Mom-Made Kids Tees & Hoodies: An Interview With Planet Pudge

Jeanne Sager

Meet Holly Sheldon of Planet Pudge, a crafty mom from Glen Echo, Maryland who makes and sells kids tees and hoodies.

We've got a serious Etsy habit going on here at The Stir, but while we're drooling, moms like Holly  are finding time to make some seriously cute crafts. We track down one mom every week to give you a look at what it means to buy Mom-Made.

Tell us the story behind Planet Pudge:
Planet Pudge is the result of an over-caffeinated, under-creatively stimulated mom in search of fun, modern clothes for her two little girls. Due to my fondness for unique tiny togs and an even greater fondness for anything involving needles (needlepoint, knitting, embroidery, etc) thanks to my Grandma (nicknamed Pudge), I started fanatically drawing, cutting, obsessing over fabrics and hand-stitching everything -- much to the dismay of her calloused middle finger. Many baby shower gifts and "where did you get that's" later, Planet Pudge was born -- a bouncing baby (and kid) brand that offers a wide array of colorful American Apparel tees, tanks and hoodies with adorable appliques galore. I want every Planet Pudge creation to be one-of-a-kind, just like the mommy-worshiping, caterpillar-smooshing, homework-defying little superhero who's going to wear it.

How many children do you have?

2 daughters -- Willo, 7 years old, and Noey, 5 years old

Holly Sheldon and daughters Willo and Noey.

Photo by Holly Sheldon

How much time do you spend crafting every week?
It would scare me to keep track of the many hours I cut, photograph, sew and print labels each week, but let's just go with around 30 hours on a tons-of-orders week! Can be significantly less depending on order influx or not so much.

How do you make the time to craft while being a parent?
During school and after bedtime are my designated creating hours. It's nice to have something to do with my hands while watching  my favorite TV shows -- Modern Family, Project Runway. The vacuuming and laundry have suffered a little from my fanatical sewing, but somehow everything gets done.

Do you have your own craft room or do you share space with your kids?

My crafting room is also the guest room, so my friends get to wake up to a fabric tornado when they stay here.

What are your favorite craft blogs and/or shops?

poppytalk handmade
Etsy (of course) and multiple amazing shops on there


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