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Dec 25, 2015

by Cynthia Treen

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Cynthia Treen, and I am a designer and textile artist based in Rhode Island. My shop is called Cynthia Treen Studio. I find profound inspiration, happiness, and satisfaction in creating, and I hope to bring that experience to other people through my kits and patterns.

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I have been sewing for as long as I can remember. I designed and made my first stuffed animal (a reindeer) at about eight years old, and I knew early on that I would work in a creative field. From my training at RISD to working in architectural model making, fashion design, and my years working with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, making has been at the heart of it all. It is the teaching that is the key, though. When you learn to make something yourself, your relationship to it changes and the experience deepens. There is magic in making that I want to share, and it is so fulfilling to receive feedback from customers, who have laughed, learned, stitched and come back for more.

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I recently saw a wonderful cartoon that perfectly describes my inspiration. In the cartoon, there are two figures, and one is holding a jar of happiness. The other figure, frowning, asks, “Where did you find that? I’ve been searching for it everywhere!” And the figure holding the jar of happiness says, “I created it myself.” I would have never imagined that my true calling would be making stuffed animals, but when I started in 2011, it felt like I’d come full circle — back to a deep-seated childhood joy, really.

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Because I think most clearly in three dimensions, my design process begins with felt, scissors and thread. As I visualize the piece, I translate it into pattern pieces in my head and free-cut them out of felt. I also cut an extra of each pattern piece so I can develop the paper pattern from it later. During construction, I make pattern adjustments as necessary and photograph each step of my process so I can use the images later as reference for illustrations.

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It takes hard work and dedication to develop an online shop and a customer base. You have to be all things, from designer to maker, bookkeeper to production manager, shipper to marketing expert. I feel like Etsy is on my side every day, taking some of that pressure off and allowing me to do the creative work that I love.

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So, what’s next? Online classes! I love teaching in person, but it’s difficult to share the detail of what I’m doing with small groups, much less large ones. With online classes and video tutorials, I can provide all of my students will a great view, more techniques, and the freedom to work at their own pace. I’m currently in the process of setting up a small video studio where I can record step-by-step demos for the classes. Stay tuned!

Follow Cynthia on Facebook, Instagram, and her website.

All photographs by Karen Philippi.

