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Rising Stars: Meet Shelby Henderson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shelby Henderson. 

Hi Shelby, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
When I was 9, I started sewing lessons and fell in love with designing things. I continued sewing lessons and when I was 11, I started making bookmarks. My mom posted them on Facebook for her friends to see and buy, and they sold really well. So, I made a lot more. I was offered the opportunity that winter to host a table at a local boutique market. I made other items like keychains and zipper bags to sell along with my bookmarks, it was a successful market, and I got to participate in it again the next year. In between markets, I started posting things on my business Facebook page and selling through there. At the end of 2020 (when I was 14) our homeschool group started a market and asked me to participate in it. It was close to Christmas so I made a lot of items in addition to what I had already been making. I was making snack bags, pencil bags, zipper bags, keychains, bookmarks and I added Christmas trees and some Christmas pillows. That market turned into a monthly market, now known as Trinity Farmers Market, and I have a booth there most months of the year. It has been a great adventure and I look forward to where it takes me as I want to go into design in my future and use the sewing and design skills I have learned along the journey. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Some of the struggles were finding markets that I could afford. A lot of markets charge a pretty steep vendor fee, especially for a young person. At the beginning, I was only doing one market a year, and the rest of the selling was happening on FB which isn’t the best place to get sales. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I love to sew. I have been specializing in small items like zipper bags, keychains, lanyards, hot pads, and other small items. Recently I have been transitioning to making more specialized pillows and seasonal items. My stuffed pumpkins were really popular. I am most proud of the fact that I am a young entrepreneur. I feel like I offer items that are very unique and that sets me apart from others. 

Contact Info:

  • Email: shelbys.stitchintime@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @shelbysstitchintime
  • Facebook: @shelbysstitchintime


Image Credits:

Jackie Wantuch
Emily Henderson

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