Saturday, February 26, 2011

Facebook February Feature #6

Meet Megs and the family behind Cow Patties Cloth



A little creative thinking and a lot of sewing know-how was what ended up bringing Megs into the world of cloth diaper manufacturing. As a young couple starting out, Megs and her husband, Seth, always knew that they had wanted to use cloth diapers. However, after looking longingly at some of the bigger name brands, they realized the initial start up cost would require a bit of saving up. After three months of saving for their fluff fund, they ordered and received a starter kit of diapers in the mail from a large diaper company. After receiving and carefully analyzing her new little stash, Megs realized, "Hey, I can do that!" So, she bought some fabric and started sewing. And so, Cow Patties Cloth was born in October of 2007.

So far, Cow Patties Cloth has been mostly an online endeavor, with a strong following of fans on their Facebook-based shop. Their blog, which also features regular giveaways, is also growing and gaining a strong following. Currently, Megs is happy with the amount of business she has as she's kept busy every night sewing enough diapers to suppy her two retailers as well as a co-op. Typically, she works alone, though husband Seth has been known to man the serger or snap press from time to time. While Megs is happy where the business is at for this phase of life (she can still spend lots of time with her young children), she hopes that when her kids are in school, it will leave time for her to sew more during the daytime so Cow Patties Cloth can stretch its wings even more. Megs sees herself doing this for years to come as it is still a labour of love. "I think that you need to enjoy what you are making. There isn't an order that goes out the door that I haven't liked making," she says.

When she's not busy serging or snipping or pressing on snaps, Megs enjoys her days with the family in their small farming town in Nebraska. She loves playing with and taking care of her kids--Hays (4 1/2) Maxl (3) and Sloane (2). The family also keeps a number of animals--one dog (Fallon), two horses (Mollie and Ruby) and some cattle--that keep them busy. When she finds time for herself, Megs is currently training for the Tough Mudder, a long distance obstacle race that sends proceeds to Wounded Warrior. She also hopes to find time to get back into reading.

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This is feature number 6 of 8 for our Facebook February promotion. Read all the features this month and then join us for a Facebook party on Monday, February 28th at 8:00 PM CST, where Megs and Cow Patties Cloth will be giving away a FREE Famous Fitted Pocket Diaper to one lucky winner! With 2 full body layers of bamboo fleece and a cute cotton knit/cotton woven/minky outer, this makes a great night time diaper! Snaps or velcro can be added or you can use a snappi/pins to close it.

95 comments:

Keri said...

First off, her children are beautiful and I love the name of her company! Tooo cute!!!

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The Trophy Wife said...

I love that she enjoys what she does. I also love that she and her husband thought about CD'ing before having kids....I think that's a first I've heard.

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Michelle said...

I think it sounds awesome that her hubby helps out with the actual diaper creation! Way to go team :)

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Rockin' Momma said...

I think it's lovely that she has horses <3

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Emmy said...

she knows what she wants to be when she grows up...
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Ashley said...

She lives in a small farm town. In my mind, that's lovely :)

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The Pavlik Family said...

The name Cowpatties is enough to love these and want one on your little one's bum!
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sportschic012 said...

Everything? She sounds like a hard working mama and if she puts her mind to it, she will achieve it!

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Kelsey said...

She has two boys and then she had her girl! I am hoping that if my boyfriend and I have another one that we get our little girl! Since I am only allowed to have one more c-section due to scar tissue. We currently have a two little boys!

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staceybenstroup said...

She pays alot of attention to her customers and fans on facebook. Every morning she takes time out of her busy life to ask diffrent questions on facebook. Awsome :)

Tiffany said...

I am seriously jealous of her sewing skills!
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Shannon said...

I like that her hubby jumps in and helps her with the snaps and surging. How fun! :)
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Cass said...

I think it's lovely that her business is her labour of love, and she enjoys what she does.

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Living the Thrifty Life said...

I think its great that she still has time to devote to her family (and animals!) and to maintain a thriving business!!

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michelle said...

It's always good to love to do what you do!

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CC said...

I love it when mamas say "Hey, I can do that!" And I love that she has 3 kids, and horses!!! :)
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Aimee said...

she has two horses and some cattle!


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karissa soetens said...

