Mother and daughter team Jen and Jane design and handcraft each item in their SewnNatural collection. The extensive line includes all kinds of baby-inspired textiles such as, bamboo washcloth wipes, picnic blankets, car seat organizers, toys, clothes, and bedding. The items use mostly organic, reclaimed, vintage, repurposed or recycled fabrics and each is individually sewn by either Jen or Jane.The line features products that are earth-friendly, safe and healthy for babies, and sweatshop free. In so many ways this line is an amazing legacy to the unaware babies who will use it, sleep on it, play with it, wear it, or sleep on it. Maybe someday they’ll create something as important for the generation that follows them too.
SewnNatural is about generations of women passing their skills and appreciation of healthy well-made items. There’s such a rich and wonderful story here. Jane fell in love with textiles while learning to sew her first patchwork quilt from her grandmother as a young girl. Years later Jane’s own daughter Jen searched unsuccessfully for organic, vintage-inspired baby gear during her first pregnancy. After enlisting her mother’s help to create the pieces she wanted, they realized that there may be a demand for other similar pieces, so SewnNatural was born.
The line has expanded and includes so many lovely and practical items for new parents and babies. Highlights include the roll-up picnic blanket (image 3 above), and the toddler nap mat which was created after repeated requests for a safe alternative to nap mats traditionally made of PVC or polyester. You can view the complete line through Jen and Jane’s SewnNatural etsy shop, as well as a variety of brick and mortar and online shops both in North America and abroad, all the way to New Zealand. Among these shops are: 3LittleMonkeys in Ottawa, Ontario, The Green Life in Burlington VT, Saplings (online, based out of BC Canada) and Clover House in Seattle, WA.
My daughter loves to ask, "Who made this, Mom?" Choosing natural dolls and clothes can help teach kids about making conscious consumer choices and learn about where their "things" come from. How we spend our money impacts the world around us, and teaching the importance of buying handmade at a young age is a wonderful lesson.
- Jennifer Chandler