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Featured Shop: SewnNatural

May 15, 2013

by Sewn Natural

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

We’re Jen and Jane, a mother and daughter (now grandmother and mother) based in Ottawa, Canada, who share a shop, SewnNatural. We make modern, eco-friendly handcrafted products for children and their parents.

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I work out of a studio in my 100-year-old home, and tend to corral my kiddos into helping me with the shop. My mother Jane has her own home studio across the city from us. I fit my work in around homeschooling and chasing my toddler, while Jane works full time for the shop. We recently started collaborating with Stephanie, a local fiber artist who helps with photography and makes some awesome wool toys and custom sculpted pet portraits.

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SewnNatural started in 2008 because I was having trouble finding modern organic gear for my (then) baby daughter. Our collection grew slowly as my mother and I began making things for our family and put them in the shop.  Every day, we draw on our collective experiences in quilting, fashion design, sewing and embroidery, environmental activism, teaching, and parenthood to make one-of-a-kind handmade goods. We design everything ourselves and often use all four of our hands in making things. We sew, quilt, needle felt, and embroider using only natural fibers, and certified organic or upcycled vintage fabrics.

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For our buyers, conscious consumerism means spending money on one well-designed dress – or picnic blanket or baby mobile – instead of five. It means buying less but buying better, choosing something that you absolutely love and you know will last. It means choosing sweatshop-free goods that are infused with the love and positivity of the person who made them. For us as makers, conscious consumerism means focusing on sustainable design so there is little waste and our goods are durable and not too trendy. It means consciously choosing materials that leave the smallest footprint on the Earth, like water-based dyes, organic fabrics, and long-forgotten vintage pieces that need a new life. These commitments are very important to us as both buyers and as artisans, and we know they are meaningful to our customers.

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For us, Etsy is an amazing and supportive creative hub. The best part is the artisans and the collaborative ideas that come about when people help each other out. We just launched a collaborative mini collection of organic pillows that features the photography of local Ottawa artist (and friend) Raceytay. Thanks to Etsy, local and global can happily coexist.

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We sell handmade to people all over the world, and it all starts in our little “village” of family and friends right here in Ottawa. Our incredible customers make it all worthwhile – they not only feed us new ideas and help us tweak products, but also offer support and gratitude. Our baby bedding clients asked us to make non-toxic toddler nap mats and now they are one of our biggest sellers. It’s a delightful thing to be able to earn income from working with your hands and your family while doing things you love.

All photographs by SewnNatural.

