About

Country Stitched Inc. uses handmade production techniques to manufacture high quality, luxurious minky products. Products are manufactured in small town Morris, Manitoba, Canada and shipped to customers around the world.
Country Stitched started as a small side-hustle business for Ashley Budge in 2014. After working a full-time corporate job in the city for years while juggling a 3-hour daily commute and life in the country as a young mother, she decided her work-life needed to change.
Ashley had picked up sewing as a hobby when her oldest son was born in 2009 and had grown to really enjoy it. She had set up a small second-hand sewing machine in a spare bedroom of her basement making blankets, scarves, coffee cozies, throw pillow covers and other small accessories. One day she stumbled upon the marketplace Etsy and was suprised to see such a unique platform for selling handmade items. She decided to master her sewing skills and began putting many hours into honing the craft. She opened her Etsy shop in October of 2014 and began the journey of Country Stitched.
She continued to run Country Stitched as a small side business for the next several years. In 2018 the business had grown to the point that she needed to make the decision to either go all in and give it 100% of her time or shut it down. After months of weighing her options, she knew in her heart she needed to follow her passion and in May of 2018, Country Stitched became her full time job.
After about a year of running the business full time, Ashley had completely run out of space in her home. She had taken over the entire basement with fabric, sewing machines, tables, shipping supplies and everything was spilling over into the rest of her home. Ashley began her search for a shop space outside of her home. Living in a very small, rural community, she didn't have high hopes of finding anything. She talked to a few of the locals and luckily found someone who was renting a 3,000 square foot shop and was looking to downsize with less than a month left on their lease. Ashley knew it was meant to be and quickly signed the lease, packed up her business and moved it into the Town of Morris in March of 2019.
During this time she was also in the process of looking to hire her first Seamstress. Demand had grown so much that Ashley needed to hire some help. Luckily she found a Seamstress who was willing to take a chance on her and she was hired in May of 2019.
Ashley hired a few more Seamstresses, a Shop Assistant and a Fabric Cutter during 2019 and the business continued to grow quickly. By the end of 2019 they had already outgrown the new shop. Ashley was again challenged to find a larger space to run her business in such a small community. Talking to the locals again, she learned of a large company that recently relocated to another community, leaving a very large warehouse & office space vacant. The space was HUGE - over 5 times the size of her current shop. After a couple of months evaluating the space and strategizing the future of the company, Ashley decided that it was once again meant to be and shared the exiting news with her team and her customers that Country Stitched was moving into this large facility. 
Moving out of the old shop  May 28, 2020 
At the end of May 2020, the Country Stitched team packed up their entire shop and moved it across town. The new larger shop opened up a lot of opportunities and Ashley's long-term vision of the company began to take shape.
Now in 2021, Country Stitched is a team of over 60 incredible, hard working, and dedicated women. The unwavering support of its customers has allowed Ashley to create unique employment opportunities in a small, rural community where most of her employees work from home. The Company continues to grow and focus on creating premium products its customers have come to know and trust.

"Thank you for joining us on this remarkable journey. I hope you'll stick around to see where it takes us next." - ❤️ Ashley

The Team
Ashley Budge - President & CEO
Colleen Schulz - Operations Manager
Melissa Wilson - Production Supervisor
Jai-lynn Bergen - Fabric Cutter
Amy Goebel - Fabric Cutter
Cheyenne Anderson - Fabric Cutter
Abigail Bartel - Fabric Cutter
Teagan Bartel - Fabric Cutter
Courtney Sinoway-Key - Fabric Cutter
Anna Guenther - Fabric Cutter
Heather Rempel - LIVE Show Host
Olivia Hiebert - LIVE Show Host
River Rempel - LIVE Show Assistant
Sophia Bartel - LIVE Show Assistant
Vidalia Bartel - Shipper
Kiersten Penner - Shipper
Wynn Leflar - Shipper
Mikayla Stokman - Shipper
Larissa Waldner - Shop Assistant
Nicole Kasatkin - Quality Assurance Lead
Harlee Giesbrecht - Seamstress Kit Coordinator
Annabelle Salfi - Seamstress Kit Coordinator
Christine Waldner - Seamstress
Judy Klassen - Seamstress
Regena Waldner - Seamstress
Kyla Salfi - Seamstress
Oksana Storck - Seamstress
Sjusen Storck - Seamstress
Alanna Friesen - Seamstress
Helen Neufeld - Seamstress
Donna Waldner - Seamstress
Betty Bartel - Seamstress
Katharina Peters - Seamstress
Anna Fehr - Seamstress
Debbie Hiebert - Seamstress
Melanie Peters - Seamstress
Melissa Ziegler - Seamstress
Adelle Hiebert - Seamstress
Yolanda Dyck - Seamtress
Selena Reid - Seamstress
Chasitee Hiebert - Seamstress
Theresa McAfee - Seamstress
Nettie Harder - Seamstress
Adeline Pierson - Seamstress
Susanna Kleinsasser - Seamstress
Lisa Heinrichs - Seamstress
Emily Friesen - Seamstress
Rachelle Hiebert - Seamstress
Debra Brown - Seamstress
Hulda Goertzen - Seamstress
Brenda Fehr - Seamstress
Crystal Penner - Seamstress
Leah Krahn - Seamstress
Ruth Klassen - Seamstress
Linda Thiessen - Seamstress
Elizabeth Wipf - Seamstress
Anna Loewen - Seamstress
Shari Wollman - Seamstress
Sherri Campbell - Seamstress
Marge Redekopp - Seamstress
Anne Thiessen - Seamstress