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Fair + Simple Journal

The Pedal Loom in Tablón, Guatemala
This April we traveled to Guatemala to visit the weaving and beading co-ops around Lake Atitlán.  In the highlands around...
10 Fair Trade Goods at Target
Do you want to be responsible with your shopping practices, but unsure of where to begin?   It feels overwhelming, but...
Mend to Be
How to Mend A Legging With Visible Mending Mending engages us with our clothing. You will learn so much about...
Simple Holiday Decorations
Simple Holiday Decor Ideas Christmastime decorations are not often associated with a "less is more" minimalist mentality.  candles, greenery, and...
The Simple Stocking
Wishing you happy holidays in the form of a free stocking pattern.  Enjoy! Download Large Stocking Approximately 6 1/2" x...
The 90's Loungewear Digital Sewing Pattern by Fair + Simple
The 90's Loungewear Set is inspired by the high rise of the nineties, elevating an everyday outfit with a simple...
Organic Color Grown Cotton: A Spotlight on Casa Flor Ixcaco Cooperativa
Casa Flor Ixcaco is a female founded, women-run cooperative located in San Juan La Laguna in Guatemala.  It began over...
The Words She Speaks with Susie Gamez
A personal note:  My husband and I lived in a Mexican neighborhood and community in Chicago during our college and...
The Home Top Digital Sewing Pattern by Fair + Simple
The Home Top Digital Sewing Pattern and Tutorial is the first of The Made by Women Patterns, an initiative to involve...
Expanding perceptions
This past week we toured Crater Lake with dear family friends who were visiting us.  I love taking people here...
Spring Lookbook
Creative direction for the Fair + Simple 2020 spring editorial. Words: natural, movement, authentic, feminine, texture, simple, peaceful, quiet, hands...
Simple Face Mask Tutorial in English and Spanish
with printable pattern & video tutorial In Spanish and English During the Covid-19 pandemic, makers are stepping up to support...
Lesson Plan for Elementary Classrooms:
Recently l was asked to speak about fair + little with elementary students K-5 at my local elementary school.  This...
How to Mend a Hole in Your Wool Sweater
How to mend a hole in your wool sweater. This method leaves behind no bulky knots or loose tails.  The...
17 cents/hour
In Bangladesh, the women are calling on a 17 cents/hour increase to fill the gap in their wages.  But the race to...
Free Sewing Pattern and Tutorial - DIY Knotted Pouch for Reusable Cloth Gift Wrapping
Knotted Pouch Pattern and Tutorial Reusable Cloth Gift Wrapping The knotted pouch, sometimes referred to as an origami pouch, is...
Four Simple Ways to Use a Bread Board
If it's taking space in the kitchen, mothers will tell you it needs to be a power player.  While this wooden board is...
Intuitive Conscious Consumerism
One of the most common questions I get asked about shopping responsibly is how to tell if a brand is a...
For the love of denim
There are three things I like to buy new as opposed buying used like the remaining clothing found in my closet:...
Quieted Insecurities
Two days ago I had a mother and her three children over to my home.  I've known her for a year...

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