Judy Nelson, owner of Junebug Creations, had hardly sewn a thing since her high school home economics class. Then she found out that they would be having a granddaughter, and all the craftiness that she had stored up for years came pouring out. Tutus, dresses, tiny aprons… everything for little girls was flying off her sewing machine. “Things got out of control,” Judy remembers. And since there’s only so many tutus a little girl can wear at one time, Junebug Creations was born.
What started off as a slightly overzealous hobby became a business. Judy explains, “My opinion is that a hobby is just taking time to make a few items here and there. A business continues with those items, continually adding new items and striving to meet the customers wants and needs.” She now offers a wider range of products and sells at craft fairs throughout the area.
Some of Junebug Creation’s newer items aren’t just for girls. Search pillows have become a popular item. A search pillow is like a soft little beanbag with trinkets mixed into the beans. A small, clear window allows kids to search for these treasures by moving the filling around inside the bag. It’s a great toy for appointments and car rides, which customers appreciate.
Judy gets lots of ideas by browsing the internet, especially Pinterest. She combines these inspirations with customer feedback to decide what to sew next. Her business has taught her to be confident and try new ideas. “I’ve learned that I really can sew and do different things,” she says. And she still sews for her granddaughters, who she gets to spend time with almost every day.
For Judy, the best part of the market is “working with the customers and getting to know the market regulars.” Next time you’re at The Prairie Farmers’ Market, stop by Junebug Creations and meet Judy and her family!