Oeko-tex and Organic Fabrics

You may have seen that we have a number of organic fabrics in our shop, as well as many Oeko-tex certified ones such as several of the Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton fabrics, and numerous Copenhagen Print Factory fabrics. But what exactly do these terms mean?

The Oeko-tex standard essentially refers to how fabrics are dealt with, and processed. If a fabric is Oeko-tex Standard 100 certified, that means it has been rigorously tested to ensure it is free of over 100 known harmful substances.

Organic fabric refers to the components used to create the fabric, such as cotton. In order to be considered organic, the component used to make that fabric (e.g. cotton) has to have been cultivated according to very strict guidelines, such as being grown without the use of synthesized fertilizers. These fabrics need to meet the requirement of global standards such as the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) in order to be considered organic, much like the way the many Birch fabrics we have available do.

Oeko-tex and organic are not the same and are not interchangeable terms, as they refer to different practises. However, they’re certainly useful to know if you have a preference for either one.

Check out the many Oeko-tex certified and organic fabrics we have available. Do you tend to buy either Oeko-tex or organic fabrics?

 

 

The GOTS certification

The GOTS certification

Oeko-tex and Organic Fabrics 2

Oeko-tex and Organic Fabrics 2

solid pink Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA Pink Flamingo

solid pink Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA Pink Flamingo

white with cute orange flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute orange flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute lime green flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute lime green flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

black with white silhouette tree people fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

black with white silhouette tree people fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

taupe with cute flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

taupe with cute flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute fish grey submarine fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute fish grey submarine fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

navy blue with white bear fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

navy blue with white bear fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute small Christmas tree fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute small Christmas tree fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

lime green laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

lime green laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

blue laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

blue laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

red laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

red laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

navy blue laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

navy blue laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

turquoise with cupboard chair birch poplin organic fabric from the USA

turquoise with cupboard chair birch poplin organic fabric from the USA

light cream with pink flamingo flower birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

light cream with pink flamingo flower birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

light cream navy blue orange anchor birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

light cream navy blue orange anchor birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

turquoise with cupboard chair picture frame birch knit organic fabric USA

turquoise with cupboard chair picture frame birch knit organic fabric USA

light cream orange stripe knit organic fabric USA

light cream orange stripe knit organic fabric USA

modes4u visits Quilt Market (Part 1)

modes4u’s Managing Director Sandra Boch, and IT Manager Alan Mak headed to the world renowned fabric convention, Quilt Market, held in Houston, Texas, at the end of October. Some of the most colorful and creative fabric displays were proudly shown off by international fabric designers and producers eager to showcase their magnificient works to the world. At the convention modes4u saw beautiful fabrics on display from some of our favorite designers! Birch, who produce stunning organic fabrics, were on hand to show off their fabrics, with some made into adorable baby clothes. Michael Miller fabrics also graced the event with a radiant patchwork quilt shown off whilst Monaluna fabrics were displayed in their booth which won an award for being the best creative booth at the event. Take a look at the pictures below!

Birch at Quilt Market

Birch at Quilt Market

Baby clothes made of Birch fabrics

Baby clothes made of Birch fabrics

Lovely Birch clothes

Lovely Birch clothes

More stunning creations with Birch fabrics

More stunning creations with Birch fabrics

What a gorgeous display

What a gorgeous display

Charley Harper designs for Birch

Charley Harper designs for Birch

Beautiful Birch fabrics on display

Beautiful Birch fabrics on display

Check out this stunning Michael Miller patchwork quilt

Check out this stunning Michael Miller patchwork quilt

Beautiful Michael Miller creations

Beautiful Michael Miller creations

A fun booth design from Michael Miller

A fun booth design from Michael Miller

Monaluna's award winning booth

Monaluna’s award winning booth

Monaluna had some lovely items on display

Monaluna had some lovely items on display

More lovely Monaluna fabrics shown off with these clothes

More lovely Monaluna fabrics shown off with these clothes

modes4u visits Birch

modes4u’s own Managing Director, Sandra Boch, and IT Manager, Alan Mak, recently stopped by Birch’s office in the US. There, they had a chance to speak with the fantastic team at Birch, who work tirelessly to design and produce some of the most stunning organic fabrics, many of which we feature in our store! Their fabrics are also processed in accordance to Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), which is a world-know standard for organic fabrics. During their visit, Sandra and Alan were able to discuss upcoming fabric designs as well as take a small tour of Birch’s office. Check out the images below!