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Fox coat PDF pattern, felt coat pattern, miniature clothing, doll coat pattern, DIY felt, DIY doll clothing
Fox coat PDF pattern, felt coat pattern, miniature clothing, doll coat pattern, DIY felt, DIY doll clothing
CynthiaTreenStudio
$8.00 USD
Blue footed booby PDF pattern,  bird ornament pattern,  Animal sewing Pattern, DIY sewing, Galapagos, hand-stitching, Plush pattern
Blue footed booby PDF pattern, bird ornament pattern, Animal sewing Pattern, DIY sewing, Galapagos, hand-stitching, Plush pattern
CynthiaTreenStudio
$7.00 USD
Rilla Raccoon kit, Felt Animal Craft Kit - Stuffed raccoon Sewing Kit - Animal Pattern and Supplies, DIY sewing, beginner sewing
Rilla Raccoon kit, Felt Animal Craft Kit - Stuffed raccoon Sewing Kit - Animal Pattern and Supplies, DIY sewing, beginner sewing
CynthiaTreenStudio
$35.00 USD
Penguin Kit, Felt Animal Craft Kit, DIY sewing kit, penguin holiday ornament kit, baby penguin, plush penguin, beginner sewing kit
Penguin Kit, Felt Animal Craft Kit, DIY sewing kit, penguin holiday ornament kit, baby penguin, plush penguin, beginner sewing kit
CynthiaTreenStudio
$22.00 USD
Nessie Lagoon PDF Pattern, loch ness, Sea creature, Plush, Felt diy, hand-stitching, sewing pattern
Nessie Lagoon PDF Pattern, loch ness, Sea creature, Plush, Felt diy, hand-stitching, sewing pattern
CynthiaTreenStudio
$10.00 USD
Charlotte Fox's cloak PDF pattern, felt cloak pattern, miniature clothing, cape pattern, doll cloak pattern, DIY felt, DIY doll clothing
Charlotte Fox's cloak PDF pattern, felt cloak pattern, miniature clothing, cape pattern, doll cloak pattern, DIY felt, DIY doll clothing
CynthiaTreenStudio
$8.00 USD
Charlotte fox kit, Felt Animal Craft Kit - Fox Sewing Kit - hand-sewing, fox ornament, beginner sewing kit, DIY sewing, fantastic fox
Charlotte fox kit, Felt Animal Craft Kit - Fox Sewing Kit - hand-sewing, fox ornament, beginner sewing kit, DIY sewing, fantastic fox
CynthiaTreenStudio
$35.00 USD
Wool felt, wool and rayon felt, felt sheets, craft felt, craft supplies
Wool felt, wool and rayon felt, felt sheets, craft felt, craft supplies
CynthiaTreenStudio
$1.65 USD
Ludwig Lionheart, Lion kit, lion doll, felt lion
Ludwig Lionheart, Lion kit, lion doll, felt lion
CynthiaTreenStudio
$35.00 USD
Dandelion hand-stitching kit, lioness, plush lion, lion doll kit, DIY Lioness
Dandelion hand-stitching kit, lioness, plush lion, lion doll kit, DIY Lioness
CynthiaTreenStudio
$35.00 USD
Reindeer PDF pattern, DIY sewing pattern, beginner sewing, holiday reindeer pattern, felt reindeer, hand sewing, Holiday decoration,
Reindeer PDF pattern, DIY sewing pattern, beginner sewing, holiday reindeer pattern, felt reindeer, hand sewing, Holiday decoration,
CynthiaTreenStudio
$10.00 USD
Owl PDF pattern, Owl sewing pattern, Owl PDF pattern, DIY owl, Plush owl
Owl PDF pattern, Owl sewing pattern, Owl PDF pattern, DIY owl, Plush owl
CynthiaTreenStudio
$7.00 USD
Felt Umbrella PDF pattern, unbrella pattern, DIY sewing, hand-stitching
Felt Umbrella PDF pattern, unbrella pattern, DIY sewing, hand-stitching
CynthiaTreenStudio
$6.50 USD
Cranberry bird in flight  kit, felt bird kit, sewing kit, DIY crafts for kids, beginner sewing kit, bird ornament kit, hand sewing kit
Cranberry bird in flight kit, felt bird kit, sewing kit, DIY crafts for kids, beginner sewing kit, bird ornament kit, hand sewing kit
CynthiaTreenStudio