I love that she has a ton of animals too! We have two cats, and aquarium full of fish, and one dog but this was two just before my little one was born!
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Ashley said...

I find it lovely that she has three children like me and loves animals!

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Anonymous said...

lovely children! And she decided to CD before even having kids! How awesome is that?!
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sally zinger said...

"I think that you need to enjoy what you are making. There isn't an order that goes out the door that I haven't liked making," she says. i love this quote! i also love she had enough pluck to see what was ordered and thought 'hey, i could do this' Way to go WAHM!!! sjzinger@rogers.com

Atina said...

I love Megs! She makes the most beautiful stuff!! :-)
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~Stacy~ said...

I love when a WAHM is concerned about the cost of diapers and keeps that in mind. They make CDing a possiblity for so many more families!
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Carrie Phelps said...

Megs is a very energetic young woman to have three children under five, animals to care for, obstacle races to train for and a wife on top of it all!!
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Ashley said...

the loveliest thing anyone could say to a mommy is that her children are beautiful, especially when it's the truth!

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K. Camille Stevens said...

I think it's lovely that she sews everything herself, and that she takes such satisfaction out of creating each diaper! It's a rare thing these days to find someone who loves their work that much!

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Savvy Spending Mommas! said...

I love that she has a great company and that she does great giveaways on her FB page :)


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Mama Violet said...

Serging is very lovely and I'd love to spend some time doing that right about now. New baby is keeping me so busy though.

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Sam said...

I love that she loves what she does.

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Ryan, Corrie, Max, and Jack said...

I think it's lovely that she enjoys making all the diapers!

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Ashley said...

I am a follower of Megs on Facebook, and have been a lucky recipient of her cloth wipes. She does lovely work, and I love seeing her products! It is also wonderful to hear that she plans to continue on with the business even after her kids have grown out of diapers! Awesome work Megs!

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Cynthia24x7 said...

I love her children's names! very original and cute. and I love that even with how busy she is she is able to find time for her family. c.hort(at)cox.net

greatdeals2010 said...

I think it's great that she has 3 children under the age of 5 and has time to make diapers... amazing! I have one child and can barely find the time to shower~ :o)
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~*~Taya~*~ said...

Her kids are adorable! Its so cool she sews everything too!
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Crystal- Jumpn Jax Boutique said...

I adore how she just started on one starter pack of diapers... and went from there! What an inspiration for all us WAHM's out here!

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Hillary said...

Kudos to her and her hubby for saving up and not just spending every dollar they had when they first started CD'ing!! Love that she has cows!! And her kids are so beautiful..

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Dede Reneh said...

I love how much her love of making cloth diapers shows! It's wonderful to be passionate about your work!!

<3 Dede
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Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

I love how she's a "I can do that!" kind of person, I'm totally the same way. (which is not so awesome right now, as I have to clean out my fabric stash, instead of making things!)

Lara + Chris said...

Love those gorgeous kiddos! What a beautiful family!

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katiepalladino said...

i LOVE that she if from Nebraska... born and raised myself, although I now live a state over in Iowa. GO HUSKERS! :)

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Christine said...

I love her youngest daughter's name, Sloane!
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Carrie said...

I love that as a mom of three, she is still able to accomplish what she wants to and is very successful!
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beaglenutty said...

That she loves anomals!! And that they have so many:)
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Christie said...

I love the number of animals they have!!

I also find it very heartwarming that her husband supports her business by helping sew or press on snaps from time to time.

christiedickson@gmail.com

Reyka said...

It's so neat that she's working on something that will send proceeds to Wounded Warriors. I love her passion for her family.

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LoveLivesHere said...

I love how she balances family and work so well :)

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Nicolette May Capuano said...

I love that Megs refers to Cow Patties as " a labor of love". She sounds lovely :)

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Discordia said...

I love that her husband helps out!

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beth said...

I love that she saw something, thought she could make it, and she DID! I doubt I would ever have it in me to follow through on something like that
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jamiebartley said...

I like that she seen how they were made and said I can do that and jumped right in. Here kids are adorable.

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claudilia said...

The name of her business sounds lovely! lol I think its great that she wants to continue to grow her business once her kiddos are in school.
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morenodaisy said...

love that she is a hard working mom and love doing what she does !!

