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KarenHeenan

Useful & Beautiful - Upcycled Handmade

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · 225 Sales

KarenHeenan

Useful & Beautiful - Upcycled Handmade

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 225 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(73)

Announcement   To me, handmade is like organic; if more people could afford it, more people would buy it. By using recycled fabrics for my creations, I can provide quality handmade at an affordable price.

At Useful & Beautiful, you'll find soft toys, toddler dresses, accessories and home goods all made with fabric upcycled from clothing, vintage linens and more. I love the challenge of working with discarded items and can give a second life to almost anything. Repurposing old garments is the thread (bad pun, sorry) that runs through all my work.

My shop's name comes from a quote from William Morris: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." I think that says it all.

Please follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UsefulBeautifulHandmade and on Instagram: www.instagram.com/karen.heenan

You can also visit my blog: http://sewingbytheseatofmypants.blogspot.com for more examples of my work and to follow my creative endeavors.

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 13, 2016

To me, handmade is like organic; if more people could afford it, more people would buy it. By using recycled fabrics for my creations, I can provide quality handmade at an affordable price.

At Useful & Beautiful, you'll find soft toys, toddler dresses, accessories and home goods all made with fabric upcycled from clothing, vintage linens and more. I love the challenge of working with discarded items and can give a second life to almost anything. Repurposing old garments is the thread (bad pun, sorry) that runs through all my work.

My shop's name comes from a quote from William Morris: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." I think that says it all.

Please follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UsefulBeautifulHandmade and on Instagram: www.instagram.com/karen.heenan

You can also visit my blog: http://sewingbytheseatofmypants.blogspot.com for more examples of my work and to follow my creative endeavors.

Karen Heenan

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Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
(73)
Krystal Hernandez

Krystal Hernandez on Dec 8, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely perfect! I wanted something special for my daughter's first birthday and I absolutely love the custom doll Karen made. She was incredible at capturing exactly what I wanted. The doll will be treasured for years to come.

staceyr450

staceyr450 on Dec 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

So happy with these AMAZING bears!!!! They are beyond perfect Karen does outstanding work and is a pleasure to work with! Thank you so much I truly love the bears!!!!?????

staceyr450

staceyr450 on Dec 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

So happy with these AMAZING bears!!!! They are beyond perfect Karen does outstanding work and is a pleasure to work with! Thank you so much I truly love the bears!!!!?????

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About

Hand made. Well made. Responsibly made.

My shop's name comes from a favorite quote by William Morris: "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." I think it's important to keep that in mind, especially when we're surrounded by so much useless and -- let's face it -- not really beautiful stuff.

I'm a lifelong maker. I sew, embroider, draw, paint, cook, garden, write . . . everything but knit or crochet, because I'm afraid I will stash yarn the way I do fabric. I've also had flings with costume-making, papercraft, painting, you name it. It's a good thing my relationship history isn't as varied.

Fabric has always been my first love -- for years I made all my own clothes, but I came to the realization that I only need so many, no matter how much I enjoyed making them. That led me to start repurposing pieces from my closet, making things for others, and finally, sharing my love of upcycling with a wider audience. I've always hated to throw things away, and once I got my head around the idea that everything old can become something new, there was no looking back for me.

Living a thriftier life and acquiring less stuff ties in with my making. But what if you already have the stuff? Why not donate it or find a way to recycle it? There's more to recycling than putting it in a bin on trash day. My form of recycling is finding a use for materials that are worth saving and allowing people to consume more intentionally, knowing that their purchase comes with a light carbon footprint. Retail therapy that can help save the planet? Bring it on!

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  • Karen Heenan

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I'm a lifelong crafter -- you name it, I've tried it. And if it made me stash materials and supplies, so much the better. This shop is my attempt to clear out years of excess, and better live up to my ideals of a simpler life.

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Last updated on Mar 30, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I happily accept custom and personalized orders. Please feel free to message me prior to ordering one of my custom listings to clear up any questions you may have. Once an order is placed, I will provide my shipping address (if you are providing materials) and will contact you again upon receipt of your package. I will provide an in-progress photo and will notify you (with tracking) when your custom order ships out. Please note that due to the nature of custom / personalized items, I cannot accept returns and that is why I am happy to answer questions prior to proceeding with a project.

Care instructions

All my items are made with recycled / repurposed fabrics that have already been washed/dried, etc. Clothing items (children's wear, scarves, etc.) are machine wash and dry.

Stuffed animals can be spot-cleaned and, in some cases, put through the washer and line dried. Care will be noted in the specific listings and on the item tags.

Sizing details

Clothing sizes: while clothing is handmade, sizing follows commercial standards. Flat measurements are provided for both children's and adult clothing.

Toys: full dimensions are provided for all stuffed animals. There may be minor variations in size due to the "stretch" of one fabric over another, but any variation will be minimal.

Wholesale availability

Please feel free to contact me with any wholesale inquiries.

Addendum to Refund Policy

My work is made from recycled fabrics, and as such, there may occasionally be imperfections or fading to fabrics, which in my view only adds to the charm of the piece. I aim to describe my items accurately (and note any imperfections) and hope there would be no need for refunds. But . . . if you're unhappy with your purchase, PLEASE reach out to me so we can work together to find a solution.