Instalment number three:
Everybody who reads this blog regularly will know about my love and devotion to Sew Whimsical by Katie. Katie was featured on Eating Dirt in 2013 as a young mom specializing in adorable stuffed toys, personalized buntings, and baby quilts.
Since that first feature, readers have seen Katie’s product line evolve and develop. Her most recent project is a breast feeding dolly that gives birth. Check out her page for more information on this amazing dolly!
I almost feel like I’m cheating on a lover by saying this, but I want to introduce you to TWO more sewing mamas…
It’s okay though because Katie has given me her blessing!
I guess you could say we have an open relationship.
Did I just take it too far?
The first sewing mama is Meagan from Sweet Beginnings.
Meagan grew up with a very creative mother but she didn’t make her own sewing attempt until grade seven. After the brief yet pleasant experience of sewing a stuffed bunny in Grade 7 Design/Tech class, Meagan didn’t really sew again until University. But it wasn’t until getting engaged that she really embraced her crafty roots!
Meagan wanted to hand-make decorations and party favours for her wedding so she got really busy with the sewing – she even sewed mug sleeves for each wedding guest. Meagan’s mom gifted her with a sewing machine, lots of accessories, and an old serger and that’s when things kicked into high gear.
Let’s here from Meagan:
I began making gifts for all my friends who were having babies, such as receiving blankets, burp cloths, and bibs. When I received my serger everything became easier, faster and more professional looking! I learned new techniques and found new patterns and ideas to try.
In April 2013, while on maternity leave with my first born, I decided to open Sweet Beginnings. More and more people were requesting the same things I had made for my own child and I realized this could actually turn into a real business. At this point now, wet bags (for cloth diapers), reusable snack bags, and travel change pads are my most popular items. People seek them out, especially at craft shows.
I love being able to work with people to make exactly what they envision for their little ones. It’s the reason I started making things for my son – I had ideas and couldn’t find what I wanted in stores!
Meagan has recently welcomed another child into her family and it has barely slowed her down!
See, there she is with her new baby and her infinity scarf that transforms into a nursing cover. Seriously? Yes, seriously.
Perusing through the photos on her Facebook page leave me completely wanting. Not only do I want one of everything, but I want all the beautiful and geeky fabric choices too!
Check out these fabrics:
These fabric choices are just calling to my inner geek.
Check out some of the items that Meagan offers:
more infinity scarves
crib guard-rail covering
reusable (and washable) baby wipes
reusable (and washable) breast pads
amusing little taggy blankets
diaper cover and tie for special photo-shoots
reusable snack bags and/or toiletry bags
toddler belts (to make baggy pants fit skinny little waists)
cute comfortable pants ranging in sizes from newborn to pre-school
If you see something you like, but you want it in a different colour, Meagan is able to take that into consideration. Some things, like the baby pants, can only be made with stretchy material, and some things can only be made with regular cotton. But there is a lot of pattern variety and Meagan is always shopping for new fabric.
I love the simple and sturdy nature of Sweet Beginnings’ products. Everything is so well made and fairly priced that it doesn’t make sense to NOT shop with Meagan. I know where I’ll be looking for baby presents in the future!
Second sewing mama and final Momtober Mompreneur spotlight tomorrow!