About Us

Carroway Cottage is a small family craft supplies business, based in the HIghlands of Scotland, specialising in fabrics, artificial flowers and haberdashery run by Marion Bell - director, packer, buyer, cutter, floor sweeper.... wife, Mum!

The Cottage

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In 2012, after working as a Primary Teacher for many years, and newly married, I decided on a change of lifestyle and began selling handmade items locally at craft fairs and markets. Carroway Cottage was born, named after our little cottage on the outskirts of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. In 2016 the business evolved to selling fabrics and trims from our spare room. Very quickly we teamed up with Zoe at Nylon Headbands U.K. and became their first stockist of 'Dainties'. Our product range started to increase and as well as selling for the sewing market we now also specialised in supplies for making hair bows and accessories.  

As time passed the business grew and grew and the spare room got smaller and smaller! We needed a plan!

The Move

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In 2017, we made the huge decision to move back to my roots in the Highlands of Scotland to be close to family. Although we sadly had to say goodbye to the bricks and mortar Carroway Cottage, the business and heart carried on.

Now in a dedicated room in the new house..... surely we would have plenty of space? Little did we know within a year and half we were jam packed again and looking for more space!

The Cabin

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In 2019, the cabin was born! With fingers over our eyes, a 500ft portacabin was craned over our home into our back garden and made pretty by our amazing local trades men. We could breath again and we have grown from strength to strength ever since! 

We are truly a family business with my Dad, Mike, joining to team and coming in weekly to cut felt, count hair clips, chop glitter and anything else we throw at him. 

2020 and Covid struck. My visions of DIY and catching up with jobs in the office during lockdown quickly disappeared as we became busier than we had ever been. The extra breathing room in the office became essential especially while trying to homeschool our daughter at a little desk in the corner at the same time as dispatching thousands of metres of elastic and fabric for facemasks!

The Future

Carroway Cottage has grown further over the last few years with the cabin holding us comfortably, so no moves on the cards anytime soon. (Phew)

Our range of Mulberry Paper Flowers has become renound and we are now one of the biggest stockists in the UK. The factory which we use make, without a doubt, the best paper flowers on the market and in 2023 we were given the full distribution rights in the UK. We are also only one of a handful who sell these in Europe. We hold stock of over half a million flowers and receive deliveries monthly. 

With a beautiful range of cottons, felt, ribbons, trims, mulberry paper flowers, hair clips and much much more there is something for everyone at Carroway Cottage. Any questions....be sure to get in touch, we are always here to answer any queries.