words Holly Banks
photography Alicia Thomas & Brooke Scheurn
Late last year, Gilbert residents Mattisyn and Wyley Brown wrapped their brand new baby girl in a teal and floral Cozys swaddle blanket. But before the birth of their first child came the birth of the family-owned and operated business, Cozys. After years of struggling with infertility, the Browns needed additional income to fund the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments necessary to become pregnant.
Mattisyn recalls, “When my husband and I found out we would have to go through the IVF process to start our family, I thought to myself, why is this happening to us? Am I ever going to be a mom? How are we going to afford this? We did our first embryo transfer in August of 2015. We implanted two out of the three embryos, and I did not get pregnant. We were heartbroken. We only had one embryo left and were going to have to pay more money to start again. I had to do something else to supplement our income to get our baby here. I wanted to be a mom more than anything, and this was my motivation to start selling and sewing blankets.”
The luxurious jersey knit blankets ranging in sizes from newborns to adults are inspired by a Brown family tradition. Mattisyn says, “My mother-in-law has been making these blankets for years and years. Everyone in the family has one. I knew people would love them. Who doesn’t love a good blanket, right?”
Using her mother-in-law’s blankets as inspiration, Mattisyn put her sewing skills to use and started making blankets to sell. She says, “My mom put me in sewing lessons every summer ever since I was little. I hated it—I wanted to be playing with my friends. I am so glad she did because I wouldn’t be where I’m at if she hadn’t.”
After selling out of her inventory within one day at a local boutique, Mattisyn knew she had a product to build a business around.
Cozys now has multiple seamstresses to produce the handmade blankets, but in the beginning, Mattisyn sewed each one herself. “I would work a 10 hour day as a dental assistant
and then come home and sew until midnight every night,” she says, “my emotions were all over the place.” Despite the struggles to keep up with the rapidly growing demand for more and more inventory, Mattisyn pushed through with the dream that one day she would make a blanket for her very own baby.
It’s that strong desire to be a mother that continues to propel the business forward today; Mattisyn realizes, “Even though we have our miracle baby, we will have to do the whole IVF process over again to have more children. Every Cozy product purchased goes towards growing our family, and that makes every stressful moment and late night more than worth it.”
For now, Mattisyn says she has traded in her late nights pinning and sewing blankets for diaper changes and feedings. “I never thought Cozys would be as big as it is today,” she says, “I am so happy and so grateful.”