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Personalized Baby Bib - AS SEEN In the Huffington Post- Organic Baby Bib - Hand Embroidered- New Baby Gift
Personalized Baby Bib - AS SEEN In the Huffington Post- Organic Baby Bib - Hand Embroidered- New Baby Gift
SewnNatural
$40.00 USD
Organic Throw Blanket, Kids Bedroom Decor, Throw, Blanket, Eco Friendly
Organic Throw Blanket, Kids Bedroom Decor, Throw, Blanket, Eco Friendly
SewnNatural
$140.00 USD
Plaid Blanket Scarf in Wool- Oversized Scarf- USA-milled Buffalo Check Wool- Mens Scarves, Clothing, Wrap- Winter Fashion
Plaid Blanket Scarf in Wool- Oversized Scarf- USA-milled Buffalo Check Wool- Mens Scarves, Clothing, Wrap- Winter Fashion
SewnNatural
$79.00 USD
Felted Miniature Decor- Wool Acorns Ornaments SET in Teal Gray White- Tree Ornaments - Eco Friendly Rustic Home Decor
Felted Miniature Decor- Wool Acorns Ornaments SET in Teal Gray White- Tree Ornaments - Eco Friendly Rustic Home Decor
SewnNatural
$18.00 USD
The Kinder Kids' Organic SLEEPING BAG™ -Childrens Sleep Sack in Night Sky Stars- Organic Sleep Bag for Camping and Sleepovers
The Kinder Kids' Organic SLEEPING BAG™ -Childrens Sleep Sack in Night Sky Stars- Organic Sleep Bag for Camping and Sleepovers
SewnNatural
$325.00 USD
Waterproof Picnic Blanket | Eco Friendly | Picnic Blanket | Gift for Couple
Waterproof Picnic Blanket | Eco Friendly | Picnic Blanket | Gift for Couple
SewnNatural
$135.00 USD
Cloth Napkins SET of 4 in Antique Brown Stripes- Rustic Kitchen Table Decor - Vintage Cotton, Gift for Men Guys
Cloth Napkins SET of 4 in Antique Brown Stripes- Rustic Kitchen Table Decor - Vintage Cotton, Gift for Men Guys
SewnNatural
$40.00 USD
Felted Honey Bee Mobile in Wool for Baby Nursery - Eco Friendly Kids Home Decor - Felted Wool Mobile
Felted Honey Bee Mobile in Wool for Baby Nursery - Eco Friendly Kids Home Decor - Felted Wool Mobile
SewnNatural
$115.00 USD
Throw, Organic Throw Blanket, Eco Friendly, Home Decor, Organic Blanket, Gift for Her
Throw, Organic Throw Blanket, Eco Friendly, Home Decor, Organic Blanket, Gift for Her
SewnNatural
$140.00 USD
Cloud Mobile ORGANIC Wool- Rainbow Baby Mobile - Eco Friendly Baby Decor - Home Decor
Cloud Mobile ORGANIC Wool- Rainbow Baby Mobile - Eco Friendly Baby Decor - Home Decor
SewnNatural
$40.00 USD
Picnic Blanket- Red Gingham- Waterproof Picnic Blanket, Eco Friendly, Personalized Picnic Blanket
Picnic Blanket- Red Gingham- Waterproof Picnic Blanket, Eco Friendly, Personalized Picnic Blanket
SewnNatural
$140.00 USD
ORGANIC Picnic Blanket, Fourth of July, Roll Up Picnic Blanket, Waterproof Beach Blanket (Ready to Ship)
ORGANIC Picnic Blanket, Fourth of July, Roll Up Picnic Blanket, Waterproof Beach Blanket (Ready to Ship)
SewnNatural
$180.00 USD
Canada Day Picnic Blanket- Picnic Blanket, Waterproof Picnic Blanket, Red and White Geometric (Ready to Ship)
Canada Day Picnic Blanket- Picnic Blanket, Waterproof Picnic Blanket, Red and White Geometric (Ready to Ship)
SewnNatural
$140.00 USD
Galaxy Throw Blanket- Organic Blanket, Throw, For Kids (SewnNatural Exclusive)
Galaxy Throw Blanket- Organic Blanket, Throw, For Kids (SewnNatural Exclusive)
SewnNatural
$140.00 USD
AS SEEN on Cityline TV! Picnic Blanket-Eco Friendly Waterproof Picnic Blanket- Red and White Gingham- Personalized, Wedding Gift
AS SEEN on Cityline TV! Picnic Blanket-Eco Friendly Waterproof Picnic Blanket- Red and White Gingham- Personalized, Wedding Gift
SewnNatural
$135.00 USD
