Handmade by Tonya

Welcome to my website. I hope you will find something you will love for yourself, a friend, or a family member. I have been sewing for about 40 years. I also enjoy many other crafts including drawing, painting, sculpture, woodworking, and baking. I am very creative and can make just about anything. I use commercial patterns as well as patterns I make from my own ideas or those of my customers.

Now a little about myself. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was about 8 years old. Like most in her time, she sewed my hand using needle and thread. Some of my first creations were hand embroidered pieces. I enjoyed that because it was an extension of drawing, which I fell in love with around age 11 or 12. I learned that I had a natural knack to duplicate most anything that I saw. I soon afterward began to explore with painting, sculpture and woodworking. As a teenager, I started baking breads, cookies, pies, cupcakes and 3D cakes. I truely love creating beautiful, useful stuff. I take much pride in the final outcome, so throughout the entire process I am very careful and meticulous about every detail.

I am a single mother of two sons and a daughter. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University. I have taught in public schools and homeschooling. I also do private tutoring for reading, math, and writing. I am currently pursuing a second Bachelor of Science degree in Design, Housing and Merchandising focusing on Apparel Design and Production from Oklahoma State University.

I started Handmade by Tonya in 2004, as a word-of-mouth, if somebody needed sewing done they would ask me, accident really. After a few years, I decided to get online with a website and still had the word-of-mouth type of clients. I mainly sold quilts. Lots of photo quilts! It didn't occur to me to take pictures of the stuff I was making until around 2007. That is when I started my online business, handmade-by-tonya.com. I still made quilts, but added baby and children's clothing, soft sculpture dolls, doll clothing and accessories, and my children's book, HIDE AND SEEK, which I had gotten a copyright for in 2007. Soon afterward, I expanded to include clothing for teens and adults. In 2014, I was awards the Best of Cushing award for best baby clothing store, having only an online presence. I have always worked out of my home and done virtually no advertising. Now I have expanded yet again, to include artwork, woodworking projects, formal clothing, as well as, baked goods. I welcome and enjoy custom orders. So if you would like a custom made item, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I have condensed all of my online sites to my etsy store. Please visit my shop and place an order.


I look forward to making something for you.