Posted by Rachel Westall on 22 May 2020
We talk to small business owner, Rebecca about her online e-commerce fabric shop Sew-Drops Ltd
How did your company start; what was the aim when it was launched? What was the response?
Well, it all started three years ago when I first started learning to sew. I fell in love with the craft after I unexpectedly attended a 1:1 lesson for my Mum. As the weeks and months passed, my knowledge and skills gradually improved, and in early 2018, I decided to enrol with City & Guilds to complete an online Patchwork & Quilting Course – four months later, I achieved my Skill Stage 2 qualification. After completing this course, I knew that I wanted to become a part of the sewing world, and that's when I decided that I wanted to create my very own online sewing business.So, whilst undertaking my City & Guilds: Patchwork and Quilting (Skill Stage 3) in autumn 2018, I began work on creating my own business and after 10 months of hard work, Sew-Drops Ltd. was launched in July 2019.
From the very beginning, our main aim was to stock high-quality 100 per cent cotton fabric(s) from top fabric brands such as Liberty, Lewis & Irene and FreeSpirit Fabrics but we quickly decided to expand on the type of products we stocked in order to offer a wide range of items to customers visiting our website. So, since we originally launched we're now offering products such as pre-cut fabrics, felt craft kits, sewing patterns, and I am using all the skills and techniques that I've learnt (and continue to learn) over the last three years to make a range of handmade gifts.When we first launched Sew-Drops last year, the initial response was somewhat slow. However, as the months have gone by, we've started to see a huge difference – more people are finding our website and liking and sharing our social media pages with their friends who love to sew. We've also been contacted by reps from well-known fabric brands and sewing companies asking if we'd like to stock their products on our website in the future, so that's extremely positive. Hopefully as the years go by, our business will continue to grow.