My Sewing Box - Our Story
My Sewing Box is an online fabric & haberdashery business run by mother-daughter duo Amy and Angela Gilbert, based in Bournemouth. It all started with a hypothetical business plan for study, and a big love for all things fabric... and of course, growing up learning to sew ourselves!
With mum and two daughters all into sewing, the three of us running our sewing machine into the ground, we of course spent half our time running around to local fabric shops for supplies.
But we soon found that after we'd done a lot of basic projects, there wasn't a lot of choice for better quality fabrics around, and none of it was particularly inspiring. We started investigating what was out there and found so many good quality, well-designed fabrics which we'd love to use but just weren't available in our area.
After following a load of sewing blogs for inspiration, we also realised that a lot of the fabric shops didn't do a lot to inspire somebody who might struggle with choosing fabrics or simply felt like they needed ideas for how to use their fabrics. So we decided to set up our own business online to supply not only fabrics but also the ideas, inspiration and support alongside to make sure that everyone's sewing journey was a pleasant and on-going one.
Ever since we first set eyes on Makower fabrics, we knew it was the designer for us, so we started with selling exclusively Makower fabrics. We loved the fact they were all British designed, as well as great quality and style. Before long, more British designers like Lewis & Irene started popping up too!
And so we grew from there... We added kits to our range, to help encourage new sewers to have a go without feeling like they had to commit to buying lots of equipment and fabric if they didn't like it (plus they also make great gifts). Now we have a great range of fabrics, kits, habby and accessories, as well as our renowned monthly sewing subscription boxes - and we're always building!
We handpick all our fabrics, and carefully curate the contents of all our monthly boxes, as well as spend many hours coming up with and putting together all of our kits. It's very hands on, but we love it, and our customers do too!
Got any suggestions for products you'd like to see on the site? Let us know! You can catch us on email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy shopping!
Love Angela & Amy