Mary Abreu

After stitching her first pillow by hand at age eight, Mary Abreu received a Holly Hobbie sewing machine for Christmas—which she quickly ignored because the toy machine only sewed a chain stitch.

Mary teaches apparel sewing classes at Intown Quilters in Decatur, Georgia, to support her fabric habit. She aspires to sew fantastical cosplay and Steampunk creations for herself—if only she could take a break from sewing her daughter’s wardrobe. When not sewing, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially if it means beating her husband and teenaged sons at Scrabble.

Mary documents her many crafting adventures on her blog, Confessions of a Craft Addict (, because her family grew tired of the daily craft show-and-tell. She is the author of Little Girls, Big Style.