A Passion For Sewing…
the history behind Clairmont Custom Draperies & Décor

Since Donna was tall enough to sit behind a sewing machine, she has been hooked on sewing. Her mother was her inspiration, sharing all types of crafts with her—from knitting and crocheting to ceramics and painting. None of them, however, brought her the same joy as sewing—turning sheets of fabric into functional and decorative creations.

Despite loving to sew, Donna did not pursue sewing for a career until the mid-2000s. That’s when she and her daughter, Stephanie, started doing holiday craft fairs with ornaments and gifts. They named their mother-daughter business, “I Tole—You Sew” to reflect the talents each brought to their projects.

After gaining exposure at the shows and being asked frequently if she could make this or make that—with multiple requests for draperies and home décor—Clairmont Custom Draperies was born.

Although Donna and Stephanie still do the occasional craft fair together, the custom drapery and décor business has kept Donna so busy that she retired from a career in banking in 2006 to consult with clients and designers and to sew full time.

In addition to sewing, Donna expanded the business to include hardware, blinds, and other product lines related to her creations.

She particularly enjoys in-home consultations with clients so she can see where her creations will go and to ensure that her ideas reflect their style and unique taste.

Val Little (left) giving Donna the award

Donna and her family moved to the Comox Valley in 1997.

Donna Clairmont also gives back to the community. She served two terms as president of the Comox Valley Small Business Association (2012-2013, 2013-2014), following a year as vice president. She simultaneously served as the Community Events Coordinator for three years.

In 2012, the organization awarded Donna the Member’s Choice Award—an award chosen by the members to acknowledge a member’s “above-and-beyond” service to the group.

In 2011, she was the recipient of the Lawrence Belfrage Memorial Award by the HBBA to acknowledge her contribution to the association and her “contagious smile.”