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Work At Home: Turn hobbies into careers

The success of selling high-quality fabrics at a low cost online has led to thousands of orders worldwide and an expansion into a 25,000-square-foot warehouse. (Source: WOIO) The success of selling high-quality fabrics at a low cost online has led to thousands of orders worldwide and an expansion into a 25,000-square-foot warehouse. (Source: WOIO)
(WOIO) - A lot of you ask me about legitimate work at home opportunities. There aren't many. But one woman turned her hobby into an at-home business, which grew nearly 4,000 percent in just four years.

For people who love sewing, finding a store with the fabric you need can be difficult, especially if it's not that popular.

"When my daughter was born, I decided I wanted to teach myself how to sew, so I did," said Heather Peterson, who was fed up with the lack of options in knitwear for children. "I just was a little frustrated with the lack of kind of cute, vintage style that I would put on my child, so I just decided to start making it."

She then launched GirlCharlee.com, an online hub for kid's clothes. The website was initially a side gig for Peterson, but with Girl Charlee's rising popularity, she soon discovered how to use fabric to finance her future.

"My love of fabric was kind of born at that point and that became more of a focus for me than the actual making of the garments. So when my stash became bigger than my need, I thought, 'Hmmm, maybe I should start selling this stuff,'" she said.

That's when Girl Charlee Fabrics was born, and Peterson moved into selling high-quality fabrics at a low cost on her website. She now receives thousands of orders worldwide each month and her success has helped her grow into a new, 25,000-square-foot warehouse in California.

The Girl Charlee fabric line is both knitted and printed in the United States.

"Having two small children, it's been challenging to kind of balance the growth of Girl Charlee, as well as being there for my family, but they've all been incredibly supportive," she said. 

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