KesselringTotes

Eco-conscious fabrics and notions

St Louis, Missouri · 513 Sales

KesselringTotes

Eco-conscious fabrics and notions

St Louis, Missouri 513 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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(116)

Announcement   Selling my stash of organic fabrics and supplies, as I no longer sew professionally.

FIRST CLASS and PRIORITY shipping options available both in the US and internationally; all shipping charge overages of more than $1 will be refunded. This means you only pay the actual USPS shipping price.

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Last updated on Jan 15, 2018

Selling my stash of organic fabrics and supplies, as I no longer sew professionally.

FIRST CLASS and PRIORITY shipping options available both in the US and internationally; all shipping charge overages of more than $1 will be refunded. This means you only pay the actual USPS shipping price.

Sonia Kesselring

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Sonia Kesselring

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Making Fun and Functional Products out of Eco-Friendly Fabrics

My relatives have a long history of working with fabric, including re-using fabric to make new and beautiful items. I have many memories of Grandma Edna's hook rugs depicting entire dessert landscapes using old clothing; this tradition was passed down to her by her elders. I'm inspired by my heritage, to create useful products from organic, upcycled, and eco-friendly fabrics.

I love creating functional products. My goal when I design and sew a product is to always make it of excellent quality so that it is both durable and interesting. I also strive to develop designs that allow me to keep my prices fair, so that many people may enjoy my work.

I began my business using fabric scraps or smaller second-hand remnants to construct my bags. Now, after extensive reading about the environmental, social, and ethical aspects of cotton farming and fabric production, I have added new and beautiful organic fabrics to my arsenal. Though I feel that using upcycled fabrics is the most eco-friendly fabric choice, I find that older styles appeal to a smaller audience. Wanting to incorporate more modern fabrics into my work, I have invested in an assortment of GOTS Certified 100% organic cotton fabrics. In addition, I have researched fabrics for snack and sandwich bags that are machine washable, do not wrinkle, and keep the food fresh; I've settled upon using made in the USA PUL by Eco-PUL for wet bags and food safe zipper pouches. As an added plus, to reduce my carbon footprint, I'm delighted that this fabric is distributed from my own town of St. Louis, Missouri.

Ask me what "colorgrown" means in organic cotton fabric manufacturing, and you're sure to get me into a great discussion! I'm also keeping my eye on grown in/manufactured in the USA cottons, as another a way to reduce the carbon footprint for producing my bags.

I design and sew all the products sold by Kesselring Totes. I hope you enjoy viewing and using my products!

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  • Sonia Kesselring

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I enjoy sewing and love designing new bags with organic and second-hand fabrics. I am a former computer programmer who has turned to sewing to allow more family time.

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