After sifting through dozens of online fabric stores, designer webpages, and Etsy shops, I settled on the following four designers for this Handmade Home Roundup. These designers stand out for their dedication to environmentally-friendly production and inputs as much as their fresh, inspiring patterns. Never before have I wanted so much to break out my sewing machine and whip-up table linens and curtains!
Ink & Spindle, the venture of two Australian textile designers, offers some of the most versatile fresh patterns I've found, and I'm in love with their designs' subtle complimenting colors. Ink & Spindle's transparent production philosophy gives shoppers complete confidence they are purchasing non-toxic quality fabrics for their home. Although Ink & Spindle takes precautions in their eco-friendly production, they elevate their commitment by offsetting what carbon emissions they do have by supporting Carbon Neutral. Fabrics are sold in bundles, by the yard, and as kits and are available in medium, canvas, and base cloth weight. There's also a great discount page on their website. I'm interested to learn our readers' opinions on these reasonably priced designs.
Located in Austin, Texas, Mod Green Pod sells to both wholesale and retail clients through their website. Their printed fabrics are 54" wide and are made of "ultra-soft but study and strong organic cotton suitable for a wide variety of upholstery and home decorating pieces." Mod Green Pod is a member of the Organic Trade Association and strictly follows the fiber standards of the OTA. Not only are their fabrics printed in the United States, but the certified cotton used to make their fabrics is grown domestically as well. Mod Green Pod's printing goes beyond their richly patterned fabrics to include natural wallpapers made of water-based inks, FSC certified paper, and water-based glaze. All of Mod Green Pod's designs are sophisticated with their bold colors and intricate patterns. The best part of their website: their Room Creator! Custom orders are available as well as samples. Patterns sell for $39.75 per yard while solids are $29.75 per yard.
California-based Birch Fabrics prints their fun-loving, kid-friendly patterns on 100% organic cotton. Certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), their fabrics are printed using low-impact dyes. Their fabric weights are suitable for quilting and crafting home goods. With subjects ranging from starbursts to owls to mid-century-designed chairs, these fabrics can find a place in your baby's nursery, your crafting room, or on your sun porch. Birch fabrics are available through various domestic and international retailers. Click here for details.
Chicago-based textile artist Mara Snipes marries her simple line drawing patterns with natural fibers to create the one-of-a-kind fabrics sold in her online shop Maramiki. Using her own fabrics, Snipes also sells pillowcases, kitchen linens, and throw pillow covers. Although Maramiki doesn't divulge their fabrics' organic content, they are all made from natural fibers—linen, cotton, linen blends, silk—allowing you to compost the fabrics if they ever wear out. Appearing to be the smallest shop on our list, Maramiki was chosen for their delicate, feminine designs. Fabrics are also available for wholesale.