$22.00 USD
Christmas Tree PDF pattern, holiday tree pattern, felt Christmaas tree, plush trees, beginner sewing, tree ornament
Christmas Tree PDF pattern, holiday tree pattern, felt Christmaas tree, plush trees, beginner sewing, tree ornament
CynthiaTreenStudio
$6.00 USD
Reindeer felt bundle, wool felt collection, hand sewing, craft felt, wool craft felt, craft supplies
Reindeer felt bundle, wool felt collection, hand sewing, craft felt, wool craft felt, craft supplies
CynthiaTreenStudio
$10.00 USD
Circle Game barrette kit, DIY embroidery, barrette kit, beginner kit, DIY hair accessory, pink and orange barrette, french clip barrette
Circle Game barrette kit, DIY embroidery, barrette kit, beginner kit, DIY hair accessory, pink and orange barrette, french clip barrette
CynthiaTreenStudio
$23.00 USD
6Felix the Fox PDF pattern, Felt fox ornament, Felt Animal - Fox sewing pattern, hand-sewing, beginner sewing, DIY sewing, fantastic fox
6Felix the Fox PDF pattern, Felt fox ornament, Felt Animal - Fox sewing pattern, hand-sewing, beginner sewing, DIY sewing, fantastic fox
CynthiaTreenStudio
$10.00 USD
Frog Prince PDF pattern, Felt ornament, beginner sewing, Felt Animal sewing pattern, Stuffed frog Sewing pattern, felt Animal Pattern,
Frog Prince PDF pattern, Felt ornament, beginner sewing, Felt Animal sewing pattern, Stuffed frog Sewing pattern, felt Animal Pattern,
CynthiaTreenStudio
$8.00 USD
Raccoon PDF pattern, RILLA RACCOON, beginner sewing, Felt sewing pattern - raccoon Sewing pattern - Animal Pattern
Raccoon PDF pattern, RILLA RACCOON, beginner sewing, Felt sewing pattern - raccoon Sewing pattern - Animal Pattern
CynthiaTreenStudio
$10.00 USD
100% Wool stuffing, wool batting, craft supplies, sewing supplies, plush stuffing, DIY sewing
100% Wool stuffing, wool batting, craft supplies, sewing supplies, plush stuffing, DIY sewing
CynthiaTreenStudio
$6.00 USD
Charlotte Fox PDF pattern, girl fox pattern, foxy, beginner sewing, Felt Animal sewing pattern, fox pluch toy
Charlotte Fox PDF pattern, girl fox pattern, foxy, beginner sewing, Felt Animal sewing pattern, fox pluch toy
CynthiaTreenStudio
$10.00 USD
Puppy PDF pattern, Felt ornament, beginner sewing, Felt Animal sewing pattern - Stuffed dog sewing pattern - Animal Pattern, puppy PDF
Puppy PDF pattern, Felt ornament, beginner sewing, Felt Animal sewing pattern - Stuffed dog sewing pattern - Animal Pattern, puppy PDF
CynthiaTreenStudio
$7.00 USD
Felix fox kit, Felt fox ornament, Felt Animal Craft Kit - Fox sewing kit,  hand-sewing kit, beginner sewing kit, DIY sewing, fantastic fox
Felix fox kit, Felt fox ornament, Felt Animal Craft Kit - Fox sewing kit, hand-sewing kit, beginner sewing kit, DIY sewing, fantastic fox
CynthiaTreenStudio
$35.00 USD
Donkey PDF pattern, Mexican donkey, Pompom,
Donkey PDF pattern, Mexican donkey, Pompom,
CynthiaTreenStudio
$10.00 USD
The Frog Prince kit, Felt Animal Craft Kit - frog Sewing Kit - hand-sewing kit, plush frog, beginner sewing kit, DIY sewing
The Frog Prince kit, Felt Animal Craft Kit - frog Sewing Kit - hand-sewing kit, plush frog, beginner sewing kit, DIY sewing
CynthiaTreenStudio
$35.00 USD
Bird in flight PDF pattern, felt bird, sewing pattern, DIY sewing, crafts for kids, beginner sewing, bird ornament, hand sewing pattern
Bird in flight PDF pattern, felt bird, sewing pattern, DIY sewing, crafts for kids, beginner sewing, bird ornament, hand sewing pattern
CynthiaTreenStudio