Do you have a favorite Birch fabric? Let us know!

The team at Birch

The team at Birch

Their lovely office

Their lovely office

A photography area

A photography area

Part of their workspace

Part of their workspace

More workspace

More workspace

Fabric discussion time!

Fabric discussion time!

Sandra speaks to Birch about more designs

Sandra speaks to Birch about more designs

Checking out more of Birch's patterns

Checking out more of Birch’s patterns

Fabric related items

Fabric related items

Their warehouse space

Their warehouse space

Our Fabrics in Zuckersüß von Kopf bis Fuß

Earlier this year, the fantastic sewing book, Zuckersüß von Kopf bis Fuß was released, and it features some of our beautiful fabrics! The book, written by Cecilia Hanselmann, contains many wonderful sewing patterns for creating super cute baby items. From adorable hats for newborns using Birch dot fabrics to super cute dresses using anchor pattern fabrics, you’ll find lots of wonderful ideas in this book to inspire you to create something sweet for your little one!

 

The cover page

The cover page

Using our Birch dot fabric.

Using our Birch dot fabric.

Adorable!

Adorable!

Fantastic for winter and for newborn babies

Fantastic for winter and for newborn babies

Comfortable and practical

Comfortable and practical

So cute!

So cute!

It's easy for kids to move around and play in!

It’s easy for kids to move around and play in!

It's a fun design any child will love!

It’s a fun design any child will love!

A very sweet hat for a sunny day

A very sweet hat for a sunny day

The hat and the dress go really well together!

The hat and the dress go really well together!

It's very easy for kids to get around in this little dress

It’s very easy for kids to get around in this little dress

It's fun and pretty at the same time

It’s fun and pretty at the same time

Kids can play in it easily too!

Kids can play in it easily too!

red cat Canvas fabric Kokka Japan

red cat Canvas fabric Kokka Japan

children and bird fabric Michael Miller With The Birds

children and bird fabric Michael Miller With The Birds

coral red maritime anchor fabric by Michael Miller

coral red maritime anchor fabric by Michael Miller

colorful polka dots organic knit fabric birch USA

colorful polka dots organic knit fabric birch USA

Birch Organic Fabric Certification

Birch fabrics are incredibly popular, due to their beautiful designs and their use of high quality certified organic materials. We know many of you are curious about this so we’d like to share with you their certification, which shows Birch textiles are processed in accordance with Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS). The GOTS is one of the world’s best standards for recognizing organic textiles; only fabrics with over a 70% organic fibre content can be GOTS certified. Are you a fan of organic fabrics? Let us know!

Page 1 of the Birch Organic Fabric Certification

Page 1 of the Birch Organic Fabric Certification

Page 1 of the Birch Organic Fabric Certification

Page 1 of the Birch Organic Fabric Certification

New organic fabric collections by birch

We have lovely new organic fabrics by birch in our shop. You can now order the cute collections Happy Town and Picnic Whimsy with funny animal designs as well as the stylish collection Bear Camp with many shades of blue and grey. Moreover, if you are looking for some stretch – we also have a lot of plain-colored birch knit fabrics.

Some of the new organic fabric from the birch collections Happy Town and Picnic Whimsy.

Some of the new organic fabric from the birch collections Happy Town and Picnic Whimsy.

white  'Happy Houses' colourful house organic fabric birch USA

white ‘Happy Houses’ colourful house organic fabric birch USA

sky blue 'Happy Pals' lion & giraffe animal birch knit organic fabric USA

sky blue ‘Happy Pals’ lion & giraffe animal birch knit organic fabric USA

orange leaf pattern & dots organic fabric birch 'leaves'

orange leaf pattern & dots organic fabric birch ‘leaves’

cream colour spot speckled birch knit organic fabric USA

cream colour spot speckled birch knit organic fabric USA

grey crocodile & flower animal organic fabric birch USA 'Lurking'

grey crocodile & flower animal organic fabric birch USA ‘Lurking’

off-white mushroom & raccoon organic fabric birch USA 'Mushroom Forest'

off-white mushroom & raccoon organic fabric birch USA ‘Mushroom Forest’

