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About Crafty Girl Maria

 

Crafty girl sewing

OUR SMALL TEAM Crafty Girl Maria is run from my home in Horley, Surrey (in the UK). I have a small team of 2, Lorraine and Margaret, who help manage the orders. Lorraine is a lover of all things crafty and runs her own local craft groups in aid of the Alzheimer's Association. Margaret is amazing at knitting and crochet.

AFFORDABLE QUALITY Sewing and crafting should be fun, affordable and made using quality materials. We seek out a wide range of colourful modern and affordable fabrics, as well as offering a good range of the basic essentials. It is pointless buying something cheap that doesn't last, we seek out affordable quality products.

Being SUSTAINABLE AND ETHICAL is very important and so all the packaging is recycled and/or recyclable. We reuse as much packaging as we can, so you might receive your gorgeous goodies in recycled packaging, as we often reuse boxes from a local McColls store. 

GOTS certified fabrics

GOTS certificated fabrics. GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. It not only means that you can be confident the fibres are organic and free of harmful chemicals, but also that their production has passed the requirements concerning working and social conditions that are equivalent to those of leading social sustainability standards. We continue to seek out as many GOTS fabrics from our suppliers.

GREAT SERVICE We want you to be delighted with our service. If we've made a mistake we do our utmost to put it right to your full satisfaction. We allow returns if you change your mind or it's just not the right thing, so you have piece of mind in buying at a distance.

If you've experienced great service, please let everyone know on TrustPilot. If you haven't, please let us know so we can put it right!

I understand how confusing it can be to know which products you need, so I'm happy to help you. Also if you can't find what you are looking for, I'm happy to look into whether I can get it for you from one of my many stockists. 

My team and I are working hard to fulfil orders during this difficult time with the Covid 19 pandemic. I'm still happy to give one-to-one sewing tuition (where permitted) and hope to see group workshops back up and running early next year, so watch this space!

IT'S GREAT TO SHARE! I share my latest makes, products and special offers on social media. We also love to see your makes, as we often wonder what you are making when we are packing. So please don't forget to share with @craftygirlmaria and follow us on Instagram or Facebook.

 

PAST

I have loved being creative ever since I remember. I grew up in the 70s and was encouraged by my mum to try anything creative. She was an amazing cook and seamstress, and taught me how to bake, sew, and knit.

A few years ago I made a few onesies for my children's teddies, which developed into making and selling them on eBay in my spare time. I was always making my own curtains, blinds and small items for around the home and then a few friends asked me to teach them to sew. I then created a campervan sewing machine cover and decided to sell the pattern for it on Etsy in 2019. I worked for myself (as a hypnotherapist) at the time and I would spend any spare time creating new patterns and was so excited when I made a sale. At around the same time, a friend of mine asked (told!) me to make her a dress, which I pooh-poohed at the time saying I couldn't make clothes. I gave in and made it and was totally hooked! I now have a huge stash of fabrics and sewing patterns. 

I have had RSI for many years (which causes arm and hand pain), so have to limit the amount of sewing I do. I also find it boring making the same thing more than once, so I knew I didn't want to (and couldn't) make things to sell. I had dreamt of having my own sewing shop for quite some time, and then at the beginning of this year (2020) finally decided that it was only going to happen if I made it so.