CRAFTY eight-year-old entrepreneur Ruby has found a stockist to help step up her scrunchie fundraiser venture.
The budding philanthropist has teamed up with The Workshop Cafe owner Meg Zerafa, who buys Ruby's handmade scrunchies at wholesale price, and money raised is donated to The Royal Children's Hospital.
Ruby said it made her happy to see her So Scrunchie hair ties have a special spot in the cafe alongside other regional produce.
This is Ruby's second scrunchie-making season. She started learning how to sew about 12 months ago after watching her mum Sharon Harrison piece together face masks for the family.
Ruby channelled her lockdown energies into sewing scrunchies, with a little help from her mum Sharon on the tricky bits, and raised about $250 from a pop-up stall in her driveway.
All money raised went to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.
Ruby got a sewing machine for her birthday and decided to make more scrunchies to make a difference. This time she chose to give $2 from every scrunchie sold to The Royal Children's because the hospital helps her cousin, who has a rare kidney disorder.
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Ms Zerafa, a fellow sewer, was happy to help find Ruby a place to sell her wares.
Ruby uses money from sales to purchase new materials, some plain and some patterned, in prints she likes that she hopes appeals to adults and children.
Already thinking ahead, Ruby is preparing her next sewing move into matching doggie bandanas that slide on to collars. Her dog Buster has started practising modelling for the business.
So Scrunchie by Ruby is $5 from The Workshop Cafe.
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