Today’s cottage industry interview is with Sarah Young who manages Princess Stitchery.
What does your business make?
Aprons, Pot Holders, Hot Pads, Mug Rugs, Bowl Cozies, Crochet Dishcloths, Embellished Dish towels.
What inspired you to start this business?
I enjoyed sewing and wanted to make things for others to enjoy.
How long have you been making and selling these items?
I think it has been about 5 years.
Where did you get the name for your business?
Princess Stitchery. Princess comes from the meaning of my name and Stitchery is what I do…sew :)
How do you sell your items?
Mostly at craft shows or farmers markets. I do have a Facebook page where people can order from.
What’s your favorite item you make?
Humm… Probably the retro style apron
Do you think you’ll continue on making new items and selling them?
Yes!! Just this year I added the bowl cozy and have a few other things I want to add to my business in the future.
Who taught you to sew?
My mother taught me to sew when I was about 10 or 12. I did not do much with it after that till I was about 17 or 18.
Do you have any advice for people who are thinking of starting their own home business?
Make sure your business is something you willing to stick with for a while…it is a commitment not just something to do for a little while and then move on. A business requires time, if you are not willing to put the time into what you do don’t do it!! It also is an investment…be willing to put your own money into it till you are able to start really making a profit…so consider ALL your cost!! If all that has not kept you from opening your own business here is one tip that was passed on to me. Keep your business to a select theme. In my case I chose things for the kitchen. Others choose baby items or clothing. It makes a big difference!!!
An adorable half apron!
Crocheted towel with button closure.
A cute embellished dish towel.
Cherry print retro style apron.
A tribal/Aztec style kitchen apron.
Some bowl cozies.
If you’re interested in seeing what else Princess Stitchery makes click here!
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