About Us

Welcome! We’re glad you are here. 

I’m Kristen, and I own and run Brindille & Twig with my husband, John since January 2024. We have two children and live in Atlanta. We used to live in New York and L.A., where I worked with journalists making documentary television, building online communities, and podcasts. John worked in 3D printing, small-scale manufacturing, and built Kickstarter’s design and tech outreach team.

We love what happens when people make things together.

We work on clothes that let kids feel like themselves. In our house, when the kids feel comfortable and excited about what they are wearing, every day is a little brighter. Our kids use clothes to express who they are, and we think the kids you love might too.

Brindille & Twig was founded in 2010 by Melissa Hendrickson, who realized her apparel technologies degree – becoming proficient in pattern making, garment construction, fitting, and finishing – had prepared her to create an entire wardrobe for her first child. Soon, she had published dozens of pdf patterns, and now sewists around the world call Brindille & Twig patterns their favorites – these are the patterns they make again and again. With our strong cohort of sewists in the Brindille & Twig Sew and Tell group, each pattern and tutorial has been tested and discussed, and the group just keeps growing! Melissa lives in Colorado with her family and is completing coursework in industrial design. 

Jump in with our free patterns for bummies, leggings, a hoodie, a sweatshirt, and a ringer tee

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“I’ve never sewn anything besides pillows…[but] the directions are so easy to follow
with such clear illustrations that I can make them myself.”
~ Anna Wrecksya, DIY Mom
“Love all of the Brindille & Twig patterns! So easy to follow and sizing is so accurate!”
~ Skylar Norris, DIY Mom
“I love me some Brindille & Twig…Great pattern with great results.
I just finished whipping one up, and it was so quick. I’m about to make my twins some too!”
~ Blair Valley, DIY Mom
"Great pattern! It will definitely be a staple in little man’s wardrobe!”
~ Kailah Stone, DIY Mom