For over five years my work at Stitched in Color has been sponsored by independent fabric stores, typically small-scale family businesses spread far and wide. It has always been a rapidly changing industry with stores springing up, evolving and sometimes closing as new big players in fabric manufacturer, new social media platforms and consumer buying patterns continue to rock the boat.
I choose to limit the amount of fabric store sponsors I represent. That means I don't bring in new sponsors unless a current sponsor steps out. This season I have had to say goodbye to several stores, some no longer carrying fabric or priced out of the U.S. market. It's always sad to see relationships end, but change brings opportunity too. Rather than pulling new sponsors from a wait list of interested stores, I opted to look around for businesses I would particularly like to partner with. Thus welcomes for small batch hand dyed fabric (Cape Cod Shibori), long arm quilting service (Emerson Quilting) and today's ethically-minded fabric store.
HoneyBeGood, now in its fifth year, is a beautiful online shop dedicated to promoting organic and sustainable fabric for the quilting and sewing arts. Stocking a wide variety of manufacturers and diverse fabric substrates (even fabric ready for dying), HoneyBeGood proves that those who prefer organic fabric now have plenty of choices!
Here are just a few collections that caught my eye. The organic flannel elephants, ducks and flowers would be so sweet for crib sheets or toddler pajamas. It's actually on sale now along with quite a few favorites in the Sale and Closeout section. I keep being drawn to this green abstract tree print. I wonder if it wants to be nursery curtains? We find out what we are having in a few weeks...
Fortunately, many manufacturers are now offering eco-friendly lines. HoneyBeGood offers goods from textile artisans and manufacturers large and small, including Birch Fabrics, Clothworks, Cloud9 Fabrics, Daisy Janie, Harmony Art, Monaluna, Timeless Treasures, Windham Fabrics, and many more.
They also carry hard-to-find, eco-friendly notions and supplies such as organic cotton or recycled quilt batting and stuffing. A large assortment of charming wooden buttons are made and manufactured in the United States. You can choose from organic cotton thread or more affordable recycled polyester thread.
I can see why HoneyBeGood describes themselves as a small shop with big dreams and a lot of heart! Their family-owned and operated business is invested in sustainable and
happy living in the 21st century. And that's a goal I'm glad to get behind!
I hope you'll consider making HoneyBeGood one of your stops when on the hunt for just the right fabric. I think you'll find many things to love for quilting, home and apparel projects. Enjoy $3.75 flat rate shipping anywhere in the U.S. so you can justify your purchase, large or small, and take small steps towards a more sustainable future.