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Local Maker: Emma Lyn Designs

Have you started to collect all your local maker gifts yet?? I know that the table in my sewing room is starting to pile up and I don't feel like I've even made it to a lot of markets yet this year!

Granted I started early... I met this next local maker at a market at the Wadsworth Mansion this summer (or was it fall)? I had followed her (ok, stalked her) on social media before and I have to say that her products in person were exactly as perfect and gorgeous as I imagined they would be! And yes, while these will be excellent gifts for any lady in your life, you will probably want to sneak in at least one for yourself (or two... like this grey herringbone one that matches my Toms for my daytime gallivanting and this gold mermaid sequin one BECAUSE IT'S MERMAID SEQUINS!!!)

So time to learn a little more about Emma!

Hi! Thanks for letting me feature you on my Local Maker series! Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Hi! I’m Emma, the owner and designer of Emma Lyn Designs. I taught myself how to sew when I was in college and have been making things for myself ever since. I now have a 5 month old son, and stay home with him while working on my business. I started making small clutches/wallets for myself about 3 years ago. I am obsessed with color and patterns, and wanted to make something practical that I could use everyday out of all of the beautiful fabric that I found at the store. These clutches I made for myself eventually turned into Emma Lyn Designs, where we make custom accessories. Everything we offer can be totally customized and designed by the customer, allowing you to design exactly what you want!

I love this idea... and where can everyone find your work?

I mostly sell my products online and at a few craft shows around the state. You can also find Emma Lyn at The Mason Jar in Monroe, Basil Rose Boutique in Newtown, Hartford Prints in Hartford, and Cinder and Salt in Middletown.

You can find her on instagram @emalyndesigns and facebook at

What's your favorite part of your products and making them?

My favorite part of my products is the fact that everything can be customized. What I love may not be exactly what somebody else wants, so I love giving people the opportunity to design their own. I love seeing what people design! My other favorite thing about the products is all of the patterns. My husband and I design many of the patterns and we get them printed on water resistant fabric which is a beautiful and durable fabric!

Water resistant fabric is an amazing idea! Who do you see buying your products (besides everyone because everyone needs a clutch or 5 in their life)?

My products appeal to a variety of different people, but I definitely think these are perfect for a busy mom. As a new mom, I use my clutch everyday, throwing it in my diaper bag and then grabbing it to go into the grocery store. These clutches are also perfect for gifting since everything can be custom designed and personalized as well. All of the accessories ship out in gift ready boxes making it super easy to give as a gift!

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous work!!!!


You know you want a bajillion of these to give to everyone now, don't you?? Seriously though, the mermaid sequins make me want to throw a New Years Eve party like nothing else (though the idea of staying up until midnight is downright laughable these days!). Go check out Emma Lyn online and her stores and make sure to order soon--- the holidays are coming up fast Folks!!!

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