Kathryn Dale learned to sew when she was in sixth grade, but she had no idea that just two years later a quarantine would lead to her own business.
“I was bored,” she said about the early days of being home. “It first started with me making one for my mom, then my sister, and then I started making some for myself. Then my mom posted them and told everyone I was making masks.”
From that point, the eighth grader began taking orders through a Facebook page called Styles by Kathryn. “We also reach out to our customers,” she added, “because a lot of people I sell to are people we know.”
Since last year, Kathryn has gone beyond mask-making to creating tote bags, headbands, scrunchies, and pouches. She also learned to make Christmas stockings, stuffed bears, and blankets. “I got an embroidery machine for Christmas,” she said, “so I can start embroidering on masks and on shirts.”
When asked what advice she would give to other young people who want to start a business, she replied, “It really depends on the business. What I do isn’t very popular anymore amongst kids. I would say don’t take so many orders and manage your money wisely.”
As she heads to high school, Kathryn hopes to be a part of color guard for the band or continue playing the flute. She is also a green stripe in Tae Kwon Doe. This Panther is not short on talent! Be sure to visit Styles by Kathryn on Facebook to see her latest creations.