Sew Your Own

The true story of one man’s attempt to survive economic meltdown, tackle climate change and find the meaning of life – by making his clothes

John-Paul Flintoff sew in copyright Dwayne Senior

BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour

Listen to me explain myself to Jane Garvey. She wasn’t easily impressed:

Mary-Ann Sieghart
Meet the man who made his underpants from nettles
Mary Ann Sieghart, BBC World Service
India Knight
I think it is chic to have darned your own clothes
India Knight, The Sunday Times
Molly Scott Cato
Charming… As an intellectual might say, it works on lots of different levels. There is a spiritual journey here, but also lots of hi-jinks and good jokes
Molly Scott Cato, author of Green Economics

Cor, look at this fine bit of sewing

Nettle underpants

(NOTE: Sew Your Own was first published under the title Through The Eye Of A Needle by Permanent Publications)

More reviews

What a great read!
Blue Peter
Brilliantly heart-warming, laugh-out-loud story… the kind of book that word of mouth can’t spread fast enough
Knitting magazine
He makes yarn from plastic bags and sews his clothes on a Twenties treadle-powered Singer machine. Now he wants to take on climate change and anti-social behaviour with crochet hooks
Evening Standard
Excellent account of making his own outfit (even down to woollen underpants)
Easy Living
Compelling… For Flintoff, enlightenment comes neither through religion nor political affiliation – but in making clothes… an inspiring eulogy to DIY
The Financial Times
It seems, and I’m grinding my jaws as I type this, that his time has come.
Harriet Green (the author’s wife) quoted in The Observer