North West student Kendall Kubis sells embroidery to support mutual aid

Photo courtesy of Kendall Kubis

Weinberg Junior Kendall Kubis holds the Pikachu hat she made for Communication Junior Dhrithi Arun. Arun ordered the hat after seeing a Jigglypuff hat that Kubis made.

Swapping quarantine boredom for a passion for embroidery, Weinberg junior Kendall Kubis spent her newfound free time on a stay-at-home order to start an Instagram business.

Kubis started embroidering Christmas gifts for her friends and family, but soon realized that she could donate the proceeds from the handmade embroidery pieces to the Chicago Coalition to Help Benevolent Fund. the homeless.

“It was mostly a result of seeing how Evanston treated homeless residents here and feeling like I wanted to contribute in some way,” Kubis said. “I was like, ‘Wow, why don’t I start making stuff and selling it? Might as well – I have some time.

To request a design, buyers can send a direct message to Kubis’ Instagram, @kendalls.crafts. Kubis uses a “pay what you can” donation policy. Customers pay extra to cover the cost of the garment they want embroidered. Kubis said she prefers thrift items because it’s more durable.

Kubis said his business model includes both commissioned pieces and his own designs. Commissions allow people to request specific designs.

“It’s nice to be able to give people exactly what they want,” Kubis said. “A lot of people make me do things like a specific character from their childhood that is important to them.”

Weinberg’s junior Andrew Young said he bought Kubis a hat with an embroidered tattoo for Dillo Day.

“It’s a good cause,” Young said. “There are a few friends of mine who do things like that, where they take something fun for themselves and turn it into a formal hobby or some type of semi-commercial contract.”

In her spare time, Kubis embroiders the patches, usually while she watches a movie or talks with friends. Each piece normally takes around four to five hours, but she said she finds the process relaxing amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Kubis said she takes inspiration from other NU small businesses and urges others to support these creators.

“I’m always so impressed with how people can use their hobbies to generate these businesses and do so much good,” Kubis said. “I have so much respect for them. I hope to get there one day when I have more free time.

Communications junior Dhrithi Arun bought a black hat with an embroidered Pikachu from Kubis. She said she enjoys watching her friend turn her passion into a business.

“I see her (embroidering) all the time anyway, so the fact that she managed to make it into a small little business was pretty cool,” Arun said.

After starting school in person, Kubis said she plans to keep Instagram small, but hopes she can take on more orders this winter.

Arun reminds potential buyers: their support not only boosts Kubis, but also promotes local mutual aid.

“Big thumbs up to anyone considering buying her, because she’s quite humble about it, but I think the pieces are really well made,” Arun said. “(The hat) is so cute. I wear it all the time.”

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