What art to wear

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the next installment in a series of articles highlighting local artists who create wearable art. These Fashion Friday features will be published each month on First Friday.)

Miranda Sarbaugh is a 30-year-old former hair stylist from Jersey Shore.

She left her job as a stylist when her first child was born and began to make accessories with yarn.

Her accessories and pieces are crocheted works of wearable art.

Tara D. McKinney: How did you learn your craft?

Miranda Sarbaugh: I taught myself to crochet by watching YouTube videos and lots of practice. I learned to make fabric flowers and bows from books and online tutorials.

TDM: Where do you find materials?

MS: I buy most of my supplies online. They’re not expensive.

TDM: Can you describe the process of designing a new piece?

MS: When I make something I make sure it is comfortable, affordable and something I imagine a kid would like to wear.

TDM: From where to you find inspiration to create?

MS: I find inspiration everywhere! I love retro greeting cards and vintage children’s books. I love the colors and illustrations I find in them. I also draw a lot of inspirations from my daughter and the things she likes.

TDM: Can you give me a price range and description for your pieces from least to most expensive?

MS: My work is sold anywhere from $1 to $25. My handmade bows and clips start at $1 and go up to $6. Headbands are priced from $3to $8. Hats sell for $12 to $25.

My most expensive items are my crochet character hats such as a sock monkey, owl, or bear hats, to name just a few.

My line of handmade children’s clothing and aprons go for $18 to $25.

TDM: Do you incorporate style trends as they come or stick to your own style ideals?

MS: I do choose trends to a certain extent, but I try to make everything wearable and somewhat simple – more classic than anything else.

TDM: Can you describe a piece that embodies your signature style?

MS: I love to make headbands with lots of bright colors, lace flowers and a little bit of glitter and marabou fluff.

TDM: How do you push yourself creatively?

MS: I try to push myself to make new things and try not to get stuck in the same design rut. I really like to challenge myself by learning new sewing techniques.

TDM: Do you have any sales or new designs you would like people to be aware of?

MS: In honor of my daughter who has Down syndrome, I am donating 21 percent of every sale to Reece’s Rainbow. Reece’s Rainbow is an adoption agency that helps find homes for special needs children in other countries. My newest creation is a clip-in hair extension.

Right now I have some made in hot pink, but will be working on more colors soon.

This allows girls to try a fun color without having to dye their hair permanently.

The clips are made from 100 percent human hair and can be styled with a curling iron or flat iron just like your own hair.

TDM: What do you enjoy most about living and working in the Williamsport area?

MS: I love the atmosphere of downtown, especially on First Friday.

I love being a vendor and seeing all the art downtown and all the people enjoying it.

Her designs can be found at and on Facebook search for Sweet and Simple Boutique. To contact Sarbaugh, email her at

McKinney may be reached at

To submit an artist for consideration, email jreppert@sun or call 326-1551, ext. 3109.