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Elizabeth said...

She has beautiful kids!!!

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The Clothspring said...

I love her kids names, and how crafty she is. I wish I could make diapers!

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Andrea G. said...

I have to say, after reading this, I understand now why her diapers are called Cow Patties lol.

Good luck Megs during your training!

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kde423 said...

I love that she is hoping to get back to reading! So am I..

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pstorme said...

love the name!!!
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Katie said...

I love that her husband works the snap press, what a guy! :)

Katie
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hookskeinandblanky said...

I love how she can manage a family and business so well! You go girl!

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Jenna said...

What isn't lovely about Megs? She can sew(I can't) and she gets to spend all kinds of time with her kids (I work at least 40hrs a week at a job 45min from home)

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Kim McIntosh said...

i love that megs has found a way to spend the most time with her kids while still bringing in the income she needs/continuing her own career
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SarahKCA said...

I also like to work alone when I make crafts but love it when my husband can help. mysistersarahcrafts@gmail.com

Rachel D. said...

I love that she lives in a small town in Nebraska! (I grew up in a small town in Nebraska!!!)

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dailymom said...

Wow sustaining a business, and taking care of the animals as well!
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Colleen M said...

I so admire her initiative! Sounds like it is truly a family business! Love cloth diapering!

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Anonymous said...

Beautiful kids, and beautiful names!!!! And horses!!!!! How lucky!!!!! Much love!
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Anonymous said...

Her diapers are so cute!,

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catamo said...

it is great that Megs has created a nice little cottage industry that can grow with the support of her husband and family

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Jaimie said...

I love the comment, "Hey, I ca do that!". Way to go Megs!
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mrsweiss said...

i love that she gets to play with fluff all the time!!! im so jelous lol
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Lorni said...

I love that she has horses! so lovely

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Sam said...

Its so sweet that shes doing Tough Mudder on top of all the other things she does! WOW!
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Becky said...

I love all the animals :)
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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

i love that you live in a small farming town! i get to visit grandparents still in small towns like that. my hubs and i talk some day of getting land and having a small hobby farm like meg, too. that would be so fun. she sure sounds like a go-getter!
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Anonymous said...

I love that she has horses (they are my favorite) and her hubby and her work as a team!

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Meagan said...

She is so creative :) I wish I was!!

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Selmada said...

I love that they saved and saved and started small. So many people think cloth is all or nothing and give up because of the initial startup costs.

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SondraMama said...

super busy mama!!!! i'm totally jealous that she has horses!! and then she finds time to train for the Tough Mudder. Megs is powerful!

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Megan said...

I love that she got her cloth diapers and thought, "I can do this!" ichigooverflow at gmail dot com

AEK said...

love that she is training for a long distance obstacle course. Awesome!
Thanks!
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Anonymous said...

I love that she has a business. I hope to have my own someday :)

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Lilly and Tabytha Herin said...

I think that it is adorable that she is training to be an obstacle racer! That sounds like FUN!

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Winterose said...

I love that she loves what she does, but also loves doing other endeavors to help the community. The race for soldiers is one that is close to my heart! Thank you!!

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Ashley said...

I love that she has horses!! I use to have horses myself!!!

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Cassie Sublett said...

I love that she likes whats shes doing. It makes each order special


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Manager to Mom said...

Cow Patties Cloth is the best name ever - love it! :)

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Amber said...

I love that she truly enjoys what she does! If I made diapers, I'd love my job too. :) ambrosia1012@yahoo.com

jen said...

you have cute kids

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jdm2551 said...

I think its great that her and her husband agreed on cloth diapers! I have been CD'ing for 4 months now and for some reason, I can't get my hubby to realize how we(and our baby) are benefiting. EEEK!
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Christy said...

I love that she started the company from nothing and I also love that her hubby often helps with making the diapers. The image of my hubby trying something like that is so hilarious to me I can only imagine haha.

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Stacey said...

The fact that her husband gets involved is amazing
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Amber said...

I love that she is sewing all these cloth diapers!

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emptyspeculation said...

she makes amazing diapers, does all she does (including some farming) and still trains for an obstacle course..

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boyzrule said...

she sounds like a superwoman to me
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Mike said...

her husband sews...sew cool!
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