$2.50 USD
Whale PDF pattern, DIY sewing, crafts for kids, beginner sewing, plush whale,
Whale PDF pattern, DIY sewing, crafts for kids, beginner sewing, plush whale,
CynthiaTreenStudio
$6.50 USD
Ludwig Lionheart PDF pattern
Ludwig Lionheart PDF pattern
CynthiaTreenStudio
$12.00 USD
Charlotte and Felix Fox PDF patterns, Felt fox ornaments, Felt Animal pattern - Stuffed Fox Sewing pattern - Animal Pattern, plush fox,
Charlotte and Felix Fox PDF patterns, Felt fox ornaments, Felt Animal pattern - Stuffed Fox Sewing pattern - Animal Pattern, plush fox,
CynthiaTreenStudio
$18.00 USD
Pocket pup kit, felt puppy kit, DIY sewing kit, beginner sewing, hand-stitching, puppy ornament, crafts for kids, dog sewing kit
Pocket pup kit, felt puppy kit, DIY sewing kit, beginner sewing, hand-stitching, puppy ornament, crafts for kids, dog sewing kit
CynthiaTreenStudio
$22.00 USD
12 inch extra plush pipe cleaner, pipe cleaner, cotton pipe cleaner, plush pipe cleaner
12 inch extra plush pipe cleaner, pipe cleaner, cotton pipe cleaner, plush pipe cleaner
CynthiaTreenStudio
$1.50 USD
Charlotte Fox felt bundle, wool felt collection, hand sewing, craft felt, wool craft felt, craft supplies
Charlotte Fox felt bundle, wool felt collection, hand sewing, craft felt, wool craft felt, craft supplies
CynthiaTreenStudio
$7.00 USD
Felix Fox felt bundle, wool felt collection, hand sewing, craft felt, wool craft felt, craft supplies
Felix Fox felt bundle, wool felt collection, hand sewing, craft felt, wool craft felt, craft supplies
CynthiaTreenStudio
$8.25 USD
White Rabbit PDF Pattern, bunny pattern, DIY sewing, beginner sewing, crafts for kids, beginner sewing kit, rabbit ornament kit, hand sewing
White Rabbit PDF Pattern, bunny pattern, DIY sewing, beginner sewing, crafts for kids, beginner sewing kit, rabbit ornament kit, hand sewing
CynthiaTreenStudio
$6.50 USD
Nessie Lagoon Kit, sea monster sewing kit, felt sewing kit
Nessie Lagoon Kit, sea monster sewing kit, felt sewing kit
CynthiaTreenStudio
$35.00 USD
Dandelion PDF pattern
Dandelion PDF pattern
CynthiaTreenStudio
$12.00 USD
Autumnal Bear PDF pattern
Autumnal Bear PDF pattern
CynthiaTreenStudio
$10.00 USD
Penguin Pattern PDF
Penguin Pattern PDF
CynthiaTreenStudio
$6.50 USD
Penguin PDF pattern, felt penguin pattern, Plush penguin,  Penguin sewing pattern, plushie penguin, Penguin Pattern PDF
Penguin PDF pattern, felt penguin pattern, Plush penguin, Penguin sewing pattern, plushie penguin, Penguin Pattern PDF
CynthiaTreenStudio
$6.50 USD
Holiday Sewing DIY kit collection: Penguin kit, Kangaroo kit, Brontosaurus kit
Holiday Sewing DIY kit collection: Penguin kit, Kangaroo kit, Brontosaurus kit
CynthiaTreenStudio
$66.00 USD
Three kit threadfollower collection: Rabbit, Penguin and Pup
Three kit threadfollower collection: Rabbit, Penguin and Pup
CynthiaTreenStudio
$66.00 USD
Cat hand-stitching kit
Cat hand-stitching kit
CynthiaTreenStudio
$22.00 USD
Whale kit, felt Whale kit, sewing kit, felt kit, DIY sewing kit, crafts for kids, beginner sewing kit, Whale ornament kit, hand sewing kit
Whale kit, felt Whale kit, sewing kit, felt kit, DIY sewing kit, crafts for kids, beginner sewing kit, Whale ornament kit, hand sewing kit
CynthiaTreenStudio
$22.00 USD
Cherry blossom barrette kit, DIY embroidery, Embroidered barrette kit, hair accessory, pink and orange barrette, french clip, Cherry blossom
