betzwhite

MD, US
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Betz White is a designer, author and green crafter who combines her whimsical color and design sense with a love for repurposing. In 2005, Betz left her former career as a childrens wear designer to pursue a new love: creating one-of-a-kind items from second hand materials. Her line of home and fashion accessories is sold online around the world and has been featured on Martha Stewarts television show, in CRAFT, Country Living, and Adorn magazines, and on numerous craft podcasts. Her first book, Warm Fuzzies (North Light), was published in Fall 2007. Her second book, Sewing Green (Stewart Tabori and Chang) is due to be released Spring 2009.

craft interests: fashion, home decorating, knitting, sewing, felting

my etsy page:
http://betzwhite.etsy.com

Member Since: 01/21/2009

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How to Make a Reusable Sandwich Wrap

Betz White treats us to this terrific DIY reusable sandwich wrap from her new book Sewing Green. Yummy!

Zippered Bird Pouch and Friends

Felted tweets! Zippered Bird pouch and Stuffed Birdie made from recycled sweaters. Pattern now available in my etsy shop.

Shoe Bags

Cute drawstring bags to put your shoes in when traveling. Made from thrifted sheets!

Cupcake Ornaments

I designed these originally for BH&G Holiday Crafts Magazine. PDF pattern now avaiable on my website!

Felted Wool Scarflette

blogged here: http://blog.betzwhite.com/2009/01/fast-felted-scarflette.html

Cupcake Tape Measure

Felted wool sweaters (or craft felt) are used to make this sweet cupcake tape measure. blogged here

Valentine Purse: felted wool

Just in time for Valentine's Day! blogged here: http://blog.betzwhite.com/2009/01/special-shop-update.html  


recent comments

Re: How to Make a Reusable Sandwich Wrap

Re: food safety
Obviously this is a topic that many people are passionate about! If you are wary of PUL or other plastics, please don't use them. Scan the comments on this post for other creative solutions that readers have left. I feel that the PUL manufacturers state that PUL is not certified as food safe because they have not had the FDA test it for food safety. Personally, vinyl (modern oilcloth) scares the beegeebers out of me due to the hype about lead, yet some folks are happy to use it.

This project was meant to be helpful and create less waste on a daily basis. I hope, as with any project, you make it work for you and tailor it to your own familly's needs and desires.

Re: How to Make a Reusable Sandwich Wrap

Hi All,
Betz here...thanks so much for all of your comments! I will try to answer most of your questions here. Please visit my blog post on packing waste-free lunches at
http://blog.betzwhite.com/2009/03/reusable-sandwich-wrap-tutorial.html

1) Freshness: This keeps PUL wrap keeps sandwiches fresh because of the laminate coating.
2) Food Safety: In my research, I have found that vinyl (modern oilcloth and iron on laminate, etc) is not rated as food safe. I have read that PUL is regarded as food safe as the plastic used in lunch baggies. Waxed cloth and true old fashioned oil cloth would also be food safe, but I have not tried making these finishes myself. Finally, you could make these with plain uncoated fabric, but I am not sure if the bread would get stale.
3) Resources: I apologize about the shop I linked to, I didn't realize that is was not currently taking orders. Check www.acutabovefabrics.com sells PUL and I have found shops on eBay as well. Make sure it is cotton PUL.

If you have any other questions, please visit my blog and leave a comment there as I am more likely to see it. :)
http://blog.betzwhite.com/2009/03/reusable-sandwich-wrap-tutorial.html

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my book!
Thank you,
Betz

Re: Cupcake Ornaments

Thanks! They require a small amount of hand stitching and some gluing. :)