FUZZIES – Sandra Becker
I started making polar fleece hats in 1991. The first hat I designed was the “Fud” hat. My significant other did a lot of hunting and wanted a baseball type hat with earflaps and a tie made out of fleece. I took apart an old baseball hat and designed my “Fud” hat after it. It was a great success – his buddies also NEEDED hats. At the same time, I was helping my mother with her small craft shows and decided to take my hats to sell at a show. I sold out the first morning! From there, the business grew – I signed up for small shows on my own and designed more items to go along with the Fud hat. By 1996, the business had grown to be a full time endeavor and I quit my “day job” to pursue crafting full time. I was doing about 10-12 large shows a year and the product line had grown to include several hat styles, mittens, ear bands, neck muffs, scarves, jackets and socks, booties and slippers. We expanded each item to have sizes for just about any age – kids to adults. In 1997, my significant other joined me full time in the shows and we continued to grow the business, expanding our product line and seeking out new market areas. In 2012 we offered a new line of baby booties in “minky fur” and micro fleece. These were a huge success. We now have booties (slippers) in 4 infant/toddler sizes, 4 youth sizes, and 3 adult sizes. We have over five hundred different choices between styles, colors, and sizes. Each year we listen to our customer requests, take notes on how our items are fitting, and modify patterns and styles to fit the wants and desires of our customers. I develop my own patterns and do the cutting and sewing. After the loss of my husband, I have continued the business on my own with some help from my family. One of my grandkids has started to learn to sew, and hopefully will be able to start coming to shows in the next few years.
One of the unique things about our business is that we offer “standard” colors from year to year, and offer a full line of items in each color. For example, you can purchase at least 3 styles of hats, 2 styles of mittens, ear bands and neck muffs all in the same color – and that color will be the same year to year. We have eight standard colors we offered this year and we compliment that with several print patterns. We put our customer satisfaction first and offer a generous return policy if they are not happy with an item. We pride ourselves on making a quality product using only the best materials. “Fuzzies” – it’s who we are and it’s what we do!