{Meet a Member} Karen Meyers

Karen Meyers

How did you get started in your chosen craft?

I have been sewing since I was old enough to ask my mom to use her needle and thread and then her sewing machine. She told me I should wait until I was 12, but I couldn’t! I taught myself the sewing basics from reading the patterns in her collection and watching her and my aunt and grandmother sew. In high school I made most of my clothes and honed my craft by trying to copy the ready made clothes of my peers, imagine me putting buttonholes on collars to make the button down shirts popular at the time!

How do you make your craft or etsy store eco friendly?

Being self employed is inherently eco friendly with no commute! I re-purpose as much as possible, I recently used the curtains from my college dorm as some bag linings. (That’s going to be our little secret….OK?)

Where do you get your ideas/inspiration?

As my family likes to say, fabric has always been my drug of choice. And it is true, fabric is my drug and my inspiration. I let the fabric lead, I just follow, it usually takes me to a good place.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a set of bags incorporating some bowling patches I purchased from an Etsy vintage vendor. I just love the colors and the retro vibe, and I’ve always loved the wacky look of bowling shoes, so I’m working on some designs to hopefully pull all that together.

Is your art/craft your full time job? If not what do you do to pay the bills?

I quit my day job as of January 1 2011! I have been a seamstress and sample maker for a designer in Atlanta for the past 17 years and doing my accessories business during nights and weekends. It feels great to head to my sewing room every day now and work on my own ideas and not someone else’s . I haven’t paid many bills yet……….but I know I will!

What do you do when you are not crafting?

My husband and I own a sailboat that we enjoy spending time on during the weekends. Oh, and the (very) occasional bit of yard work.

What is the most eco-friendly purchase you have made?

We owned a Honda Insight which we loved. Imagine, 66 mpg!

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This post was written by

feltsassy – who has written posts on Eco Etsy.
Emily is the mind behind Felt Sassy. She loves the whole re-use, recycle movement. One ugly old sweater can make a really cute and sassy pair of mittens...or flower...or anything you want! Plus, it's a great way to get the raw materials on the cheap or even free. She is a stay at home mom of two, a wife of a Cuban immigrant and has her MBA.

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  1. Oh Karen, you are just awesome! Your creativity is an inspiration, as is your leap of faith and leaving your day job…good luck! Although, I think you will make your own luck!

  2. Nice article!! Your work is beautiful!
    thanks! :)

  3. Hi Karen,
    Congratulations on your freedom as of January 1! Glad to hear that you are on your own now. I will keep checking your etsy shop for lovely things to purchase. As a “frequent flyer” I am very happy for you.
    Best Always, Janda

  4. Am a big fan! Creative and fun, thank you for sharing.

  5. Karen, you are an inspiration, and I love your work! Thanks for sharing here.

  6. so happy to hear of your leap to a “creator of beautiful bags” as your only job/passion!! You have always been an inspiration to me and I love your interveiw …blessings Karen

  7. Vicki,

    thanks for your nice comments! If you go to the team page (http://www.etsy.com/teams/6352/eco-etsy) it will give you the information you need to apply. We have a wonderful team, and I look forward to seeing you as a member.

    Reiter8: it is exhilarating and scary to be doing this full time. I no longer have my day job to blame for any of my problems! But having great sellers such as yourself serve as motivation and inspiration to keep at it. Us “fabric junkies” have to stick together!

  8. Your work is really great. Congrats on going full time.
    “fabric has always been my drug of choice.” HA! I’m right there with you!

  9. Hi,
    Your story sounds a lot like mine, in loving to sew at an early age. I started on Barbie clothes on a minature (toy) sewing machine that I still have. I too copied my peers cloths and learned by doing -with a little help from my mom. How do I join toe eco etsy team? I just opened a shop last month and am getting things listed. Thanks for your story, it was inspirational.