The Jessalli Story

Sophia and Mum at duck pond

Hi, I’m Sophia- and this is me aged 3 with my Mum. I had an amazing childhood, growing up in Dorset with a large extended family. My days were spent feeding animals, playing with my cousins and frolicking in the mud with my little red wellies on! And when I wasn’t outside, I’d play in my little yellow bedroom surrounded by acrobatic clowns on the wall and colourful duplo on the floor.

My mum has sewn all my life. She made the costumes for my ballet class performances and school plays. She always stitched me little outfits to wear on special occasions. And the hum of a sewing machine is still a special nostalgic sound to me. As I got older she started to teach me! Simple hand sewing onto felt and cross stitched bookmarks. I remember when we went on holiday she’d always buy me a little cross stitch kit to do, to keep me occupied on lazy days in the sun- no idea where they all are now!

Mum and Dad used to foster children under 2 and did part time child minding as well as looking after me, my sister and then my little brother too. My life has always been surrounded by kids. I could bottle feed a baby and change a nappy by the time my sister came aged 7! Mum always made the adopted babies a little scrapbook of their life with us, with pretty ribbons and patterns around cute photographs and pictures of their first laughs or first words. She’d also make cute pinafores or booties for them to wear. Everything was always a ‘keepsake’, something that had love and care put into it, to be treasured forever. And these things were all foundations to me starting Jessalli.

Jessalli Handmade is a Personalised Gifts company situated in the heart of my beautiful home county of Dorset. I like to look at Dorset through Rainbow coloured glasses. Making beautiful scenes, landscapes and animals into bright, fun motifs, perfect for kids to be inspired by. Personalised Children’s items are fabulous mementos of when they were young. Having a bright, colourful cushion with your name on shouldn’t be just for when they are little – they can take it to uni with them too. Handmade items will last forever!

sophia childhood

Most Jessalli products are completely made to order, and as they’re all handmade no two are the same! So if you have a special commission in mind or a unique gift idea, do not hesitate to get in contact with me. 


With my creative upbringing, I have a huge passion for teaching much needed basic sewing skills to children and adults alike whilst having huge amounts of crafty fun! Which is why I started Jessalli workshops. After a few years of private tuition and teaching at handmade events around the south, we’ve now expanded into our Sew Jessalli Sewing School. Come visit us at our amazing, creative space in Blandford Forum. Please see our workshop page for details on our weekly clubs and workshops.

We are expanding our business into many more outreaches and fields. If you are interested in working with us, do get in touch. I hope you enjoy browsing our site and I hope you find the perfect Jessalli-ware for you. Whether it be a personalised heart or a free-motion workshop!

Love Sophia x

Proud owner of Jessalli Handmade & Sew Jessalli