As the end of a decade approaches, I find myself reflecting on how everything has changed. Life happened, struggles happened, happiness and sadness. I am more grateful than ever for the things that I went without because it makes me appreciate the things and people that I do have.
When I started this business in 2014 I had a vision. I strived for a team of relatable people who could appreciate high quality fabric and people who knew the difference. People who were NOT like each other but was able to be united by a common bond, sewing. I thought my requirements were simple: Be accepting, patient, loyal and a team player… I thought it was that simple.
In 2017 I started a promotional team, I thought the more the better. I was wrong. There were people who weren’t the right fit. People who weren’t acting as team players. People who tried to sabotage Phee. People who would judge me and take advantage for being trusting. But I have always lived by the motto “Don’t talk about it; Be about it”
Going in to a new decade, 2020 is a restructuring. At the end of December I started a “Pay it Forward” campaign. In times of struggle, everyone can use a pick-me-up. Something that makes you smile. A lot of us use sewing as a stress release, therapy, a way of providing clothes. As a kid, my mother dropped me off at a foster home with nothing more than the clothes on my back. If it wasn’t for the kindness of the other foster children in the home I wouldn’t have anything to wear. I will always be grateful for those three girls. Since the beginning of Phee, I have taken the fabrics from scrap packs and clothes that my son has grown out of and donated them to a local foster home.
Our ‘Pay it Forward’ campaign started with $100 from Phee Fabrics. The goal is to provide sewists with durable, high quality fabric to make something for others in need. Whether it’s a garment for the homeless, a child in the system, a child you foster, a friend who is struggling, a stranger, if you are going through a hard time and need something. There is no judgement. Only compassion and understanding. This is based on the honor system and with everything, a learning experience.
This campaign does not have unlimited funds, it relies on donations. I hope that there will always be funds available but that isn’t a guarantee. Giving feels as good as receiving. We ask to only take what you need. Not use it because you want to try Phee Fabrics for free or to add to your stash.
I ask that you please share this as much as possible. Spreading the word will only help everyone. If you would like to donate or are in need please email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below.
Pay It Forward
Thank you so much for being creative souls. You are accepted and valued.