Crafter Profile: A college student and her crafty business

This week, I’ve decided to do something a little different. Instead of the normal how-to, I’ll be profiling one of my dear friends who runs her own crafting business. Kailee Yarbrough, 21-year-old elementary education major from Kingston Springs, Tenn., started her own business right in her dorm room. Sew Kreative Embroidery was founded by Kailee during her sophomore year at Lipscomb.

Her love of all things crafty began at a young age. Kailee began sewing in the third grade. She and one of her friends would buy fabric and hand-stitch pillows together. In middle school, she got her first sewing machine after attending a 4-H sewing class. From then on, she made clothing, quilts and numerous other projects. She liked experimenting with her sewing, always seeking out new things to try, which led her to monogramming.

“A monogram is typically someone’s personalized initials, Kailee said. “Embroidery is the actual stitching of patterns or designs.” Kailee has placed her monograms onto all sorts of mediums. She does T-shirts, sweatshirts, blankets, shorts, tank tops, onesies and kids apparel, bags, rain jackets and towels. In the future, she will have the capability to produce monogrammed vinyl stickers. “The blankets are probably some of my favorite things to do,” she said.

All of her work is displayed on her  Facebook and Instagram accounts in order to show future clients what she can do, and to show off the work she’s done for previous customers. Most of her business comes from word of mouth through her friends and family and through the Greek organizations on Lipscomb’s campus.

She hopes to continue Sew Kreative Embroidery beyond college but doesn’t plan to open up a physical shop any time soon. She would love to keep monogramming as something to do on the side while also pursuing her other passion of teaching.

The process of making a monogram is much more complicated than I originally thought. Kailee took the time to show me a few of the basics. It all begins on the computer where she chooses the font and size of the letters. Then, she inserts a USB and transfers the image of the three letters. The USB then goes into her monogram machine. The medium that is being monogrammed is pinned to the hoop, which is two oval-shaped pieces that snap together and hold the fabric in place. The hoop is then placed under the machine and lined up to be straight.

Once everything is ready, the machine can be turned on and starts to work its magic. The machine then tells her how long the process will take. Usually, she keeps a close eye on everything while it is going just to make sure that everything is working properly. Once it is done, she just unpins everything and has a beautiful new monogram!

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Did you like a profile instead of the normal tutorial? Do you have any questions for Kailee? Respond in the comments below!

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