Picnic Blanket ORGANIC- Mountain Bears and Stars on Khaki Brown- Camping Gear, Rustic Decor, Organic Cotton
Picnic Blanket ORGANIC- Mountain Bears and Stars on Khaki Brown- Camping Gear, Rustic Decor, Organic Cotton
SewnNatural
$180.00 USD
Valentine's Day Cloth Napkins in Burgundy Red- SET of 4 Reversible Napkins- Table Napkins, Cloth Table Napkins
Valentine's Day Cloth Napkins in Burgundy Red- SET of 4 Reversible Napkins- Table Napkins, Cloth Table Napkins
SewnNatural
$40.00 USD
Organic Blanket- Dorm Decor- Throw Blanket, Bed Blanket in Galaxy, Home Decor
Organic Blanket- Dorm Decor- Throw Blanket, Bed Blanket in Galaxy, Home Decor
SewnNatural
$140.00 USD
Felted Miniature Pet DOG in Wool- Custom Dog Portrait - Personalized Gift- Custom Sculpture of Your Pet
Felted Miniature Pet DOG in Wool- Custom Dog Portrait - Personalized Gift- Custom Sculpture of Your Pet
SewnNatural
$120.00 USD
Picnic Blanket | Buffalo Plaid in Black and Red | Essential Summer Gear
Picnic Blanket | Buffalo Plaid in Black and Red | Essential Summer Gear
SewnNatural
$140.00 USD
Picnic Blanket, ORGANIC Picnic Blanket, Palm Trees, Tropical Decor, Waterproof, Beach Blanket
Picnic Blanket, ORGANIC Picnic Blanket, Palm Trees, Tropical Decor, Waterproof, Beach Blanket
SewnNatural
$180.00 USD
Organic Baby Blanket in Black and White Sheep - Modern Baby Blanket- Nursery Decor- Eco Friendly Baby, Kids
Organic Baby Blanket in Black and White Sheep - Modern Baby Blanket- Nursery Decor- Eco Friendly Baby, Kids
SewnNatural
$64.00 USD
Throw Blanket in Wool- Cozy Throw in Red and Black Plaid- Rustic, Picnic Blanket (Great Guy Gift)
Throw Blanket in Wool- Cozy Throw in Red and Black Plaid- Rustic, Picnic Blanket (Great Guy Gift)
SewnNatural
$129.00 USD
Throw Blanket- Wool Afghan in Buffalo Check- Cozy Home Decor- Christmas Decor- Gift for Men
Throw Blanket- Wool Afghan in Buffalo Check- Cozy Home Decor- Christmas Decor- Gift for Men
SewnNatural
$129.00 USD
Green Marimekko Picnic Blanket- Roll up Picnic Blanket- Ready to Ship
Green Marimekko Picnic Blanket- Roll up Picnic Blanket- Ready to Ship
SewnNatural
$225.00 USD
Picnic Blanket- Organic- Waterproof Picnic Blanket, Orange Gingham
Picnic Blanket- Organic- Waterproof Picnic Blanket, Orange Gingham
SewnNatural
$180.00 USD
Cloth Napkins SET of 4 - Green Striped Table Napkins in Vintage Cotton - Eco Friendly Cloth Napkins - Food Napkins (Ready to Ship)
Cloth Napkins SET of 4 - Green Striped Table Napkins in Vintage Cotton - Eco Friendly Cloth Napkins - Food Napkins (Ready to Ship)
SewnNatural
$30.00 USD
Mother's Day Picnic Blanket- Waterproof Picnic Blanket, Personalized Gift, Flowers, Mothers Day Gift
Mother's Day Picnic Blanket- Waterproof Picnic Blanket, Personalized Gift, Flowers, Mothers Day Gift
SewnNatural
$170.00 USD
Picnic Blanket- Forest Green Gingham- Waterproof Picnic Blanket- Classic Gift
Picnic Blanket- Forest Green Gingham- Waterproof Picnic Blanket- Classic Gift
SewnNatural
$140.00 USD
ORGANIC Baby Bib - Dala Horses in Red and White- Baby Bib- Eco Friendly, Modern, Baby Shower Gift
ORGANIC Baby Bib - Dala Horses in Red and White- Baby Bib- Eco Friendly, Modern, Baby Shower Gift
SewnNatural
$18.00 USD
Pet Portrait, Felted Miniature, Custom Felted DOG in Wool, Custom Pet Portrait 3D, Personalized Gift
Pet Portrait, Felted Miniature, Custom Felted DOG in Wool, Custom Pet Portrait 3D, Personalized Gift
SewnNatural
$120.00 USD
