Entrepreneur Creates Perfect Blanket For Cold Feet

By Julia Sayers
Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) In just four months, “PediPockets” has sold its special “foot pocket” blankets in all 50 states. The “PediPocket” even made an appearance on “Good Morning America”in January.

Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

The constant annoyance of having cold feet and a blanket that wasn’t quite long enough led this Vestavia Hills family to create a business to solve their problem.

PediPocket blankets feature a special foot “pocket” that you can tuck your feet into and never have to worry about tugging the blanket down over them. We chatted with creator Katherin Miller about what inspired her to start her own business.

Birmingham magazine: Tell me a little bit about your background.

Katherin Miller: I grew up in the retail industry. I have held every position from cashier to vice president. Most recently, I was a vice president for a nationally-recognized beauty retailer. I covered 17 states and $800 million in revenue.

BM: How did you come up with the idea for Pedi-Pocket?

KM: In my role as a vice president, I traveled Tuesday through Friday every week, and on one weekend after a long week of travel, I was having my usual struggle with my throw blanket. I could tuck my toes, but could not snuggle and cover my chest–everyone in my family had a similar issue. I thought there had to be a better option, and in my search, I uncovered a gap in the industry.

BM: How did you make your dream a reality?

KM: I began working on PediPocket with no formal sewing experience, using a machine that my mother had given to me the Christmas prior. I had not sewn since my mother taught me in the ’80s on my Sew Easy kiddie machine. As you can imagine, there were multiple mishaps. After five or six attempts, I was onto something. I made one for both of my boys, my husband, and myself. We all loved them so much, we decided to give them as gifts for our friends and family at Christmas.

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