Treefort Five has successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new website and service dedicated to teaching the art of plush toy making. The campaign has already surpassed the $1000 goal and is now on its way toward at least five different stretch goals. The first has already been reached at $1500, a move that unlocks a free Adorabot for inclusion with every tote bag.
Founder Danielle Ameen, Boston-based designer and crafter, launched Treefort Five to create a new place for learning skills, finding patterns, and buying all-in-one material boxes to make your own plush toys. Treefortfive.com already showcases listings for the first products available through the Kickstarter campaign, as well as sneak peeks at the first skill tutorials–including everything from 2 Ways to Thread a Needle, to Pinning and Cutting a Pattern. “Growing up, I usually had the benefit of raiding my quilter-Mom’s closet for materials and inspiration. Treefort Five boxes are my version of the magic of ‘closet raiding’. Each box includes a pattern and materials to create a handmade object from start to finish.” – Danielle AmeenThe first run of patterns, tutorials, and boxes will be sewing-centric, followed by crocheting.
The Kickstarter campaign features the first Treefort Five box: The Peek-A-Boo Monster Plush–a blue felt monster with a silly grin, oversized horns, and outstretched arms ready to hug or play a quick game of Peek-A-Boo. The monster is quickly becoming a mascot for Treefort Five and leading the way toward new boxes, like the Apples and Oranges, the Police Car, and the Fire Truck boxes–all unlockable stretch goals of the campaign. All funding will go toward building Treefort Five, which includes packaging, materials of pattern boxes, and video equipment for skill tutorials. Reward levels range from a heartfelt thank you and official backer status, to patterns, boxes, totes, and custom plush toys. Early Bird backers also received the Peek-A-Boo Monster Plush box at a $5 discount.