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.

Heather Muenstermann of Sweater Dude & Friends

This eco-conscious mom balances kids, running a boutique and crafting. Heather is part owner of the children and baby boutique Green Genes in Andersonville, where she enjoys selling Sweater Dude & Friends, a line of plushes she created. As the mother of a two-year-old boy, Bodhi, she became passionate about the idea that, “boys deserve dolls too!” Sweater Dude & Friends are fun and cuddly companions that are made almost entirely of re-purposed wool, cashmere or cotton sweaters. Heather has patterns for these special dolls, but she also takes customer requests. They can also be purchased in her Etsy shop, but many are sold before they can even be posted online. Heather, her partner and her son also love using recycled cardboard boxes to make castles and forts in their Andersonville home.

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

— Natasha Davis

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