Photo by Heather Middleton
Eula Wilson sews a pillowcase dress using ‘Hello Kitty’ fabric.
By Heather Middleton
JONESBORO — Fabric, sewing machines, buttons and scissors — these are a few of Eula Wilson’s favorite things.
Wilson has been sewing her whole life and now she’s making a career of it.
“I learned to sew from my grandmother and I love to do it,” she said.
From her small sewing room at home, Wilson creates an array of dresses and bows for girls and jumpers for boys.
Her daughters all grew up wearing their mother’s handmade clothes.
“When we would go on vacation, I would make them a new outfit for every day we were gone,” she said. “They had all kinds of dresses.”
Wilson chooses her fabric by mostly relying on bundles created by the stores.
“They have it already picked out and matched,” she said.
Jeanne Lowery, owner of Quilts and Fixins, said putting together the bundles helps customers save time. Most fabric is ordered in complementing groups from the factory so it is stocked prematched.
However, there are people who still like to pick their own fabric, she said.
“We’ll take the fabric around and audition it next to other fabrics, looking for a match. This is the fun part,” said Lowery. “If it speaks to us, then we pull it.”
Liz Eaton, a Quilts and Fixins employee of more than 10 years, also makes clothes for her granddaughters.
“You can make such cute stuff that’s more age-appropriate for a little girl,” she said. “And you know they’re not dressed like anyone else — it’s the uniqueness.”
Although Eaton and Lowery said that nowadays it’s often more expensive to make clothes because fabric prices have gone up, Wilson has found a way to help keep costs down.
“I hit the sales and it’s easy to pull up coupons, especially if you have a smart phone,” Wilson said.
Her outfits are priced between $15-$25. She sells her hair bows for $2-$3 each.
To put personal touches on items, Wilson also does embroidery and monogramming.
She is building her stock now for upcoming summer craft shows, including the Fayette Market Day which begins June 15 and will be held every third Saturday of the month through October.
Wilson can also be found at Ben’s Flea Mart in Fayetteville in booth 23 or her online shop‚ Eulaskidsboutique.etsy.com.
Wilson also creates custom orders. She can be reached at 678-612-4088.