Textiles | Fabrics
“Healthy Upholstery—Without Chemicals.” Buy nontoxic upholstery foundation materials for your project here: premium wool batting, organic cotton batting, Oeko-Tex and GOLS certified organic latex foam, organic cotton ticking. In addition, they have lots of resources to help you with your project including a list of upholstery professionals and designers, makers and DIYers, instructions for your professional upholester, and a list of websites where you can buy organic uphostery fabrics. “My work at this moment is focused on creating positive change. For me this means building a resource for Makers to learn upholstery restoration using natural and organic materials. It means sharing stories, skills and imagination in an open source platform – where each of us builds upon the contributions of others to create something new and better. I can’t wait to see what you create! Large or small, impacting a single person or many. Hearing your stories and helping you transform your upholstery project into something that imparts a meaningful presence to your space is the best part of my work!”
This website is not 100% natural and toxic-free, but if you choose carefully you will find some acceptable products and materials that are difficult to locate elsewhere. First, they will make custom cushions for you for indoor and outdoor furniture, boats, RVs. or anything else. They have fire-retardant-free natural latex cut in blocks and all kinds of custom shapes. Also down filling for cushions.Certified organic natural 100% cotton down-proof ticking lining. Organic wool batting and felt (look under “industrial”). Organic cotton mattress covers. And more. Take a look at this site if you want to make something custom.
The largest selection of “purely organic fabric for quilting and craft projects” I’ve ever seen. Solid colors and many many patterns. Sold by the 1/2 yard and/or fat quarters for quilting. “We carry one of the largest selections of organic cotton fabric and imported fabrics on the world wide web. Whether you’re sewing for boys, girls, or yourself, you’ll find a beautiful curated selection of whimsical prints, as limitless as a child’s imagination.”
This is basically a pillow website, but they also sell fabric by the yard, throws and bedcovers, pillow inserts, and floor cushions. “…made only from natural, non-toxic fabrics. Globally inspired throw pillows include ikats, suzanis, wax prints, organic cotton, vintage, batiks, indigo cloth and tie-dyes. The fabrics are woven only from natural, non-toxic fibers, using mostly ancient techniques and low impact dyes. A story, a person and a culture are behind every fiber. Most decorative pillow cover fabrics are woven on handlooms and the artisans are paid fair wages for their skills. Decorative pillow inserts are made with kapok fiber filling and organic cotton shells. Kapok fiber is natural, organic, pesticide free, non-allergenic, mold and mildew resistant, lightweight, odorless, silky, sustainable, washable and non-toxic. All inserts are made in the U.S.A.” And I have to mention colorful vintage sari parasols that are a must if you live in a sunny climate. This site is ALL about natural fiber fabrics and doing creative things with them.
A colorful selection of knit fabrics that are hard to find in 100% organic cotton. “We produce all of our fabric within 150 miles of our Asheville, NC headquarters from cotton grown in Texas by the Texas Organic Growers Co-Op. The dyes used are low impact fiber reactive and are maintained in a closed loop system. Textiles are typically bleached and dyed. We avoid bleached fibers by using a citrus scour for our naturals and a peroxide wash derived from apples for our whites. On the subject of color, we use non-radioactive, heavy metal free, fiber-reactive dyes in a closed-loop system, preventing any toxic substances from being released into the external environment and allowing unfixed dye and water to be recycled.”
Some unusual GOTS Certified organic fabrics such as organic cotton fleece, terry cloth, flannel in patterns, and more.
The two sisters who created this website know more about toxics in textiles and how to choose safe fabrics than any two people I’ve ever met. After years of selling organic upholstery fabrics to the trade, they now have a retail site where you can get the best fabrics for all your fabric needs. “Surround yourself with fabric free of chemical residues that can trigger or aggravate health problems, who production has been safe for the earth, from a company that defines transparency….Safe enough for your newborn. Sophisticated enough for your mother-in-law. Tough enough for the after school gang.” These fabrics are gorgeous. Search by use or color. Fabric for apparel, drapery, tabletop, upholstery, and bedding. $1 samples available. Also readymade napkins, tea towels, and pillow covers. Website has lots of information about fabrics, how they are made, and toxics.
|Listen to my interviews with Patty Grossman and Leigh Anne Van Dusen, co-Founders (and sisters) of O Ecotextiles|
GOTS certified unbleached, undyed, 100% organic linen, which you can buy by the yard or made into bedding, underwear, simple clothing and other miscellaneous items. Be sure to read the results of the scientific study that shows the healing effects of linen.
|Listen to my interview with Melanie Ellison, who established Life-giving Linen|
Organic cotton fabrics, without dyes, natural color, or dyed with low-impact dyes. Knits, terry, twills, wide sheeting, plaid flannels, embroidered, and more. Prints from Harmony Art and others. Also organic cotton batting, yarns, lace, ribbons, thread and other notions. PLUS hemp fabrics, cord, yarn, thread and other hemp basics. Special page shows items Made in USA. They are a “fully GOTS certified business from our mill in India all the way through packing and shipping at our website, the only such certified company in the USA…The 100% organic cotton fabrics that we carry which are GOTS certified as finished goods are the Undyed Wovens, Undyed Knits, the dyed interlock in the following colors: Black, White, Pink, Light Blue, Lavender, Lime Green, Grey Stripe, Grey Melange, Pink Stripe, Baby Blue, Banana, Butterscotch, Dark Blue, Orchid Purple, and Plum, the dyed Jersey and Fleece in the following colors: Black, White, Pink, LIght Blue, Lavender, and Navy. The dyed Twill and Duck fabrics, all of the Daisy Janie fabrics, and some of the printed Muslin fabrics are also GOTS certified. All other 100% organic cotton fabrics that we carry have been made with GOTS certified organic cotton fiber but are not certified as finished goods. These are still 100% organic cotton fabrics regardless though.” Many of the fabrics are labeled GOTS-certified and come up when you search on GOTS with their search box. If you have any questions about which fabrics are GOTS finished goods, call them up and they will be happy to clarify.
GOTS certified organic fabrics sold online by a little shop in the South of France, who ships to the USA (choose your currency at the top right corner). Woven, cotton, printed cotton, cotton knits and jersey, linen and flax, batting and filling, wide width fabrics…all meet strict GOTS standards for organic materials and processing from start to finish.
|Listen to my interview with Stephanie Abgrall, founder of the Only Organic Fabric Shop website.|