Kelley Isinger, owner and designer of Maddie and Me Handmade, makes a range of hand-tied bows for babies and girls – tiny knot bows, petite bows, and larger bows too. The bows are attached to alligator clips or on nylon one-size-fits-most headbands that are soft and grow with your baby. She also makes clip-on and adjustable bow ties for boys.
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From London to Chicago:
Maddie and Me Handmade was founded by Kelley Isinger in 2015 when she and her family were living in London. Her daughter Madeline started nursery, and having a few extra hours in her day, Kelley wanted to learn something new that would involve making things for her daughter.
Kelley fell in love with the beautiful Liberty of London fabrics and this set things in motion. She bought a sewing machine and taught herself to sew. When her little guy, Logan, came along in 2017, she began making bow ties too.
Kelley & her family moved back to the states in July 2019 and the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago became home. Her sewing machine moves around the house with her so that she can work around her kids who are now 4 and 9 years old. When she’s not full-time mom-ing, she’s sewing. Sewing is her creative outlet and has provided her with much-needed stress relief, especially after the year 2020.
Kelley began making knotted headbands last summer during quarantine. She was looking for a headband to help her look “put together” even though she was feeling anything but. Kelley couldn’t find one in a fabric she liked, so she made one. Since Madeline had outgrown wearing bows in her hair, she has been wearing the headbands too. And so the headbands are one size suitable for both big girls and women.
Maddie and Me Handmade
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