CraftSanity Episode 85: Med Student and Crafter, Cara Angelotta Shares the Story of ‘Sew Bettie’

mark-and-cara.jpg She’s a crafty med student at Northwestern University who loves to sew. He’s a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, oil painter and designer. And Miss Bettie Lou Sweet Waters is their sleepy dog. Together they are the force behind Sew Bettie, the growing craft business they launched in the summer of 2007 in Chicago.

Inspired by Bettie, Cara Angelotta and Mark Cesarik have teamed up to bring the world a new line of limited edition fabric designs, sewing patterns and craft project tutorials.

Tune in this week for a chat with Cara and find out how she juggles med school with her after-hours life as a craft business c0-owner. She also shares some business tips and gives us the scoop on all that great limited-edition fabric Mark is designing for their shop. (They print their fabric through Spoonflower.) Each design is limited to 100 yards and each order comes with an official certificate of authenticity with the edition number of the fabric.

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Enter to Win a Limited Fat Quarter from Sew Bettie Fabric. Cara and Mark would like to start printing upholstery fabric. Think big, funky couches and suggest an image you’d to see them print on fabric to cover a cozy piece of furniture. Post your selection below. The randomly selected winner will get to pick a Sew Bettie print of his or her choice. The deadline to enter is Saturday, Sept. 27. Good luck!

This week’s Sponsors:

A special thanks to jewelry artist Catherine Hodge for sponsoring this episode of CraftSanity. Shop her original line of jewelry and check out her blog.

This episode is also sponsored by Posted Stitches, my monthly art challenge Web site.

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