How did you get started sewing? I have been sewing about 8 years now. The beginning was a desire to make my mom a quilt for Christmas one year, so I set out with my grandmother’s old Singer Featherweight and a 1960’s text book on sewing and taught myself how to sew. After that I took a quilt class, and learned many ways to make the process so much easier (rotary cutter! templates! rulers!) and make some quilts. After an accident left me with a recovering broken back and unable to continue cooking as a chef full time, I started sewing and it took off from there.
What inspires you from day to day? My customers a LOT! I sell at a farmer’s market all summer long and get so many product ideas each week after talking to my customers about their needs and wants, and Etsy customers with their creative custom order ideas too. Identifying a need that I can’t fill elsewhere. With the clutches, I could find really corporate-looking organizers, but that wasn’t the feel I wanted for myself and was lucky that many others have felt the same way. I also have a hopeless addiction to Japanese craft books and all things zakka. My six year old daughter and sweet supportive husband are also an endless supply of inspiration!
You’ve had a lot of great success with your shop, any advice for friends who are thinking of starting up their own shop: Do what you love to do. I know that sounds trite, but it is true. Learn all you can, all the time. I still take classes, I buy how-to books and patterns, all to expand my knowledge base (I just learned zippers this weekend!! Can’t wait for new pouches to be added to the shop!). Don’t take shortcuts- being inspired by another idea and making it completely your own is wonderful, stealing and copying work is not. Don’t be in it for the money only-I see tons of sellers in my craft shows make things because they can and not because they love to, and so they never have that connection and invariably end up being far less successful.
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