16th Avenue Shop Let’s Make Something Brings Fabric and Friends Together

 

Written by Stephanie Higginbotham

Walk into local fabric store, Let’s Make Something, on any given day, and you’ll notice that you feel like family as soon as you step across the door’s threshold.  Owners Tammy and Wade Robinson have set up a shop that will take you back to a time when things seemed simpler, and you’re sure to become fast friends as you spend time shopping in their store.

Let's Make Something 16th Avenue Laurel

Let’s Make Something opened its doors in March of 2015, after Tammy chose to leave a career in banking after 27 years.  While that may seem like a daunting leap to some, Tammy says she knew right from the start that God was opening the door for her to begin her own business. “Everything began to fall into place for the store to open,” Tammy said. “From the location to finding sales reps to God sending me an encourager every day while we were in the planning stages.”

Tammy moved to Sandersville, Mississippi from New Jersey when she was just five, so she calls Jones County home.  Ask her why she chose this business, and she’ll tell you that she can’t remember a time when she didn’t sew.  Her father had surgery when she was a young teenager, and she needed to have something to do inside the house while he was recovering.  It was her father who introduced her to quilting.

Tammy also had a friend who quilted and that friend taught her even more.  Tammy said that her neighbor had a long arm quilting machine, and she had to have one, so now she does in her own home. While encouragement was poured into Tammy during the planning process and the business’s beginning, you’ll find her to be a true blessing herself and one of the most caring people you’ll ever meet.  She shows love to others through her teaching and her generosity.  “I love helping and encouraging customers to make quilts to give,” Tammy explained.  The shop collects quilts for the Jones County Sheriff’s Department to be placed in deputy vehicles and given to children in crisis.

Tammy has also been given the opportunity to work each month with ladies going through addiction recovery typically through small projects. She said, “It is always fun to see their faces when they make something for the first time. I never leave them without a full heart.” It’s no secret that you’ll never leave Let’s Make Something without a full heart. Often when customers visit her store for fabric, they also leave with an encouraged spirit, which is always worth far more than any fabric money can buy.  

In addition to fabric and cotton for quilting, the store also sells small items made by its owners, including burp cloths, bibs, potholders and even embroidered baby quilts. Tammy also now uses her long arm quilting machine to stitch quilts for customers and friends – the same machine that she purchased years ago after seeing her neighbor with one.

Let's Make Something - Tammy Robinson

Tammy’s favorite personal project was making quilts for her niece and nephew from their father’s shirts.  “They were a little difficult to make but well worth it to hear Brandon and Kala talk about memories of their dad wearing the shirts to different places.”

Let’s Make Something is a hidden jewel, tucked away on the back side of the State Farm building just south of Wal-Mart.  Tammy loves their location, as it is right along 16th Avenue, yet still somewhat privately situated of the lower level of the building’s back side. The store is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  To keep up with new shipments of fabrics, or dates for upcoming classes, you can find and follow Let’s Make Something on Facebook.

 
Laura Johns