Zero-Waste Sewing Projects – Helping Save The Planet

Zero-Waste Sewing ProjectsMany people would only associate reusable shopping bags with zero-waste sewing projects.  However, we've discovered that there's really a lot more you can sew to limit and even eliminate your waste stream.

One of the trends going around our neighborhood at the moment is “zero-waste.”  The idea is a noble one, to save the planet by reducing the amount of waste we produce.  This means reusing more and recycling where ever possible.

When it comes to sewing, it's not only about shopping bags, of course. We set about to collect the biggest list we could of free zer0-waste sewing projects and I wanted to share that list with you below.

I think you'll genuinely be surprised at the number of things you can sew that will help you re-use and recycle more.

So What Is The Zero-Waste Movement Anyway?

According to Planet Aid:

The zero-waste movement is a lifestyle where people aim to eliminate their trash output completely. This means no plastic, no wrappers, no garbage. While this may seem like an unrealistic task in today’s very disposable society, everyday people all over the country are showing that it can be done.

 Zero-Waste Sewing Projects

Other Ways To Help Out

You can really minimize your waste by choosing to recycle.  We've written a lot and collected a lot of projects to help you re-use and recycle your old clothes.  Here's another huge roundup of 100+ Ways to Upcycle and Recycle Old T-Shirts.

100+ Ways to Upcycle and Recycle Old T-Shirts

Zero-Waste Sewing Project Roundup

Here's the list of some of the best zero-waste sewing patterns and projects that I could find on the internet.  I hope they are of value to you. Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right-click and open in a new tab to keep this page open too. And don’t forget to pin it.

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Mea Cadwell
Mea Cadwell

Instead of unsponges (which I found to take awhile to dry and could develop an odor) I cut some cotton mesh fabric into 10″x10″ squares and hemmed them. I use these for scrubbing pots and pans. They dry much more quickly than the unsponges, can be put into the dishwasher or washing machine for cleaning, last a very long time, and are compostable too.

Mayra Cecilia
Noble Member
Reply to  Mea Cadwell

Great Idea Mea!


Sew Sew scraps together to make dog mats for dog shelters and dog toys.

Patricia Regul
Patricia Regul

I love all your suggestions. I especially like the placemat with the pocket for utensils and napkin. These will be great when we camp and eat outside as we won’t have to worry about the napkin and utensils being knocked off the table while waiting to sit and eat. There are so many other projects I want to make as well. Thank you. I have been a long time subscriber to your site, I just love it.


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Now, at last, I can designate so many old sheets and towels as “useful” ~ I esp like your mop covers, and the fabric trash cans (I have inherited embroidery hoops which I don’t use, but never wanted to throw away).
Thanks for distributing this ~ best wishes from the UK

Mayra Cecilia
Noble Member
Reply to  Nick

You are most welcome!, if you make any projects from this list wold you please share on Instagram to see what you have come with?