blue grey 'picnic' crocodile & penguin flower birch knit organic fabric USA

blue grey ‘picnic’ crocodile & penguin flower birch knit organic fabric USA

turquoise 'Bear Bois' tree stripes birch knit organic fabric from the USA

turquoise ‘Bear Bois’ tree stripes birch knit organic fabric from the USA

grey 'Bear Hike' bears birch poplin organic fabric USA

grey ‘Bear Hike’ bears birch poplin organic fabric USA

navy blue 'Bear Hike' bears birch poplin organic fabric USA

navy blue ‘Bear Hike’ bears birch poplin organic fabric USA

coral red 'Bear Bois' tree stripes birch poplin organic fabric USA

coral red ‘Bear Bois’ tree stripes birch poplin organic fabric USA

solid light green birch knit organic fabric from the USA

solid light green birch knit organic fabric from the USA

solid teal birch knit organic fabric from the USA

solid teal birch knit organic fabric from the USA

Our visit to the Quilt Market 2015 in Minneapolis: Part2

During our visit to the Quilt Market in the United States this year we were especially keen to look for new organic fabrics. Responding to our customers wish for certified organic cotton fabrics, we were able to find a range of very beautiful designs for our shop. We were very happy to have a chance to talk first hand to great suppliers like Monaluna, Birch and Cloud9 and choose from their amazing new collections.Due to the very good experience with the organic fabrics already available in our shop, we are sure to have the best partners to offer you wonderful fabrics for future children’s clothing and home sewing projects.

New Birch collection. We are always surprised how colorful organic cotton can be.

New Birch collection. We are always surprised how colorful organic fabrics can be.

We received great information and advice on organic fabrics throughout.

We received great information and advice on organic fabrics.

We can't wait for these dreamy Birch fabrics.

Some wonderful dreamy Birch fabrics.

Dream team. Together we found so many beautiful Monaluna designs.

Dream team. Together we found so many beautiful Monaluna designs.

Cute Monaluna apron and quilt blanket with charming flowers.

Cute Monaluna apron and quilt blanket with charming flowers.

Aren't colorful fruit fabrics always refreshing. Especially if they are organic.

Aren’t colorful fruit fabrics always refreshing. Especially if they are organic.

All of the booths are decorated with amazing attention to detail.

All of the booths are decorated with amazing attention to detail.

A lovely pastel colored Cloud 9 collection.

A lovely pastel colored Cloud 9 collection.

The garments on display really showed that these organic fabrics have a unique beauty.

The garments on display really showed that there is unique beauty to organic fabrics.

white 'Shine Bright' colorful bright spot Cloud 9 Voile organic cotton fabric

white ‘Shine Bright’ colorful bright spot Cloud 9 Voile organic cotton fabric

white monaluna mini flower organic fabric Jacks

white monaluna mini flower organic fabric Jacks

Peonies Blue peony flower birch organic fabric from the USA

Peonies Blue peony flower birch organic fabric from the USA

Our fabrics are the cover garments of Sew Magazine

Do you like this stunning top on the cover of the February issue of Britain’s Sew Magazine? We adore it and it was made with our birch flag fabric. We teamed up with Sew Magazine and sponsored two organic birch fabrics that were used for cover garments and we couldn’t be happier. Both the peplum top and the dress look amazing.

The stunning top on the cover of the February issue of Sew Magazine is made with our fabric

The stunning top on the cover of the February issue of Sew Magazine is made with our fabric

The gorgeous organic birch flag fabric looks great as a peplum top

The gorgeous organic birch flag fabric looks great as a peplum top

This dress is made with our birch knot dot organic fabric.

This dress is made with our birch knot dot organic fabric.

cream maritime birch flags organic fabric Flags petrol

cream maritime birch flags organic fabric Flags petrol

grey knot dot pattern organic fabric by birch from the USA

grey knot dot pattern organic fabric by birch from the USA

What to sew with birch’s Acorn Trail organic fabrics

It’s always nice to see what fabrics look like when used for different products. The organic fabric manufacturer birch shows on the birch website some wonderful examples of apparel made with the new collection Acorn Trail. We also carry the cute collection designed by Tegan White and love the photos. Such an inspiration!

