Collaboration: One Shabby Chick


When I (Gretchen) first met Amber of One Shabby Chick I was one of the hundreds of people drawn to (and mildy obsessed with) her colorful hand sewn bags. Each one is a little different, with unique combinations of fabric colors, zipper pulls and contrasting inserts - we picked out the colors for these bags together, playing on my favorite blues and yellows.  The collection features fabric I've been holding onto from travels to Bali and Tanzania. 

Meet Amber Carrillo the artist behind One Shabby Chick - She says" I was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu and am blessed to still live here with my husband and four kids. Most days you can find me sewing in my home studio. I do love to travel too and also help lead our junior high group at our church."

Favorite thing to do outside: I love playing soccer and up until COVID, was playing with an over 40 women’s team. Even though I was born and raised in Hawaii, I don’t go to the beach often - I think that makes me a weirdo.
Tell us about One Shabby Chick I first started my business making wood items and selling at markets when my kids were very young. Somehow along the way, I learned to sew and started making quilts and was wanting to find a way to use all the scraps left over. This started my journey of making small pouches and other items and now I have to squeeze in time to make quilts.
Best advice for someone who wants to get into sewing: Start making what you love - my sewing journey began with a quilt for my mom and grew from there (and I cringe at the quilt I made - I had so much to learn). Learn the basics and practice - over and over. Find your own style and voice and just have fun.
Best advice you've ever been given as a maker: We all have a unique voice in our art/creative endeavors. You aren’t the first person to make this art form and you won’t be the last. Just do you and make room and celebrate others.
I hope you love this collaboration as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you! 


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