Mom Who Found Success In Crochet Dolls Say You Only Need P500 To Start A BusinessShe started making toys and clothes for her daughter before turning it into a small business.by Cielo Anne Calzado .
Having a hobby is not just a form of self-care while enjoying our free time, it can also inspire us to start a small business and earn a little extra on the side. That's how mom Geraldine Balunos started Playthread, a gift shop that sells handmade crochet dolls.
“I started crafting in 2013, when I was still single. I am self-taught and was inspired by the different crochet projects on Pinterest. Fast forward to 2018, I rekindled my love for crochet when my husband Jay asked me to crochet a sleeve for his power bank,” the mom of one shares with SmartParenting.com.ph.
Geraldine wasn’t a hundred percent into the idea of making dolls in the beginning because it can be time-consuming. “Feeling ko ang bagal gawin kasi mabusisi ang bawat stitch. When I got pregnant though, doon na ako naaliw,” relates Geraldine.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
“I made toys for my daughter, Katniss, and her monthly outfits. I was inspired to make a doll for her that will eventually serve as a keepsake to remind me of my pregnancy and her childhood days,” she adds.
After posting a doll she made for Katniss online, Geraldine received inquiries, prompting her to turn it into a source of income. “I want to share it with other moms because it’s special to have a piece that can serve as a companion to their little ones while growing up.
“Hindi lang sya basta doll, it’s about the feeling of having something they can carry and cuddle with their little hands,” she explains.CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
Managing a small handmade doll business
A stay-at-home mom, Geraldine runs Playthread alone — from conceptualizing the designs and turning them into dolls, to taking photographs of the items and promoting each on social media. She’s able to accomplish all these and more with the unwavering support of her husband.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
“The key to my success and small wins is my husband. It helps to have someone who inspires me and helps in so many ways. He does the cooking most of the time while I attend to inquiries from customers and work on the dolls,” shares Geraldine.
Crocheting dolls can be challenging but since the mom of one loves her craft, she delights in improving her skills with each doll she makes.
“Every doll I make is unique. Iba’t-iba ‘yung outcome, iba-ibang colors. One doll can take up to 3,000 stitches or more. I take inspiration from Scandinavian design. I want it easy on the eyes and neat na when a kid carries it, it’s simple but classy,” she says.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Despite the time required to finish the dolls, Geraldine makes sure she still spends time with Katniss, whether it’s by playing or singing with her. “She’s already 2 years and 5 months old but I am still exclusively breastfeeding her. Multitasker ako. I crochet and breastfeed at the same time,” the mom adds.
For fellow moms or parents who want to turn their hobbies into a small business, Geraldine says that patience is key. Starting a venture can be challenging but you need to be open to learning the ropes and improving your craft.
“Those who want to learn can watch tutorials online. As long as willing ka matuto, very beneficial sya, especially now that most of us are staying home,” suggests Geraldine.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
With Php500, crochet materials can be purchased online through Shopee or Lazada. Getting started with small items like pouches, earrings, and small accessories can help you practice your skills.
“Kung binabalak ninyo na maging hobby ito, five-star sya as a gift, especially now that the holiday season is fast-approaching. If it’s made by hand, it’s made with love ika nga nila,” she muses.
To see more of Geraldine’s handmade dolls, you can follow Playthread on Facebook: facebook.com/PlayThreadPH and Instagram: Instagram.com/playthread.
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