Many months ago I came across some examples of Japanese Felt Food and was quite amazed. So amazed I decided I could make my own. This resulted in buying some felt getting a pattern and attempting a sandwich. My tomato slice wasn’t too bad, but my lettuce was deformed and I decided it was not quite so easy after all.
I really like felt food. It is a fantastic alternative to plastic food toys for the kids, so much nicer to give them a lovely handmade set of felt food to encourage imaginative play than some plastic junk for the shop.
Sam McLean is one of those clever people out there who can make felt food, and she has some fantastic items in her Etsy shop, in fact checking them out did make me every hungry.
Here is my five minutes with Sam:
What inspired you to start your business?
I have always sewn and created, mostly for myself and my girls, and I began with some ladies clothes in the shop. Then last Christmas I made some felt food toys for my nieces and they loved them. I made some for my Etsy shop and they have been so successful that the clothes got moved to a second Etsy shop, Retrology.
What was your first sale?
I sold a ladies Blue Willow pattern skirt last January (the fabric was from a tablecloth).
What is your biggest seller?
I have a few items that sell well. Coming up to Christmas the jar of felt strawberries has been very popular, along with the jar of berries with the pot of cream. The meal sets (taco, burrito, fish dinner etc) also sell well.
What item couldn’t you live without?
That has to be my little old faithful Janome sewing machine. I use it every day and it’s never let me down. This new year I will be treating it to a service!
What is on your christmas wish list this year?
Hmm, I seem to be well set up, but we just bought a 1960’s teak frame lounge suite on Ebay that needs re-covering. That will be a nice Christmas / birthday / New Years gift for me! I also revamped my studio this year, so I guess you could say that Santa came early to me. Just to have a relaxing Christmas day with our families and remembering what Christmas is really about is my wish.
SAM MCLEAN DESIGNS
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