I’m excited to share with you today my first foray into creating a recorded interview. In my efforts to learn more about ways to make money from sewing softies I wanted to talk with an industry veteran. I figured there must be a lot I could learn from someone who started selling soft toy patterns decades ago and is still at it today.
Searching through McCall’s toy patterns from the 1990’s I noticed that many of them were designed by Carol’s Zoo.
Carol Cruise, the creator of Carol’s zoo patterns, agreed to chat with me about her soft toy pattern design business, how she got started, and how it’s developed over time.
Carol has an online shop where she not only sells her original patterns, she also sells kits that contain everything you’ll need to make each toy. In our conversation, she talks about how she sources faux fur, her experience at Quilt Market in the 1980’s, and meeting legendary doll maker Elinor Peace Bailey.
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-teaching through the American Sewing Guild
-and making toys from minky
I hope you enjoy my interview with Carol and I hope it will further our thinking about ways to turn softie sewing into a viable business.
I think I still have some of her patterns:)
Thanks Abby – I’m chuckling at the part about the prototypes – I’ve got a ton of those, too!
Minky: such a slippery fabric to work with – and that fuzz just gets EVERYWHERE!
How cool is it that McCalls tracked HER down?!!!
I am so with you gals on the quilting end, but opening her up into the quilting market is a great idea!
Hey Abby, this was great. If you do another in the future, could you let us know how long the interview is beforehand so that we can make sure we have the time for it? Thanks so very much!!!!!
Good point, Caren. This interview is about 30 min.
That was really interesting.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Such a great chat – she has such long and varied experience!
Catching up on old podcasts before school starts next week! This was a great interview – Carol seems very down to earth and wise – and she has a great sense of humor! Thanks for sharing this interview.
This was the very first podcast I ever recorded. I didn’t even have a podcast! I just did this via a regular phone line because I really wanted a chance to talk with Carol. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it, Laurie!
After listening to a few of your recent podcasts, I’m starting at the beginning. This is a great start!
Oh, thanks! I really didn’t even have a podcast when I recorded this episode, but I knew I wanted to talk to Carol and this was the best way. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
the embedded podcast player has disappeared! both firefox and chrome, how odd.
Thanks for catching this, AJ! I’ve fixed it. The player should be working now.
just came to say, back, bigger and better. thanks!