About Us

Welcome to Once Upon a Yard!

We want to welcome you to Once Upon a Yard and into our home!  I'm Melissa the leader behind OUAY, I handle all order processing, cutting, packing and shipping myself at the moment.  Our company is family owned and operated our of our home in Charlotte. My husband of 17 years, Phil, is the back seat driver that pops up to help with things like logistics and man power when we have to move all the fabric around!  We have 2 children, EB (16) and PJ (10) who help with pulling fabrics to be cut, putting shipping labels on, and generally keeping things moving.  We have 2 Frenchies (Cookie and Ollie) and 2 Kitties (Jelly Bean and Boris) who work tirelessly to make sure our goods are protected and we are alerted as soon as a new shipment arrives; although sadly they don't get to visit our fabric studio since the doors are always shut :) 

OUAY was founded in 2007 as Panda Tushies, as we originally made and sold cloth diapers.  During this time we constantly had people requesting the fabrics we used for diapers along with others.  As we put more and more time into providing high quality fabrics, we had less time to focus on sewing and selling cloth diapers, thus our company blossomed into a fabric store over the years and our name no longer fit us.  So in 2013 we changed our name to OUAY and a pure fabric shop was born. 

We now focus our attention on high quality designer fabrics, notions and vinyls.  We always try and carry the best brands in the business including Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman, Tula Pink, Free Spirit, Westminster, Amy Butler, and Camelot to name a few.  Almost all of our fabrics are great for sewing clothing, purses, bags, and embroidery work.  

In 2015 we added 2 awesome helpers to our staff, Megan and Kim.  Both help us manage our massive Facebook Group- Sew it Seams along with loading products and answering questions, while we're out cutting fabric.  

Megan is a stay at home mom to 10 (yes you did read that right) awesome and amazing kids.  She spends most of her days (when she's not wrestling kids) sewing and knitting and answering questions for us :)  Megan is also the amazing mind behind Bunnyfeet Boutique, specializing in all kinds of kids clothing, leather shoes, and so much more!

Kim is a stay at home to 2 awesome kiddos.  She enjoys spending her time listening to the latest and coolest audio books while she rocks out in her sewing studio.  Kim helps us answer questions and keep up with the website, especially when I'm just too inundated to work on the paperwork side of things.  Kim is also the awesome brain behind the Elated Owl- specializing in custom sewn cash wallets, EO bags and more.  

All together we make up the OUAY team- behind the scenes.  If you have any questions feel free to ask!  We're always happy to answer and help in any way we can.