I’m already thinking of Christmas. I don’t really want to, because it is July and 90 degrees, and it is disorienting to imagine snow and cold. Last year I didn’t think of Christmas until September and it was too late. All of sudden the weather turned crisp and tons of ideas for Christmas projects tumbled in my mind along with Halloween ideas and I ran out of time. I wanted to have my shop stocked with patterns and gifts for the holidays, but it didn’t happen.
So… this year I’m starting early. I can’t force myself to create anything red or green or too Christmasy yet, but I’m making toys. They are very inexpensive felt softies that are addictive to make and hard to pry out of children’s hands.
This is how my design process worked:
1. Create an incredibly easy to make, really fun toy. No sewing machine needed, no experience required.
2. Limit the materials needed to a minimum. Make the pattern inexpensive, too!
3. Make it interesting, with removable parts, lots of accessories.
4. Give it a story and keep adding lots of playsets.
The first pattern set is Kasi the Elephant:
Kasi the elephant is available as a digital download for only $2.99 in my shop
Her pattern includes Kasi, Blanket, Bale of Hay, Watermelon and Food Basket.
Matilda, her friend, is the next pattern I’m working on. She should be available with accessories this week, maybe (hopefully) tomorrow.