Coming soon: my new book Zero Waste Sewing

Zero waste sewing winking image

Hi Everyone, since mid-last year I’ve been working on a new book and it’s now ready to show you.

Zero Waste Sewing is a collection of 16 garments all designed to use 100% of the fabric, with no scraps or waste.

If you’re looking for a new sewing adventure, creating a slow wardrobe for yourself or want to try making something zero waste, then this book is for you.

So what’s so amazing about zero waste patterns? Zero waste patterns have two great benefits. The first is, as the name says, no waste. Approximately 15% of the fabric used for a garment is wasted, which doesn’t sound like that much but results in about 164 million square metres of waste per day by the fashion industry. Zero waste patterns are designed to fit together like a giant jigsaw puzzle, with no spaces in between. They use about the same or less fabric than a regular garment of the same type.

The second (unexpected to me) benefit of zero waste patternmaking is as a fashion design tool. The parameter of zero waste can result in innovative silhouettes and details that might not be discovered otherwise = more interesting clothes.

Zero Waste Sewing front cover
That’s me on the cover, with my “everyday drive” used to sew every garment in this book.

The majority of projects in this book will fit any size, and the rest will fit most people.

Five of the projects require you making a paper pattern (I show you how) and the rest are drawn straight onto the fabric, which is a different way of working for most of us but is actually quite simple and fast. The instructions are all very detailed with plenty of step-by-steps and clear drawings; there are around 600 drawings in this book.

Here are the projects in the book:

Zero Waste Sewing book September 20 All projects at a glance
Zero Waste Sewing book September 20 All projects at a glance

Some of the interior pages:

Zero Waste Sewing book interior tie front top
Zero Waste Sewing book interior hooded robe
Zero Waste Sewing Book interior dress and coat
Zero Waste Sewing book interior

The book goes on sale mid-March 2020, but before then I’ll be doing more show and tell on this blog and Instagram.

Australian residents can pre-order (signed) copies direct from me ($44.99AU + $8.50 post), and non-Aussies via Amazon.



  1. Mary on October 8, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Congratulations on the new book, Liz! The patterns look super cute!

    • lizhaywood on October 8, 2019 at 8:30 am

      Thanks Mary. Thanks for the conversations on bog jacket construction – it was really helpful.

  2. Mimi on October 8, 2019 at 10:05 am

    So exciting! Those patterns look really wearable. Will there be a book tour?

    • lizhaywood on October 8, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks Mimi. I’m still laying book promotion plans 🙂

  3. Lyndall Cave on October 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    I’m so excited for this book!

    • lizhaywood on October 8, 2019 at 10:52 pm

      I think you’ll like this book Lyndall.

      • Þóra Hinriksdóttir on October 15, 2019 at 11:00 pm

        Hi, I would like to order this book when it will be published,but would like to know the price before,thank you.

        Best regards.

      • lizhaywood on October 16, 2019 at 8:35 am

        The recommended retail price is $US34.99, 24.99 British pounds, 29.99 Euros, $CANADA 44.99, $NZ49.99, $AU44.99, but online sellers might charge more or less. If you’re buying online there are sites that compares prices eg
        Many thanks.

  4. Satisha on October 16, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Liz….just loving what your doing here..fantastic. How do we pre-order?

    Cheers, Satisha

    • lizhaywood on October 16, 2019 at 9:45 pm

      Hi Satisha, thanks for your interest, are you in NSW? Aussies can pre-order (a signed copy) direct from me – see the link in the post which will take you to my Etsy shop.

  5. Chiggy Schiller on October 27, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Congratulations on your second book! It looks great and creative! Having “fit any size” patterns is a always good idea in a book. I’m looking forward to seeing the book in shops!!!

    • lizhaywood on October 27, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      Cheers Chiggy!

  6. Sue Stoney on October 30, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Your designs look excellent, I can’t wait to see the book!

    • lizhaywood on October 30, 2019 at 11:06 pm

      Cheers Sue!

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