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Texas Entrepreneur Uses Her Dad’s Inspiration to Stitch Together a Distinctive Business

BY // 04.05.17

Skyler Baty may have started her Dallas-based monograming business, SB Monograms, less than a year ago, but the 30-year-old is already filling countless orders for initialed pajama sets, cocktail napkins, jewelry rolls, and tea towels.

“I just got an order to add a bride’s initials to the garter for her upcoming wedding,” Baty says. “The garter has been worn by each one of her friends on their special day.”

Originally, Baty had planned to attend Ole Miss, but that changed after her father was diagnosed with cancer. She rerouted, enrolling at Baylor University, so that she could stay near family in her hometown of Waco. Upon graduating, she moved to Dallas, where she met her future husband, Robbie Baty, at a Calyx Club and Slipper Club happy hour.

Last spring, with her father’s health worsening, Baty headed back to Waco. While there, she signed up for a lesson at Bernina, a sewing and quilt store. Realizing she had a knack for stitching, she spun the hobby into a business.

“The day after my father died,” she says, “I got a call from Bernina, letting me know that my machine was ready for pick up.” Unbeknownst to her, Baty’s father had ordered the sewing machine several weeks prior, trusting she had a true talent but needed a little something to help get her off the ground.

“It’s so special,” she says. “I think about him every time I’m working on the machine.”

Baty now gives back to cancer research: For every monogram order placed, she puts away a dollar for the Cancer Research Institute.

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