At Mary Helen Studio, we specialize in teaching kids the art of sewing and fashion design. Our Cincinnati studio is an inviting place where kids of all ages can explore the world of design, fashion and sewing, and feel confident in what they are creating and who they are as a person. The studio team is lead by real life fashion designers who are passionate about sharing what they do everyday with our students. Our clothing line Mabel + Honey is designed and developed in the studio, and is sold in boutiques all over the United States. Not only do kids get to see and learn about the inner workings of design, fashion and sewing, but they get to create alongside designers! No other program can give them that much insight into the real world of fashion, sewing and design.

Meet our Team

Mary Helen ~ Founder, Creator, Designer

I started Mary Helen Studio fresh out of Design School at DAAP. When I was young, I always wanted a place to sew and create. There was nothing available for kids. So I created a place for kids to foster their creativity and learn about fashion, sewing + design from designers! I love working with kids and teaching them how to express their creativity. The best is seeing how proud they are when they create something on their own. I just became a new mom last year, which is super awesome! I have the sweetest, happiest little girl! She has already started sewing with me! I love crafts and all things color, bright and bold. I am obsessed with cleaning and reorganizing everything! My husband, daughter and I are moving soon and I am pumped to get in and start remodeling and designing the new house!

Your Happy Place: Being with my daughter and doing anything creative

Go-to Karaoke Song: STOP! ~ Spice Girls

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Black Raspberry Chip (Greaters)

Childhood hero: My MOM ~ the strongest person I know

Must have road trip snack: Grippos Pretzels + Almonds

What did you want to be when you were a kid: No surprise ~ Fashion Designer/Boutique Owner

Hidden Talent: I am a Golfer!

Mary Button ~ Designer, Event Programmer, Instructor

Mary is crafty, creative, and one of the most talented designers I know. When in doubt ask Mary! She can answer all of your questions, she is behind each email that is sent and teaches our awesome fashion sewing classes!

Your Happy Place: In my craft room ūüôā
Go-to Karaoke Song: Shake It Off ~ Taylor Swift
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Cookies and Cream
Childhood hero: My Parents
Must have road trip snack: Swedish Fish
What did you want to be when your were a kid: Martha Stewart
Hidden Talent:  I remember lots of random facts.

Maddie Tepe ~ Designer, Fashion Sewing Instructor

Maddie has great energy and a passion for high fashion! Along with being one of our amazing fashion instructors, Maddie has her own line of leather bags. Check her out on instagram at madlin_513

Your Happy Place: The dog park
Go-to Karaoke Song: Redneck Woman ~ Gretchen Wilson
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Black Raspberry Chip
Childhood hero: Amy Poehler
Must have road trip snack: Chex Mix
What did you want to be when your were a kid: Veterinarian
Hidden Talent:  Belly Flop Champion 2012 and 2013

Aimee Boeddeker ~ Fashion Sewing Design Instructor

Aimee is a sweet, kind, and thoughtful person. She enjoys teaching kids how to express themselves through learning. She has been a part of mh team since the very beginning. I am honored to call her my sister.

Your Happy Place: The Beach

Go-to Karaoke Song: STOP! ~ Spice Girls

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip

Childhood hero: My MOM ~ The most selfless person I know

Must have road trip snack: Gum and Baked Cheetos

What did you want to be when your were a kid: Teacher!

Hidden Talent:  I can touch my nose with my tongue!!

Lyndsey Welsh ~ Fashion Sewing Design Instructor

Lyndsey is one of those people you just want to be friends with! She is very artistic and crafty. She is full of amazing ideas and finds inspiration everywhere!

Your Happy Place: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Go-to Karaoke Song: Wagon Wheel ~ Old Crow Medicine Show

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Black Raspberry Chip (Graeters)

Childhood hero: The Latina singer Selena (Quintanilla-Perez)… I had a weird obsession. She was my first cassette purchase.

Must have road trip snack: Chips

What did you want to be when your were a kid: Astronomer

Hidden Talent:  I am very Artistic!

Kaitlin Hempel ~ Fashion Sewing Design Instructor

Kaitlin is so funny and full of energy! She loves Disney movies. Like really LOVES them! oh yes and cats! She has 4!

Your Happy Place: The Beach

Go-to Karaoke Song: Man! I Feel Like a Woman! ~ Shania Twain

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies and Cream

Childhood hero: Cinderella

Must have road trip snack: Coffee

What did you want to be when your were a kid: Veterinarian

Hidden Talent:  I can pick things up with my toes like they are my hands.

Hannah Braden ~ Fashion Sewing Design Instructor

Hannah is inspiring, high energy, and always there to help! She loves watching weird shows and quoting them any chance she gets!

Your Happy Place: My Bed (I love sleeping)

Go-to Karaoke Song: Blank Space ~ Taylor Swift

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate Extreme

Childhood hero: Mulan

Must have road trip snack: Funyuns

What did you want to be when your were a kid: Princess

Hidden Talent: I can sleep through literally anything