{Meet a Member} Lynn Minney Designs

Lynn Minney of Lynn Minney Designs resides in Central New York with her husband of 9 years, Les, and their daughter, Claire.

* How did you get started in your chosen craft and what do you enjoy most about it?

After a long hiatus from machine sewing, two years ago I found a magazine article about making bags out of felted sweaters. I made one for my sis and I was hooked. Fast forward two years and now I am running my own business. I love it and I’m totally hooked. I wish I had more time to sew and go thrifting, but I have to do the 9-5 thing. I enjoy the freedom. I am so fortunate because my business blends three things I love: creating, recycling and independence ;)

* What inspires you?

I get inspiration from bags that I see in a stores and create a unique item with a history, more color & texture. I also carry a small sketchbook with me in my bag because ideas sometimes flood me & I can’t remember all of them :) Furthermore, I’m inspired by the clothing, fabrics & buttons that I’ve collected.

* How do you make your craft or Etsy store eco-friendly?

I create accessories from wool sweaters, jeans and neckties. I am constantly on the lookout for articles of clothing that would make a special purse, brooch, etc. I am really excited about my recent purchase of compostable mailers (how geeky am I)?!

* In one word, describe your creative process.


*What do you listen to while you’re working?

When I’m sewing I listen to a mixed bag of music (or sometimes Disney movies) from classic rock and country to contemporary christian. You should see my itunes library!

* How has crafting impacted your life?

Crafting is in my blood. My family is full of women who sew. My Grandma Jennie taught me to use a sewing machine at a young age & I also learned how to sew by hand in 4-H. I studied design in college, so I’ve never stopped creating things. I’ve always loved to sew by hand and have made everyone in my family a Christmas stocking.

* Where does the magic happen?

The “magic” happens in my office/sewing/playroom which happens to be a bit of a hot mess. It’s not pretty, but it will be someday! Unfortunately I have to do all of my cutting & ironing in my dining room, so I have to do a lot of running around.

* What are you currently working on?

I am working on a couple of new products for my shop… aprons, coasters and potholders. I’m trying to build up my stock in anticipation of my first craft show. Yay!!!

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

I buy eco-friendly items all of the time, so it’s hard to single out one. If I had to choose one it would be this Rosemary Shampoo Bar from Sheri’s Soap Opera.

Every time I head out to do my weekly shopping I am looking for a better eco-friendly product. If money were no object I would purchase an electric car or solar panels for my home.

* Where else can you be found online?

store: etsy.com/shop/LynnMinneyDesigns

blog: LynnMinneyDesign.wordpress.com

facebook: http://on.fb.me/lynnminneydesigns

This post was written by

DitsyGypsy – who has written posts on Eco Etsy.
I'm not a business person, I'm an artist through and through...from the short fingernails with odd shades of paint underneath to the multicolored paint and glue smeared overalls. My work is erratic and often has a snarky tone, but sometimes it's happy and childlike. If you'd like to learn more about me or my work, you can visit my site at Ditsy Gypsy



  1. So nice to meet more members of the team in this personal way!

  2. Yay, Lynn! I LOVE Lynn’s designs! So beautiful!

  3. Great article! It’s nice to learn a bit more about you, Lynn, and your artistic inspiration. I admire anyone who can sew, and I love how you integrate diverse repurposed materials like sweaters, jeans and ties into your work!

  4. You quite welcome, Lynn! You’re a very talented person! You’ve inspired me to use the couple dozen vintage sheets I have sitting in my storage room!

  5. Really nice article. Thanks for sharing your story!!!

  6. Thank you, Susan. I’m so excited to be a member of the team!