Designer of the Week - Dunk-n-Fluff

This week get to know Tami of Dunk-n-Fluff. She lives in Arlington Heights, IL a northwest suburb of Chicago with her husband and 2 children: Mallory who will be 4 this month and Samson who just turned 1 last month.

Visit her website at www.dunknfluff.com for more information about her designs!

JM: Tami, when did you get started sewing and creating?

TAMI: I've been sewing for as long as I can remember. My mom and my grandmother both sew and I grew up around them sewing for me and my sisters. I can remember when I was 10 years old working on a pair of pj's with my grandmother. My grandmother even got me my first sewing machine as a wedding present. Once I had my daughter I got into sewing a lot more and eventually started my business. I started cloth diapering my daughter and really disliked how none of her clothes fit over her cloth diaper. I decided to try my hand at making coordinating sets using wool as pants since they make a great cloth diaper cover and that would solve my fit problem. Eventually I added cloth diapers to my line up.

JM: How did you decide upon your name?

TAMI: This was probably the easiest part of starting my business. The 'Dunk' part comes from dunking the wool to be dyed and the 'Fluff' part comes from the fluff I'm creating. Cloth diapers and wool are commonly called 'fluff' by customers.

JM: What kinds of things do you make to sell?

TAMI:Just about everything when it comes to children's clothes! Dresses, tops, cloth diapers, aprons, bibs, wool interlock pants, shorts, pull-on covers and bloomers. If a customer is looking for something in particular I can usually come up with something. I can even do custom embroidery designs. My husband is a graphic designer and occasionally I can get him to make a design to coordinate with a fabric.

JM: I noticed you sell cloth diapers, do moms really use those anymore?

TAMI: Yes!! Cloth diapers are becoming more and more popular. Gone are the days of squares of fabric, pins and plastic pants. Now there's a whole industry made up mostly of WAHM's (work at home mom's) who create one of kind diapers using fabrics like bamboo, PUL, hard-to-find prints from boutiques like Munki Munki, designer fabrics from Heather Ross, Joel Dewberry, Heather Bailey and the list goes on!

JM: Can you describe the cloth diapers you make? What are the different parts and why?

TAMI:I am a licensee of Darling Diapers. I use the AIO (all-in-one) pattern to make fitted diapers (these require a cover) and once in a while I'll make AIO's using PUL, a waterproof fabric that doesn't require a cover.

For the most part my diapers consist of an outer layer of print fabric, a hidden full body layer of bamboo french terry and then the layer that comes in contact with baby's skin is bamboo velour (the SOFTEST stuff you've ever felt!!). Then I attach a snap-in soaker consisting of 2 layers of bamboo french terry topped with bamboo velour, an attached doubler of 2 layers of bamboo french terry is included for even more absorbency. That's 8 layers of absorbency! For all that the diapers are still pretty trim! I love using bamboo fabrics because they are excellent diapering fabrics. Bamboo is highly water absorbent which lends itself to wicking away moisture from baby's sensitive skin. It also has many antibacterial qualities that are retained even after many washings. Bamboo fabric is more sustainable than most textile fabrics being able to grow quickly and usually not requiring the use of pesticides.

JM: If you could learn some new skills, what would they be?

TAMI: I have always been leery about zippers! I'd love to get really comfortable using them. I'd also love to learn quilt. Right now I just don't have the time or patience it involves.

JM: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

TAMI: Probably Europe. I haven't been out of the states yet but some day I'd love to take a few weeks or a month to travel Europe. I get a lot of my inspiration from kids European fashion.

JM: So what other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

TAMI: Reading, camping, spending time with my family. Camping is probably my favorite thing to do. We try to go at least twice a year.

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

TAMI:Thank you so much for featuring me, it's such an honor. I hope this article may prompt an interest in cloth diapering. It's such a good thing for our environment and fun! Check out http://hyenacart.com, it's a whole world devoted to cloth diapering. It is addicting so don't say I didn't warn you!

For more information about cloth diapering and terms visit www.squishygoodness.com

Some past Dunk-n-Fluff Designs

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Comments

| Tuesday, June 3, 2008 1:56 PM | flag
WOW! Tami, your designs are so cute and comfy looking. :o) Christie Kustom Kids Boutique

Brenda | Tuesday, May 6, 2008 12:05 PM | flag
Cute clothes!

Kate | Wednesday, April 30, 2008 9:42 AM | flag
Seriously cute! I didn't know cloth diapers could be so cute.

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