10 Crafty Chicago Moms You Need to Know


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Chicago moms are one crafty bunch. With skill, creativity and a certain genius that can only come from sleep deprivation, our local talents make goods for kids and babies, selling them on Etsy and in neighborhood shops. Want to meet a few? Click through our album to get to know Chicago moms (and one amazing grandma!) that craft everything from hair accessories to superhero capes to eco-friendly plushes.

Whitney Surane of Madly Wish

Whitney started Madly Wish — which sells an array of baby products — after she tried her hand at sewing a rag quilt and “people seemed to dig it.” She is a mother to five kids, ages infant to nine years, and got inspired to create items that she uses on a daily basis: crib quilts, sheets, burp cloths and diaper changing pads. This multitasking mom is accustomed to sewing and creating during nap time, after bedtime and even while she is surrounded by her family. She also uses her Etsy shop as a place to sell art made by her daughter, Lyla (7). Living in Channahon, Whitney enjoys walking with her kids along the I&M Canal near their house, and getting funky with a good old-fashioned dance party.

Are you a mom that makes something for kids and babies? Introduce yourself to us in the Comments below!

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