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Meet the Maker – Sew n Sow

Tell us a little about you and your business.

I’m a mother to two beautiful girls and wife to ‘Mr Sow’, the gardener-by-day half of Sew n Sow. I have loved sewing ever since the age of 7, starting by my mother’s side and on my Holly Hobbie sewing machine! Sew n Sow combines my love of sewing with our family love of being outdoors together. I make sun hats for all the family and other accessories for enjoying the outdoors.

 

What do you love about your creative business?

I love all aspects of sewing and adore working with bright and colourful quality fabrics. Seeing my creations being worn and enjoyed by others, especially seeing families protected from the sun in my hats is extremely gratifying.

 

What is your favourite thing to create?

My favourite thing to create is sunhats – we all need them, and I love being able to provide the highest quality hats that wash and wear well, in designs that reflect the individuality of the wearers.

Where do you find your inspiration?

My inspiration comes from family and friends and talking about what we do and don’t like about the hats and other products that are available out there. Beautiful fabrics also inspire me, but that almost goes without saying!!!

 

Where can we find your work (online & offline)?

My work is available at sewnsow.com.au where you have the choice of shopping via my MadeIt or Etsy storefronts. During Spring and early Summer Sew n Sow attends a range of handmade markets in North Central Victoria and Melbourne…to hear what markets we will be attending, you can become a newsletter subscriber here. Subscribers also receive a discount off Sew n Sow MadeIt purchases, are the first to see new releases and have the opportunity to enter giveaways or access special sales occasionally.

 

Let’s get to know you: 

Three things not many people know about me are:

  1. In the career realm I find it hard to maintain my passion in one area over time … I’ve had careers in primary teaching (my longest role), adult education, management, outside school hours care and even developing online training way back when no-one had heard of it!
  2. My dream holiday is a week by myself in an exotic yoga and health retreat (the luxury kind!)
  3. I love vintage fashion and got married in a green floral dress designed in the 50’s.

What is your most favourite handmade item have you ever bought?

I love handmade, and have so many items from wonderful makers, but my favourite would have to be the stunning rainbow swirl skirts both my daughters have from B in My Bonnet. They also have matching hats made by me (of course!) and jewellery from Little Birdhouse Boutique that make for an amazing outfit together.

 

Do you listen to music or watch a movie while you are creating?

When I have the luxury of daytime creating, home alone, I love to crank the music up! Pop music on the radio gets me bopping along in a happy creative buzz.

 

Any business highlights over the past 12 months?

One of my most exciting achievements recently has been releasing our new Kids Fedoras. These are 100% handmade by me and have a lovely robust finish and a stylish band in a modern design. They’re my dream of classic style with a modern twist and I love how they dress up an outfit for toddlers through to tweens….with plans for adult Fedoras to come!

Fabric Supply – fairy wishes

 Perfect fabrics for a fairytale sewing project.

Make a Wish Fairies Mist – 100% cotton

Wishes in the Breeze – 100% cotton

Make a Wish Fairies Purple – 100% cotton

Dandelion Magic Seeds in cream – 100% cotton

Continue reading Fabric Supply – fairy wishes

Fabulous Friday Finds- Barbie, Star Wars and more

Rain Cloud Nursery Mobile – from Lullaby Mobiles

Star Wars Greeting Card – from Sonni Lou Designs

Secret Gardens Scarf Bib – from Bugsey Bib

Barbie Doll Dress – from Ally Sews

Continue reading Fabulous Friday Finds- Barbie, Star Wars and more

Meet the talented Interior Designer Briar Stanley

Meet the talented Interior Designer Briar Stanley. The lucky grand prize winner of the #BrotherInspires competition will get to work with her to put together their ultimate sewing / craft space.

The prize includes up to $7,000 in styling and decorating services with Briar Stanley. Briar will work with the winner to create the perfect Craft Studio, this will include:

• Consultation – assess the room and chat with the winner to understand what inspires them

• Plan – provide the winner with a presentation of the suggested space, based on the discussion. This will include furniture and décor suggestions mocked-up for final approval

• Process – Briar and the winner will shop for the larger furniture items to help pull the room together

• Completion – Briar will work with the winner to style the Craft Studio and complete the space

We can’t wait to find out who the winner will be!! In the mean time let’s get to know Briar Stanley.

 

We are all very excited to see who will be the Brother Australia Grand Prize Winner- what an amazing prize pack. Can you tell us about your exciting styling and decorating service package that is part of the grand prize?

It will involve and in depth consultation with me initially, and after getting to know what the winner would like for their ultimate creative space, they will go shopping with me to source everything, including product from Brother and sewing furniture to really make the design come to life.  Once we have everything ready to install, I’ll visit the space to pull everything together and help style the room.

 

Do you get many requests to decorate and style craft studios? Quite possibly the messiest room in the house – a creative mess of course!  

I’ve decorated quite a few home office spaces in my time, but it’s a bit of a rarity for a client to have a house big enough for a dedicated craft room – so it’s quite common that a room will have two purposes – a home office with a second table/corner that is dedicated to craft or sewing.  However, I did recently do a design to  help a client convert a large timber garden shed in to a craft studio,  which was a fun challenge.

Continue reading Meet the talented Interior Designer Briar Stanley

5 Tips to Organise your Craft Room

It’s that one space in your house where you can let your creative imagination run wild! A room full of  half finished projects scattered around, piles of craft supplies waiting to be whipped up into something special and ideas for future projects splayed across the wall with sticky post-it notes.

This is the room for creative mess, but it wouldn’t it be great if that mess was somewhat organised so there was actually space to start those projects you have been wanting to create.

While there are lots of ways to organise your space and lots of supplies to be sorted; let’s just start with 5 little ways to get you going-

Continue reading 5 Tips to Organise your Craft Room

Fabulous Friday Finds – for baby

Zebra Bamboo Dribble Bib – from Bugsey Bee

Boys Fleece Trackpants – from Karousel Kids

Arrowhead Baby Shoes – from Teddy & I

Pink Arrow Baby Bloomers – from Moon Room Kids

 

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Handmade Kids

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Welcome to Handmade Kids! My name is Kylie, self confessed handmade addict, fabric hoarder and mummy.

Here you will find the very best of Australian handmade. Handmade products for babies, kids and families. Enjoy!
 

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