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Arts & Crafts October 17, 2014 posted by

Easy and Eye-Catching Tea Towel DIY

Easy and Eye-Catching Tea Towel DIY

 The crafting genius that is Mel Wiggins has come up with the easy and eye-catching tea towel DIY that she’s kindly let me share with Moral Fibres readers.  It’s a perfect craft idea for beginners too!

This project can make the simplest of fabric scraps look professional, takes 15 minutes to complete and costs next to nothing!

You will need:

tea revives you tea towel

tea towel (or fabric scrap) / dowel / string / needle and thread or sewing machine / scissors

The wooden dowels can be found at any B&Q, Homebase or similar DIY shops and are about £1 each – you might need to chop the length in half or adjust it some for the right size.  These give the tea towel some weight and help it to hang nicely.

Method

Pin in the dowel into the fabric at both ends by folding it over so you can see how much room you need in sewing the hems at the ends.

dowel

Take the dowel out and sew your hem on both ends.

sewing machine

Cut your string long enough to fit through the top hem and to tie into a nice triangle at the top.  Tie a knot in one end of the string and feed it through the top hem.

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Now you can put the dowels in the top and bottom hems and tie your string to suit the length you want to hang your towel.  I like to hide the knots in the hem to give it a more clean effect.

Now hang up your wall hanging and enjoy!  And why not pour yourself a cup of tea – you deserve it!

tea towel DIY

Thanks Mel!  You can catch more off Mel’s craftiness over on her fantastic blog!

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    Fashion October 15, 2014 posted by

    6 Women’s Vegan Shoes You’ll Love

    6 Women’s Vegan Shoes You’ll Love

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    I‘ve spoken before about the ethical dilemma of leather vs. non leather and six months on I’ll still not entirely sure what the answer is.  Personally as a vegetarian I’m happy to wear vintage or secondhand leather or new vegetable tanned leather, but equally I understand that not everyone is happy wearing leather.

    If you’re not happy wearing animal based products then I’ve been on the lookout for some stylish women’s vegan shoes.  I think I’ve done alright – I’ve found a selection for most occasions that I think you’ll love:

    vegan shoes

    Here are some lovely women’s vegan shoes, from the top:

    Esprit Women have a lovely range of vegan PETA approved shoes.  I think Esprit may have had a fairly checkered past with regards to ethical issues, but seem to be making roads to resolve this.  This association with PETA just launched in July, and I hope it’s the start of good things to come from this high street retailer.  I’m liking these lace up ankle boots (£55) and these tiger print trainers (£45) from their vegan range.

    I’m a little bit in love with these teal Oxford style vegan heels from Beyond Skin (£71).  Alas, they only have them left in small sizes otherwise I’d have these in a heartbeat….

    Good old TOMS UK have some funky women’s vegan shoes in stock.  I love this zebra print pair (£39.99) – they’d look great with skinny jeans.

    These ethical tan brogues (£87) from Bourgeois Boheme are so pretty.  I do like a good pair of brogues, they make wonderful shoes for autumn.

    Finally Inkkas have some lovely hand made and fair-trade vegan trainers.  I’m especially taken with these grey ones (£44) with their jazzy South American fabric panelling.  What a way to brighten up an outfit!

    Which ones are your favourite?

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      giveaway October 14, 2014 posted by

      Sponsor Spotlight: Wildly Woolly & a Giveaway!

      Sponsor Spotlight: Wildly Woolly & a Giveaway!

      Have you checked out Moral Fibre’s sponsor, Wildly Woolly yet?  If not, you’re in for a treat!   Wildly Woolly is a UK retail and wholesale store set up to share the story of Kenana Knitters, a grassroots organisation supporting women in the rural community of Njoro, Kenya.  As well as finding out a bit more about them, there’s also a fantastic giveaway  at the bottom of the post!

      The ladies of Kenana Knitters hand knit a variety of CE 0+ stamped products: from newborn baby toys to kids cushions and bedroom decor.  Every toy bears the name of the lady who knitted it, so you can directly trace back your toy to the talented hands that created it.    The toys are made from natural materials – either organic cotton or locally sourced and spun wool – which is coloured using plant dyes.    What’s more, as each product is handmade every item is slightly different and unique, adding to their charm.

      knitted zebra
      Wildy Woolly Knitted Zebras

      Kenana Knitters is committed to fairtrade principles, so as well as earning a fair wage from dignified work  in good working conditions, the profits from sales are used to fund a number of projects to support the women and their extended families’ welfare.  This includes, but isn’t limited to, free health clinics, family planning and awareness, counselling, eye clinics and free glasses for those who need them, and so forth.  Additionally Kenana Knitters also offers it’s staff adult literacy classes, as a high proportion of adults in rural Kenya cannot read or write, money savings information and schemes, and little things like a daily newspaper, a radio for news, and power points to charge mobile phones and torch batteries as a lot of homes in the community aren’t connected to the electricity grid.

      Kenana Knitters

      Njoro is a mainly agricultural area where work for men is easier to find, yet agricultural wages are often insufficient to support large extended families.  There is often little money available for essentials such as school fees, books and uniforms, so knitting offers a direct source of income and support for many of these families.  You can find out more about the Kenana Knitters here or watch a video about their story.

      These ladies create some beautiful toys, rugs and cushions.  Here are some of my favourites:
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      From clockwise:
      Sitter Critter Hippo / Bundu OwlLooped Sheep RugSheep Glove Puppet

      Wildly Woolly are kindly giving away a hand knitted Spider Lion soft toy to one lucky Moral Fibres reader:
      knitted lion

      To be in with a chance of winning this lovely prize, simply take part via the Rafflecopter widget below (NB: if you subscribe to Moral Fibres via email or in a reader then you’ll need to click through to the site to use the widget):

      a Rafflecopter giveaway

      The competition is open until 12am (GMT) on Wednesday 22nd October 2014, and open to UK readers only.

      Good luck!

      Terms and conditions:

      1. To enter the Wildly Woolly prize draw give-away you must visit the Wildly Woolly website and let me know what product you want to win.  There are additional options for more entries.   2. The prize is one spider lion only – no cash or alternative prizes will be given.  3. The prize draw will start on Tuesday 14th September 2014 and end at 12am (GMT) on Wednesday 22nd October 2014.  The winner will be picked at random from all valid entries.  5. The winner will be notified directly via email.  The winners must reply within seven days of receiving the email or a new winner will be picked at random. 

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