Shaker Woods Shakerwoods Festival Columbiana, Ohio
Shaker Woods Shakerwoods Festival Columbiana, Ohio Shaker Woods Shakerwoods Festival Columbiana, Ohio Shaker Woods Shakerwoods Festival Columbiana, Ohio

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Hohn: The Answer to a Messy Problem

Sew Appealing offers handmade fabric goods, including aprons, baby and toddler bibs, burp cloths and embroidered tote bags. Careful attention is paid to choosing quality materials, assembling them in a functional way and preparing beautiful products that festival-goers will be proud to purchase for themselves or as gifts. Owner Kara Hohn is a stay-at-home mom, or a work from home mom, depending on whom you ask. She’s inspired by such designers and retailers as Lilly Pulitzer, Matilda Jane, Gymboree, Pottery Barn and Vera Bradley.

Every item is handmade from fabrics and materials that Kara “obsessively” selects. Moms, grandmothers, caregivers and gift-givers will find useful, functional pieces from Sew Appealing. As a young mother, Kara learned she could make better baby care items than what was sold in traditional retailers. Her business started small; it was born from discussions with moms about what would help them care for their children.

Kara’s first creation was a thick bib, custom made for her niece who drooled day and night. Then, next in her line, were bibs large enough to cover her own toddler and be fastened with a snap so he couldn’t pull off the bib.

Early on at a local farmer’s market, a few customers requested aprons and Kara soon realized that aprons were becoming popular again (and that she loved picking the coordinating fabrics.)

Her business has grown steadily in the past eight years. One of the best compliments she received was that the toddler bibs have washed and worn so well that satisfied customers are handing them down to new moms. One customer said, “The bibs still look so nice even after several years!” All bibs, burp cloths and toddler bibs are backed in soft absorbent chenille.

Sew Appealing also works with two bakeries that wear (and wash) her aprons daily. The employees love how beautiful the aprons look many months later!

This is Sew Appealing’s first year at the Shaker Woods Festival. Kara grew up in Butler, Pa., then lived in Medina, Ohio for eight years, where Sew Appealing began. It was a big decision to leave a loyal customer base when she moved back to her hometown in 2014. Sew Appealing participates in festivals between western Pa. and Eastern Ohio.

Please stop by booth 139 for quality thoughtful items for you and your little ones.

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