Monday, December 12, 2016

Loads of Adorableness - Stuffed Animals and Raggedy Dolls

Welcome Diana! Thanks so much for being my guest today. I love your fun and whimsical creations and am so pleased to showcase your work here on my blog. Please introduce yourself and then we'll get into your interview.

Thanks for having me, Lynda. 

Hi I'm Diana! I started Sew Cute Patterns in 2008 after spending years creating plush toys for my own sons. Based in Chicago, I created a sewing studio out of one of the bedrooms in my home and it’s my get away when creativity strikes. It’s a total mess of fabric, stuffing, plastic eyes, yarn, fur, glue guns and sewing machines but I love it! 

I have a Bachelor's degree in accounting from Loyola University of Chicago. My business side and my creativity side came together to create Sew Cute. 

Can you describe your target audience?

My target audience is anyone that loves to sew for kids. Children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, they are the focus of Sew Cute Patterns. The stuffed animals and raggedy dolls are made for the young or young at heart. I’ll admit, even as an adult, I still love stuffed animals!

How has technology, such as computers and the internet impacted on how you conduct business? 

The internet has given businesses of all sizes the ability to interact with people from across the globe and expand to an unlimited customer based. It is so exciting to connect with someone on the other side of the globe in a country I’ve never even heard of as if they’re in the same town.

How did you get started in this business? 
I began making stuffed animals for my own children when they were younger, staring with a teddy bear I made for my son Alex when he was three years old. He cherished that bear and there was a lot of drama when it got lost! As they grew older, they outgrew their toys but I never outgrew the joy of designing and making them. That’s when a hobby turned into a business.

Why are you in this type of business? 

Very simply, because it’s fun! Toys have the ability to bring a smile to people regardless of age.   Especially if it’s a toy someone made themselves. I enjoy the process of designing the plushies the most. I love starting with a chalkboard drawing and then making it 3D. Sometimes it’s a lot of trial and error with mountains of fabric that didn’t quite look the way I had hoped.

Do you think people should continue to make things by hand? 

Absolutely. There is something amazing that happens when you give a gift that you’ve made yourself. Gift-giving becomes a gift in and of itself. There are few greater joys in life than knowing that someone would take the time to create a gift that is made only for you.

When do you feel the most creative?

I’ve always been a night owl. For whatever reason, I start to get motivated and creative when the rest of the world is winding down. I usually start a project in the evening and keep going till I’m either finished or finally get tired enough to go to sleep!

What are your can’t live without craft room essentials? 
As a seamstress, the sewing machine is definitely on top of the list. Fabric and stuffing is next on the list. I’m like a kid on Christmas morning when it’s time to go fabric shopping. I mostly work with fleece fabric because it’s softness makes it perfect for plush toys and it’s available in so many colors and patterns. Makes it so much fun to shop for. I purchase my stuffing in a 25 pound bulk size so the bag of stuffing is as tall as I am when it first arrives!


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  1. This was a very nice post. The stuffed animals and dolls are so bright and cheerful.

    1. Thank you so much! That is so nice to hear!!

  2. What a lovely blog. I will definitely be back. Please maintain writing!