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Meet Amanda Ondretti of Felt Flanerie in Jefferson Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Ondretti.

Amanda, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have four siblings and I had a very broke holiday season one year. But, I had left over felt and my sewing equipment so I made them all something. Family compliments are nice but once others started asking my family where they got their items from is when I knew I may have something viable.

It’s never an easy thing to say hi I’m going to be a freelance anything but I love it too much to stop. And maybe to my detriment I wont stop. least don’t plan on it anytime soon. I love it too much, so when my hands stop moving is when I stop hand sewing plushies.

Has it been a smooth road?
Never a smooth road, too many hiccups to count, hahahaha. I struggle more with the running a business side of things, but the more I continue on this journey the more I learn. The struggles are abundant and learning from them only makes me a better toy maker and business women in the end. I’m grateful for every one of them.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Hiiiiiiiiiii! I’m Amanda, but the rest of the internet knows me as Felt Flanerie. I’m a freelance toy maker, I love working with felt and making to adorn your spaces, inspire happy feels and your kind heart ♥. Felt Flanerie is a passion project launched in 2012. With enthusiasm for sewing, felt and design I aim to create beautiful plush heirlooms for you to hug, give, display and most of all appreciate. I specialize in the bright, bold, soft and cuddly.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I love the city because of it’s colors, how it inspires and never ceases to amaze me with it’s creativity. There are too many free things to gaze upon to get the creative ingenuity juice flowing . What’s the saying… “start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” You can start anywhere, the big thing is just to start. It’s going to be a long journey so mine as well get the wheels spinning while you can.

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