Sally of Sally Rags lives in Salem, Oregon. She and her husband, Jim have three kids, all adults now, and two dogs, a Doberman named Dave and a Black Lab named Wanda. Sally loves flowers, butterflies, and bubble baths and surrounds herself with fabrics and yarn. Her store is filled with wonderful things she’s made from recycled yarns and fabrics. Check out all her items at her store.
How long have you been crafting?
I started in 4H when I was in seventh grade.
Why did you start?
My mom did beautiful embroidery and my dad was a woodworker and clock maker. I believe it was in my blood.
Where do you get your materials?
Currently my favorite place is thrift stores. I love to collect and recycle beautiful fabrics.
Do you come up with your own designs for your items?
I often see things I like and think of a way to add my own touch.
Can you tell us a little of your process?
I collect fabric and view it as a painter would paints. I bring together colors that look good together and make me happy.
How long does it take to complete an item?
I don’t really keep track of that. I usually have several projects going at once as I get bored easily. It is great fun when I finish several at the same time, then it’s time to start several more!
Do you have a dedicated work area/room?
It is supposed to be upstairs in our 1928 built home. In the summer it’s often too hot to work up there. Much to my husbands disappointment there is a project, or remnants of one, in nearly every room of the house.
Is this your full-time job? Hobby? Fun?
I would LOVE for it to be my full time job. It is currently a hobby. I have a genuine need to create and it definitely makes me happy and keeps be balanced.
Do you have a best seller?
I think my bowls are my best seller. I sell a good deal of “round tuits” as well.
What is your favorite?
I love my 10″ and 12″ trivets. I love to play with the color combinations and they work up fairly quickly.
Do you do other kinds of crafts?
Sewing and crocheting are my favorite crafts.
What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
More of the same. Hopefully with a smaller fabric stash and a large savings account!
What have you learned since you started running your own business?
To invest in quality equipment and supplies. I also think it is important to do business with like minded artists.
Have any advice for people trying to start their own handcrafted business?
I would offer advice that I struggle to take myself, do not undervalue or under price your work. I believe it is better to sell fewer items than to have your prices so low that you are giving away your hard work. Be proud of what you offer and don’t be afraid to blow your own horn.