When Penny’s mother taught her to sew when she was twelve years old, she
immediately fell in love with the craft. She started making her own clothes and
later made her daughter’s clothes, as well as children’s clothes and baby
comforters for a children’s store. Though she took a break while pursuing
a “real” job, sewing has remained a creative outlet for her throughout her
Penny has been recycling for many years, and recently started to mesh that
with her craft. She discovered that there are so many vintage linens still out there that
are not being used because they have holes or stains. Many of these end
up in the landfill. All of my aprons are made from vintage linens, most from the 1940s and 50s. She mainly uses tablecloths, but also has feed sacks, dish towels, and vintage yardage and embellishes them with doilies, hankies, dresser scarves, rick rack, and lace.
Penny says, “They don’t make cottons of this quality anymore, and
I love being able to upcycle them. I can cut around the flaws and make
my aprons. Something considered useless is now a work of art, as well
as something useful once again.”
Penelope Bellus and Oh Sew Penny are located at Table #13.