Brown Striped Cloth Napkins SET of 4 - Rustic Kitchen Table Decor in Antique Vintage Ticking Cotton - Autumn Harvest Napkins
Brown Striped Cloth Napkins SET of 4 - Rustic Kitchen Table Decor in Antique Vintage Ticking Cotton - Autumn Harvest Napkins
SewnNatural
$40.00 USD
Cabin Blanket in Soft USA Wool- Rustic Home Decor, Throw Blanket, Red and Black, Buffalo Check
Cabin Blanket in Soft USA Wool- Rustic Home Decor, Throw Blanket, Red and Black, Buffalo Check
SewnNatural
$129.00 USD
The LumberJill Dress- Girls Dress- Buffalo Plaid in Red and Black- Tunic- Dress
The LumberJill Dress- Girls Dress- Buffalo Plaid in Red and Black- Tunic- Dress
SewnNatural
$65.00 USD
Cloth Napkins- ORGANIC with Antique Lace Napkins Set of 2- White Holiday Decor- Table Decor- Eco Friendly Gift
Cloth Napkins- ORGANIC with Antique Lace Napkins Set of 2- White Holiday Decor- Table Decor- Eco Friendly Gift
SewnNatural
$20.00 USD
Ocean Pillow- Organic Pillow, Photo Pillow, Decorative Pillow, Throw Pillow, Pillow Sham - Nautical Home Decor
Ocean Pillow- Organic Pillow, Photo Pillow, Decorative Pillow, Throw Pillow, Pillow Sham - Nautical Home Decor
SewnNatural
$36.00 USD
Chevron Organic Cotton Sateen Fabric - 1 yard - Modern Geometric Kids Bedding Fabric - Nursery Decor in Green, Gold or Brown
Chevron Organic Cotton Sateen Fabric - 1 yard - Modern Geometric Kids Bedding Fabric - Nursery Decor in Green, Gold or Brown
SewnNatural
$38.00 USD
Girls Cape in Pink and Gray with Peter Pan Collar - Fall Winter Boiled Wool Capelet Size 12 months 1T to 3T - Holiday Party Fashion Shrug
Girls Cape in Pink and Gray with Peter Pan Collar - Fall Winter Boiled Wool Capelet Size 12 months 1T to 3T - Holiday Party Fashion Shrug
SewnNatural
$75.00 USD
Girls Wool Cape in Squares and Checks with Peter Pan Collar - Spring Fashion Capelet  Size 3T to 5T - Black White Shrug (Ready to Ship)
Girls Wool Cape in Squares and Checks with Peter Pan Collar - Spring Fashion Capelet Size 3T to 5T - Black White Shrug (Ready to Ship)
SewnNatural
$65.00 USD
Girls Boiled Wool Cape - Amethyst Purple Hooded Capelet - Size 12 months 1T to 3T - Spring Kids Fashion Shrug
Girls Boiled Wool Cape - Amethyst Purple Hooded Capelet - Size 12 months 1T to 3T - Spring Kids Fashion Shrug
SewnNatural
$75.00 USD
Napkins in Antique Blue Ticking- Cloth Napkins Set of 4- Rustic Kitchen, Table Decor, Easter Decor, Vintage Cotton
Napkins in Antique Blue Ticking- Cloth Napkins Set of 4- Rustic Kitchen, Table Decor, Easter Decor, Vintage Cotton
SewnNatural
$32.00 USD
The Lemon Ice Dress - girls summer dress - party flower girls pinafore in textured yellow eyelet lace (ready to ship SIZE 3T)
The Lemon Ice Dress - girls summer dress - party flower girls pinafore in textured yellow eyelet lace (ready to ship SIZE 3T)
SewnNatural
$68.00 USD
Organic Toddler Nap Mat - Preschool Napmat AS SEEN IN Cool Mom Picks - Eco-Friendly Kids Bedding - Forest Toadstools
Organic Toddler Nap Mat - Preschool Napmat AS SEEN IN Cool Mom Picks - Eco-Friendly Kids Bedding - Forest Toadstools
SewnNatural
$139.00 USD
Galaxy Scarf, Organic Scarf for Kids, Blue Night Sky, Organic Cotton Knit Tube Scarf, Fall Fashion, Winter Scarf
Galaxy Scarf, Organic Scarf for Kids, Blue Night Sky, Organic Cotton Knit Tube Scarf, Fall Fashion, Winter Scarf
SewnNatural
$36.00 USD
In Etsy's Lookbook - Goodnight Galaxy Pillow Sham Cover - Organic Toddler Pillow Cushion - Baby Home Decor in Dark Night Sky Blue
In Etsy's Lookbook - Goodnight Galaxy Pillow Sham Cover - Organic Toddler Pillow Cushion - Baby Home Decor in Dark Night Sky Blue