Cherry blossom barrette kit, DIY embroidery, Embroidered barrette kit, hair accessory, pink and orange barrette, french clip, Cherry blossom
CynthiaTreenStudio
$23.00 USD
Bell Flower Barrette kit, DIY embroidery, Embroidered barrette kit, DIY hair accessory, embroidery kit, hair accessory, french clip
Bell Flower Barrette kit, DIY embroidery, Embroidered barrette kit, DIY hair accessory, embroidery kit, hair accessory, french clip
CynthiaTreenStudio
$22.00 USD
Felix Fox embroidered fox pattern - Stuffed Fox toy - Embroidered Fox pillow PDF, beginner embroidery pattern, DIY baby
Felix Fox embroidered fox pattern - Stuffed Fox toy - Embroidered Fox pillow PDF, beginner embroidery pattern, DIY baby
CynthiaTreenStudio
$8.00 USD
Yellow and Pink Bird in flight kit
Yellow and Pink Bird in flight kit
CynthiaTreenStudio
$22.00 USD
Canary kit
Canary kit
CynthiaTreenStudio
$22.00 USD
Beige/teal bird in flight kit, sewing kit, DIY sewing, crafts for kids, beginner sewing, bird ornament, hand sewing kit, bird mobile
Beige/teal bird in flight kit, sewing kit, DIY sewing, crafts for kids, beginner sewing, bird ornament, hand sewing kit, bird mobile
CynthiaTreenStudio
$22.00 USD
Fairy Coat PDF pattern, Fairy clothing, doll clothing, doll coat
Fairy Coat PDF pattern, Fairy clothing, doll clothing, doll coat
CynthiaTreenStudio
$4.00 USD
Cat PDF Pattern, felt cat, DIY sewing kit, beginner sewing, hand-stitching, Cat ornament, crafts for kids, plush Cat
Cat PDF Pattern, felt cat, DIY sewing kit, beginner sewing, hand-stitching, Cat ornament, crafts for kids, plush Cat
CynthiaTreenStudio
$2.50 USD
Kangaroo PDF Pattern, felt kangaroo, DIY sewing kit, beginner sewing, hand-stitching, Kangaroo ornament, crafts for kids, plush Kangaroo
Kangaroo PDF Pattern, felt kangaroo, DIY sewing kit, beginner sewing, hand-stitching, Kangaroo ornament, crafts for kids, plush Kangaroo
CynthiaTreenStudio
$6.50 USD
Green Felt bundle: Frog and Fauna,  wool felt collection, hand sewing, craft felt, wool craft felt, craft supplies
Green Felt bundle: Frog and Fauna, wool felt collection, hand sewing, craft felt, wool craft felt, craft supplies
CynthiaTreenStudio
$8.25 USD
Wool felt Rainbow bundle, felt sheets, felt sheet collection
Wool felt Rainbow bundle, felt sheets, felt sheet collection
CynthiaTreenStudio
$80.00 USD
Spring Rabbit Powerpoint tutorial E-book and pattern, rabbit pattern, DIY rabbit, bunny, Easter, hand-sewing, felt plush,
Spring Rabbit Powerpoint tutorial E-book and pattern, rabbit pattern, DIY rabbit, bunny, Easter, hand-sewing, felt plush,
CynthiaTreenStudio
$12.00 USD
Brontosaurus kit
Brontosaurus kit
CynthiaTreenStudio
$22.00 USD
Beige/teal bird in flight kit, felt kit, sewing kit, crafts for kids, beginner sewing kit, bird ornament kit, hand sewing kit
Beige/teal bird in flight kit, felt kit, sewing kit, crafts for kids, beginner sewing kit, bird ornament kit, hand sewing kit
CynthiaTreenStudio
$22.00 USD
Rilla Raccoon felt bundle, wool felt collection, hand sewing, craft felt, wool craft felt, craft supplies
Rilla Raccoon felt bundle, wool felt collection, hand sewing, craft felt, wool craft felt, craft supplies
CynthiaTreenStudio
$7.25 USD
Frog Prince felt bundle, wool felt collection, hand sewing, craft felt, wool craft felt, craft supplies
Frog Prince felt bundle, wool felt collection, hand sewing, craft felt, wool craft felt, craft supplies
CynthiaTreenStudio
$7.00 USD

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