Examples of what to sew with birch's collection Acorn Trail, photo from birch.com

Examples of what to sew with birch’s collection Acorn Trail, photo from birch.com

Super cute shorts and tank top, photo from birch.com

Super cute shorts and tank top, photo from birch.com

amazing children apparel made with Acorn Trail fabrics, photo from birch.com

amazing children apparel made with Acorn Trail fabrics, photo from birch.com

lovely boy's shirt, photo from birch.com

lovely boy’s shirt, photo from birch.com

stunning girl's dress, photo from birch.com

stunning girl’s dress, photo from birch.com

cute Acorn Trail cushions, photo from birch.com

cute Acorn Trail cushions, photo from birch.com

What customers made with our products: bags, clothes and bentos

We spotted so many lovely projects from our customers over the last months again on our Facebook site that it’s about time we introduce them here on the blog:

Samodiva’s Treasures sewed a lovely kindle cover with our Camelot Dream A Little Dream fabric. Don’t you just want to get comfy and start reading?

Samodiva's Treasures made a wonderful kindle cover with our Camelot fabric

Samodiva’s Treasures made a wonderful kindle cover with our Camelot fabric

blue night moth animal fabric Camelot Dream a Little Dream

blue night moth animal fabric Camelot Dream a Little Dream

Isn’t this diaper bag just amazing? Le Petit Monde de Lilaxel? sewed it using our Michael Miller Summer Night Lights Border fabric.

Le Petit Monde de Lilaxel? sewed a beautiful diaper bag with our Michael Miller fabric

Le Petit Monde de Lilaxel? sewed a beautiful diaper bag with our Michael Miller fabric

border fabric Summer Night Lights Twilight Michael Miller

border fabric Summer Night Lights Twilight Michael Miller

Our customer Evelin Mostafa made a gorgeous bag set with a handbag, coin case and pouch using our pretty Timeless Treasures autumn fabric.

A great bag set with our Timeless Treasures autumn fabric made by Evelin Mostafa?

A great bag set with our Timeless Treasures autumn fabric made by Evelin Mostafa

black autumn leaf tree fabric by Timeless Treasures

black autumn leaf tree fabric by Timeless Treasures

Les Bêtes de Céline showed us pictures of lots of pretty loop scarfs that she made. This one is sewn with our Spring sampler organic fabric by Cloud 9.

Les Bêtes de Céline made a pretty loop scarf with our Cloud 9 organic fabric

Les Bêtes de Céline made a pretty loop scarf with our Cloud 9 organic fabric

Spring Sampler Petal Pink Cloud 9 leaf organic fabric

Spring Sampler Petal Pink Cloud 9 leaf organic fabric

Per sfizio ma non solo showed us several projects on Facebook. She made a gorgeous pencil wrap case using several of our fabrics like e.g. the teal Urchin Forest organic birch fabric. She also showed her great project how to turn an old pair of jeans into a skirt and used some of our fabrics like the pretty Voile Koi fabric as embellishment.

Super pretty pencil case made by Per sfizio ma non solo with many of our fabrics

Super pretty pencil case made by Per sfizio ma non solo with many of our fabrics

teal circle animal birch organic fabric Urchin Forest

teal circle animal birch organic fabric Urchin Forest

Per sfizio ma non solo turned an old pair of jeans into a skirt and used our fabrics as embellishments

Per sfizio ma non solo turned an old pair of jeans into a skirt and used our fabrics as embellishments

purple pattern Cloud 9 Voile organic fabric Koi from the USA

purple pattern Cloud 9 Voile organic fabric Koi from the USA

Redecorate Con Lola Godoy? made a lovely fridge magnet notepad that she covered with our Timeless Treasures raspberry fabric.

Redecorate Con Lola Godoy? made a pretty fridge magnet notepad covered with our raspberry fabric

Redecorate Con Lola Godoy? made a pretty fridge magnet notepad covered with our raspberry fabric

Raspberry fabric by Timeless Treasures from the USA

Raspberry fabric by Timeless Treasures from the USA

And finally also a non-fabric related product. Isabelle Torloting from the blog Lovin Bento used our 4pcs Eiffel Tower bento box set to make a delicious bento.

Isabelle Torloting? from Lovin Bento made pretty bentos with our Eiffel Tower bento box set

Isabelle Torloting from Lovin Bento made pretty bentos with our Eiffel Tower bento box set

Eiffel Tower and polka dots Bento Box 4 pcs Lunch Box

Eiffel Tower and polka dots Bento Box 4 pcs Lunch Box

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