Soon after Sue Pruente moved to Keller with her family in 1999, she met people who needed her skills.
“We were at a baseball game, and a mom was saying she needed to get a headband made, and she didn’t know who she would put beads on,” Pruente said. “She showed it to me and I said, ‘I can do it for you. “”
Over the next two years, Pruente fielded various sewing requests from members of her social circle.
In 2001, Pruente launched Made by Sue on Keller Parkway, a short walk from her home.
She uses an acronym to describe her services.
“We go to the SEA: sewing, embroidery and alterations”, she says.
She said she sews quilts, tote bags, stuffed bunnies, nap mats, pillows, towels and more. Its top seller in this category is the memory foam quilt made from shirts. These sell for between $300 and $600.
When customers choose products made by Pruente, such as plush bunnies and nap mats, the price includes embroidery. She will also embroider items that customers bring in, she said.
Pruente also does a wide variety of alterations, including fitting wedding dresses and shortening baseball pants to culottes. She also has a long-standing annual order from a medical company to modify 5,000 children’s backpacks to accommodate feeding tubes.
“My granddaughter had a feeding tube, so when they called me I knew exactly what they needed to do,” Pruente said. “It was definitely a thing of God.”
She said customers bring a mix of emotions with them, from those buying birthday presents to those needing trouser alterations for a funeral.
“He tries to have kindness and compassion for where people are at the time,” Pruente said.
For many of her clients, their first visit was to have a prom dress altered. Next, they needed college dorm items, and that was followed by wedding dress alterations. And after that, Pruente said, they need items for their nativity scenes.
“It’s their life course,” Pruente said. “And [I’m] helping out with all those fun events as they go.
Made by Sue’s owner, Sue Pruente, lists the steps used in her shop to make memory quilts.
•A customer brings 16 shirts of any material.
•A customer chooses the sashing—the material that binds the folders—the backing and the binding.
• Sue cuts the shirts into 14 inch by 14 inch pieces.
• Color Sue balances the layout.
•Sue sews the quilt together on a machine and does the binding by hand.•
Manufactured by Sue.1103 Keller Parkway, Ste. 101 Keller. 817-431-8182. www.facebook.com/MadeBySueTX. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-6pm, closed Sat.-Sun.