable con el medio ambiente. en cuanto a los proveedores tengo cuero curtido vegetal y pegante ecologico. me gustaria saber si el hilo de algodon organico es resistente para la confeccion EN CUERO. les agradezco mucho si me pueden ayudar.

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  8. ¡Hola Johanna!
    ¡Bravo a usted para querer ser 100% ecológico! Gracias por contactarnos aquí.
    Espero que esta información le ayudará.
    - Yo creo que el hilo se presenta en un "pesado" de peso. Pero la única manera de saber si va a trabajar para sus carteras en cuero es para probarlo. Este es un paso esencial de producción, con muchas variables. Sólo usted puede decidir si va a trabajar para sus carteras.
    Por favor, seguimiento y háganos saber cómo fue bueno para usted! (O tal vez no era bueno)
    ¡Buena Suerte!
    stephanie-

    (Bravo to you for wanting to be 100% ecological! Thank you for contacting us here. I hope this information will help you.
    - I believe the thread comes in a 'heavy' weight. But the only way to know if it will work for your leather handbags is to TEST it. This is an essential production step, with many variables. Only you can decide if it will work for your handbags.
    Please follow up and let us know how it was good for you! (or perhaps was not good)
    Good Luck!)

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  9. I love this thread!!!
    Do you happen to know of any organic Velcro brands?

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    1. Thanks very much, MarLo! Great to have you here. UPDATE: you can now easily purchase these gorgeous organic threads at Organic Cotton Plus: http://organiccottonplus.com/collections/notions-thread - and now that Near Sea Naturals has partnered with Organic Cotton Plus, you can also get an excellent selection of organic notions as well! http://organiccottonplus.com/collections/notions-all
      Now, back to your question: Sorry no, there's no such thing as organic 'Velcro'. (Velcro is a brand name and now there are other imitators of this kind of fastening tape) And due to how it is made, (poly or nylon plastic 'felt' with catching plastic 'barbs') I don't think there ever will be. I've even had a hard time finding any 'eco-velcro', made with recycled P.E.T. plastic bottles. (Beware of many Chinese mnfg. companies that claim "eco-friendly" but are not.) In the case of using 'velcro' on organic pieces, GOTS allows up to 10% non-organic synthetics, for such a reason - (more info. on that from Rodales: http://www.rodalenews.com/organic-fabrics)
      So if, like me, you are committed to not using any petroleum-based plastics in your pieces, you'll have to figure how to fasten in other ways. Commonly used in organic pieces: ribbon ties, organic and/or eco zippers, eco-buttons (from reclaimed wood, fallen antler, seashells, tagua, etc.) or eco-metal fasteners: (no chrome or nickel allowed) recycled metal snap fasteners or fastening tape.
      Hope this helps, MarLo. Let me know what you are making, and share what kind of fasteners you found or used in your pieces. Happy Sewing!

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