Meet Clever Cotton – the eco haberdashery brand veganising the craft world

Read Time:   |  16th September 2022

Concerned that a cross stitch kit doesn't meet your ethical standards? Unsure if your craft supplies are vegan? Let Clever Cotton take you into the world of vegan haberdashery

Cruelty-free crafting is finally here! Clever Cotton has the widest selection and variety of organic, plant-based or recycled knitting and crochet yarns in the world (possibly).

They have everything you need to knit, sew, crochet, mend and repair but are ethical, sustainable and best of all, totally vegan!

Stockists of Kremke, Rellana and Katia, we have yarns for all projects. Vegan Cashmere ( yes, it is a thing), recycled cotton and denim, Tencel to Ekos – possibly the most environmentally friendly yarn in the world manufactured from recycled textiles in a closed loop system.

At last vegan knitters and crocheters of the world finally have a choice with 19 different yarns (with more to come) and hundreds of colours available.

Clever Cotton’s vegan Christmas crafting kits are now available.

What is vegan haberdashery?

We know why vegans don’t wear wool, but the craft alternatives can be a minefield.

Cotton isn’t a ‘clean’ crop when it comes to the environment as it’s very thirsty and uses a disproportionate amount of pesticides – up to 20% of global pesticide use. Then there is the issue of dyes – many dyes contain animal derivatives.

Following deeper research into ethically produced materials, Clever Cotton decided to create and curate the world’s first vegan haberdashery.

A place where there was a choice of ethical, sustainable and cruelty-free yarns to choose from – not just a token offering.

Concerned that a cross stitch kit doesn’t meet your ethical standards? Unsure if your craft supplies are vegan? Find plastics a pain? We carefully select our products by making sure their values align with ours – so the needle and notions manufacturers who strive to be plastic packaging free, invest in communities or are making inroads into minimising their environmental impact are who we chose to stock.

7 Best vegan craft products from Clever Cotton

1. Katia Ekos

Make your projects with Katia Ekos, the most sustainable yarn in the world.

Created to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet, our only home. Knit or crochet your creations in unique colours that are not dyed, and therefore made without water consumption or chemical products.

RRP: £5.00 per yarn

Ekos recycled green yarn

2. Rellana Fruity Feet

No more pfaffing with colour change – the magic is already in the yarn. Knit and the pattern will appear as if my magic.

Each ball is 100g which is enough for one pair of fruity fancies. It’s also best knit on 2.5mm DPN needles.

RRP: £10.00

Freche Fruchte Watermelon socks

3. Kremke Vegan Cashmere

Who knew vegan cashmere would be softer and fluffier than the real thing?

This Kremke vegan cashmere yarn is made with organic cotton and is cruelty-free and lanolin-free and is perfect for hats, scarves, and jumpers.

RRP: £5.00 per yarn

Vegan cashmere yarn

4. Vegan Felt Decoration Kit: Sugar Plum Fairy

Ideal craft kits for beginners or younger crafters, these kits come with pre-punched shapes to sew together to make a collection of cute decorations.

Sugar Plum Fairy Felt Kit includes:
• Pre-cut acrylic felt shapes
• Stuffing, tulle, and threads
• Metal needle
• Plastic needle
• Step-by-step instructions

RRP: £3.50

Vegan felt sugar plum fairy

5. Amigurumi crochet kit

Danny the Ducking is fun to crochet and guarantees hours of fun!

Danny the Duckling and the rest of the Amigurumi crochet kits are crocheted from 100% recycled yarn (containing a minimum of 85% cotton) and are suitable for anyone with basic experience in amigurumi crochet.

Amigurumi Crochet Kits include:
• 100% recycled yarn (min. 85% cotton)
• 2 x 50g bobbin of Popcorn Eco Barbante yarn
• 1 x 50g bobbin of Apricot Eco Barbante yarn
• 1 x 4mm Bamboo crochet hook
• Includes leftover yarn for the details

RRP: £11.00

Hoooked Danny Duckling crochet kit

6. Adult cross stitch kits

This kit would make a great gift for a crafty friend or simply stitch it yourself to decorate your home.

Naughty but nice, designed to give any room a cheeky little statement or maybe to give someone a message.

This counted cross stitch kit includes:
• Printed design chart and guide to cross stitching
• Stranded cotton embroidery floss
• 5-inch wooden embroidery hoop
• Antique white 14-count Aida fabric
• Round point tapestry needle

RRP: £11.50

Adult cross stitch

7. Little Icons Plushies

The Little Icons Plushies range is the perfect project if you fancy relaxing on an evening or gifting something a little different.

The Little Icons Plushies kit includes:
• 2 panels, digitally printed on Organic Panama cotton with the Icon on one and a contrasting pattern for the reverse
• Simple sewing instructions
• Eco-friendly stuffing made from recycled plastic bottles!

RRP: £12.00

Where to find Clever Cotton

For more vegan haberdashery, you can follow Clever Cotton on Facebook and Instagram.

Additionally, you can find more information through their website or simply email [email protected].

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