Jamie Claveloux, 31 of Mooresville, started Southern Sparrow Creations in 2014. Since then, Jamie has been making and selling baby items and baby carrier accessories on Etsy, all of which are Consumer Product Safety Commission compliant. Keep reading to see all the great products you can find at Southern Sparrow Creations.
Q. What all does Southern Sparrow Creations sell?
A. At the moment I am primarily making accessories for baby carriers (drool pads, custom hoods and reach straps), as well as teethers, loveys, baby blankets and a few small accessories for moms as well.
Q. How did you get the idea for Southern Sparrow Creations?
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A. I’m a southern girl, born and raised here in NC, and the symbolism of the sparrow has always had meaning for me:
"The sparrow is ever vigilant in her goals. She is always bustling for her food, foraging for her nests, and gathering for her young. Fastidious and productive, the sparrow is a reminder that idle hands and idle minds should be avoided to live a full and healthy life.”
I truly love what I do! I have always been a creative person, and having an outlet to release that creative energy while still being able to be home with my daughter and spend time with my family is just a blessing for me. I didn't expect to grow as quickly as I did, but it's really been wonderful.
Getting to work with other moms and spreading the word about babywearing (which is another huge passion of mine) is so much fun! Even better is when my customers send me photos of their little ones in their carriers with their accessories or wrapped up in their blankets - it's one of the best feelings to see so many people enjoying and loving something I created.
I put love into everything I make, I hope a little of that makes it to each person that receives it.
Q. When did you start sewing?
A. My mother taught me when I was a child. She used to make clothes for me, my
siblings and herself as well.
Q. Everything you sell is CPSC compliant- tell us a little bit about that process and what it means.
A. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has pretty strict standards for children's items made and sold in the United States. I have made sure to do my research and make all of my items in accordance to their safety standards. Making sure my items are as safe as possible for babies and children is very important to me.
Q. What types of baby carrier accessories do you get the most requests for?
A. Drool pads is most common. They attach to the shoulder straps of soft structured carriers and protect them from babies who like to chew on them! Teethers is probably the next most popular. Lots of teething babies out there!
Q. How are you able to match the prints?
A. Lots of searching the internet! Also, I am in a vendor group with some other wonderful work-at-home moms who also make carrier accessories and we share information. When a new print comes out we all start searching for the fabric. It's wonderful to have a support system of wonderful women to connect with!
Q. Any plans for making other baby carrier items?
A. I recently released a babywearing mirror so you can easily see baby when back wearing and I am currently working on some bag patterns that can be used to store the carrier in as well as a clutch to use while wearing!
Q. What has been your favorite item that you've made so far?
A. I recently made a set for a Campy Tula that was an adorable owl hood, I loved the way it turned out!
I also did a Harry Potter set that I really wanted to keep. I am a total book nerd, so those kinds of sets are always fun to do!
Q. Can we find any of your items locally?
A. I don't have items in any local shops yet, but I am happy to take custom orders locally and ship or meet with someone.
Q. How long does it take for custom orders?
A. I currently schedule custom orders the first week of each month and average wait time is around 3-4 weeks.
Q. What are your prices?
A. I have a custom menu in my Facebook group, but each item or set is individual and prices can vary depending on the fabric choice.
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Michelle Lloyd Eastridge is a freelance journalist, PR/social media junky, and mommy blogger who specializes in eco-friendly living, family life, local mompreneur's, and loves exploring her hometown Charlotte with her husband and kids.