KAWARTHA LAKES-While many young people spend their days staring at a screen, Rylee and Teagan MacIntosh are staring down the eye of a sewing needle.
“I sew almost every day. I like it, it’s enjoyable, it’s relaxing” said Rylee MacIntosh.
Rylee and her sister took up sewing six years ago on a rainy day at the cottage. Grandma Sandy Trull passed on her skill to her granddaughters who are now 13 and 11 years old respectively.
“I learned to sew in home economics class. Back then you couldn’t afford to buy new stuff so you would have to sew it.” Trull told Kawartha 411 news. “It’s brought us closer together, they’ve taken over the dining room, with sewing machines and fabrics.”
During the pandemic, Trull began sewing masks for the Canadian Cancer Society and the hospital in Newmarket. The girls began sewing masks for friends and family and then decided to start a business out of it, adding scrunches and pencil cases as well. Mango’s Magic Creations has flourished.
“We made $6,000 and used the money to buy a pony. We named her Mango” Rylee told Kawartha 411 news. “Since we bought her we’ve learned to budget to pay her bills and still have money for ourselves and supplies.”
Recently the girls added reusable Christmas gift bags to the menu, helping the environment while paying the expenses for their pony.
“I go to the barn six days a week in Blackstock. We have to pay to board her with money we make from the business.” Rylee explained.
Grandma Trull says she had lots of extra Christmas fabric sitting around and they were wondering what to do with it. The girls decided to make reusable Christmas gift bags.
“I feel proud and they do an awesome job, they make a really nice product.” says Grandma Trull.
You can find the girls on Facebook at Mango’s Magic Creations.