Ethical/Fair Trade Craft Supplies

Yarn, Beads, Fabrics & More

 

Do you enjoy crafts but struggle finding ethically-made craft supplies?  As a crafter myself, I know it can be difficult to trace where your craft supplies come from.  Below find craft materials like fair trade yarn, craft scissors and handmade beads which you can trace right to the source and know your purchase is supporting a good cause.

(NOTES: This is a shopping guide so prices and availability can change without notice.  If you buy through some of these links, a small amount may come back to help support the mission of Change the World by How You Shop.)

"World's most sustainable silk" woven into yarn in the Meghalaya tradition by talented women weavers in India. They offer hand-dyed natural, soft silk yarn in multiple colors.

Prices: $25 - $36

Muezart
Muezart Peace Eri Silk Yarn.  Soft silk yarn woven in the Meghalaya tradition in India.

"Strives to reduce poverty in Guatemala by providing educational opportunities for students of all ages." They offer beautiful fair trade yarn and hand carved weaving looms, including kits to teach children how to weave.

Prices: $7 - $58

Education and More
Education and More cotton yarn. Hand-dyed with natural dyes and fair trade. https://www.educationandmore.org/collections/backstrap-weaving-looms-and-yarn

"A global marketplace and the beautiful products in this shop are made by women empowered by Mercy House Global." They sell make-your-own-jewelry kits for kids.

Prices: $4 - $18

Mercy House Shop
Mercy House Make Your Own Bracelet Kit.

On a mission “to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity." They sell beautiful silk fabric from Cambodia.

Prices: $15

Shop With a Mission
Shop With a Mission fair trade fabric silk.

To find more places to buy ethically-made crafts supplies, including fabrics and yarns, keep scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

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"The original fair trader," started in 1946! They sell  Twisty Snippers, perfect for craft scissors. And they sell cool cloth measuring tapes and artist tool roll up pouches. (To also find their products in retail locations near you, click here.)​

Prices: $13 - $30

Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages craft scissors.. Fair trade.

Sells products handmade by women rising out of poverty in Uganda and Indonesia. They offer jewelry-making kits for kids using their beautiful handmade beads.

Prices: $42

31 Bits
31 Bits Kids jewelry making kit. Handmade beads. https://31bits.com/collections/kids

“Purchase a product--transform a life.”  They sell fair trade beeswax candle kits, made in Rwanda, so you can make your own candles. These are a fun project to do with kids.

Prices: $13

Bought Beautifully
Azizi Life beeswax candle kit. Fair trade. Make your own candles! https://azizilife.com/products/#candles

"A social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sell hand-dyed and batiked quilting squares and kitenge heart pin cushions.

Prices: $8 - $58

Amani Ya Juu
Amani Ya Juu Fair Trade Hand-Dyed and Batiked Quilting Squares Fabric.

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“You’re never too young to change a life on the other side of the world.”   KidKnits sells craft kits for kids with yarn handspun by women in Rwanda and Chile  They also offer their handspun yarn for crafters. (My son loves his Kid Knits hat kit!)

Prices: $11 - $28

Kid Knits
Kid Knits knit kit. Ethically made yarn that chages lives and kids get to knit their own hat! https://shop.kidknits.org/collections/kidknits-hat-kits

""Creating jobs for mothers & fathers who don’t want to have to abandon their children to an orphanage because they can’t feed them." They offer their beautiful handmade paper and ceramic beads for craft projects​, with lots of color options.

Prices: $4 - $12

Papillon Enterprise
Papillon handmade multicolor beads for craft projects. https://papillonmarketplace.com/search?type=product%2Cpage&q=beads

"A fair trade nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Mayan women in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty." They sell traditionally handwoven Mayan cinta by the yard for do-it-yourself craft projects.

Prices: $7 - $8

Mayan Hands
Mayan Hands handwoven cinta. Traditionally woven mayan cinta sold by they yard for do-it-yourself craft projects. https://www.mayanhands.org/collections/supplies-to-do-it-yourself

Handcrafted pottery, made in the USA, which gives back one week of clean water  through Water for Good. They sell friendship bead maker's kits, for you to make your own personalized bracelets with their ceramic beads.

Prices: $25

MudLOVE
MudLOVE Maker's Kit - Friendship Beads that give back to charity. https://www.mudlove.com/products/makers-kit-friendship-bead

STILL LOOKING?

Below are yet more places to find ethically-made crafts supplies: 

Still Being Molly:

Ethical Brand Directory: Crafts & DIY Supplies

Cloud9 Fabrics

(Ethically-made fabrics from 100% organic cotton.)

Denik

(Art sketchbooks that give back.)

Spoonflower

(Eco-friendly, custom printed fabrics.)

Darn Good Yarn

(Ethically-sourced yarn and knitting and crocheting kits and supplies.)

Fancifuls Inc.

(Made in USA brass charms, embellishments, findings and more for creating your own jewelry.)

CrissX Customs Textiles

(Print on demand fabrics.)

Threadbare Fabrics

(High quality fabrics from Los Angeles.)

Cedar House Fabrics

(Organic fabrics.)

Silk Road Fabrics

(Ethically-traded fabrics and yarns.)

Yana Dee

(Fabric yarn, made from organic cotton.)

Half Moon Atalier

(Blog post with an ultimate list of where to find organic and sustainable fabrics online.)

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