SewnNatural
$40.00 USD
Kitchen Towels in Linen SET of 4- Cloth Napkins in Red and White- Gourmet Foodie Gift
Kitchen Towels in Linen SET of 4- Cloth Napkins in Red and White- Gourmet Foodie Gift
SewnNatural
$30.00 USD
Felted Animal Turtle Toy- Hamlet the Giant Tortoise Turtle - Foot Long Wool Pet - Needle Felted Animal
Felted Animal Turtle Toy- Hamlet the Giant Tortoise Turtle - Foot Long Wool Pet - Needle Felted Animal
SewnNatural
$50.00 USD
NAP MAT- 100% Organic Nap Mat- Green Plaid- Toddler Nap Mat, Preschool Napmat
NAP MAT- 100% Organic Nap Mat- Green Plaid- Toddler Nap Mat, Preschool Napmat
SewnNatural
$139.00 USD
Wool Blanket- Throw, Afghan, Sofa Blanket, Bed Blanket in Red and Black Plaid- Gift for Men
Wool Blanket- Throw, Afghan, Sofa Blanket, Bed Blanket in Red and Black Plaid- Gift for Men
SewnNatural
$129.00 USD
Organic Pillow Sham Cover- Silver Beach Shell- Pillow Sham, Decorative Throw Pillow, Organic Pillow- Summer Home Decor
Organic Pillow Sham Cover- Silver Beach Shell- Pillow Sham, Decorative Throw Pillow, Organic Pillow- Summer Home Decor
SewnNatural
$36.00 USD
Cloth Napkins - Antique Teal Napkins SET of 4 - Fall Winter Table Decor - Dark Blue and Red 19th century Vintage Reproduction Cotton
Cloth Napkins - Antique Teal Napkins SET of 4 - Fall Winter Table Decor - Dark Blue and Red 19th century Vintage Reproduction Cotton
SewnNatural
$30.00 USD
Girls Cape in Pink Wool - Kids Shrug Capelet with Peter Pan Collar - Spring Fashion
Girls Cape in Pink Wool - Kids Shrug Capelet with Peter Pan Collar - Spring Fashion
SewnNatural
$75.00 USD
Picnic Blanket- Large Pink Gingham- Beach Blanket- Waterproof Picnic Blanket
Picnic Blanket- Large Pink Gingham- Beach Blanket- Waterproof Picnic Blanket
SewnNatural
$140.00 USD
Organic Baby Quilt- Marbled Watercolor in Green and Blue- Eco-Friendly Baby- Modern Baby Nursery
Organic Baby Quilt- Marbled Watercolor in Green and Blue- Eco-Friendly Baby- Modern Baby Nursery
SewnNatural
$120.00 USD
Girls Pink Cape Shrug -  Wool Kids Capelet with Peter Pan Collar Size 1T to 3T - Fall Winter Fashion
Girls Pink Cape Shrug - Wool Kids Capelet with Peter Pan Collar Size 1T to 3T - Fall Winter Fashion
SewnNatural
$75.00 USD
Deer Antler Pillow in Eco Cotton 14"- Deer Pillow- Decorative Throw Pillow in Orange and White- Rustic Decor
Deer Antler Pillow in Eco Cotton 14"- Deer Pillow- Decorative Throw Pillow in Orange and White- Rustic Decor
SewnNatural
$46.00 USD
Picnic Blanket in Blue Gingham- Beach Blanket- Waterproof Picnic Blanket- Personalized Wedding Gift
Picnic Blanket in Blue Gingham- Beach Blanket- Waterproof Picnic Blanket- Personalized Wedding Gift
SewnNatural
$155.00 USD
Picnic Blanket, ORGANIC Picnic Blanket, Roll-Up Beach Blanket, Galaxy Stars, Personalized Picnic Blanket
Picnic Blanket, ORGANIC Picnic Blanket, Roll-Up Beach Blanket, Galaxy Stars, Personalized Picnic Blanket
SewnNatural
$180.00 USD
Picnic Blanket- Vintage Marimekko Cotton in Marsala Red- Quilted Portable Blanket- Personalized Gift for Men (Ready to Ship)
Picnic Blanket- Vintage Marimekko Cotton in Marsala Red- Quilted Portable Blanket- Personalized Gift for Men (Ready to Ship)
SewnNatural
$169.00 USD
Baby BLANKET in Organic Cotton- Blue and White Trees, Modern Baby Blanket, Eco Friendly
Baby BLANKET in Organic Cotton- Blue and White Trees, Modern Baby Blanket, Eco Friendly
SewnNatural
$52.00 USD

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