Products & Care
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR MATERIALS TO WORK WITH?
I get fabrics, supplies, raw materials and everything else, from all over the world, including here in Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, United States and Europe; some of fabrics are even specially dyed to my custom requested colors. All vintage/pre-loved materials are thoroughly washed before use.
DO YOU MAKE EVERYTHING YOURSELF?
I used to be the only one sewing and making everything. Those were some crazy times! Now I have help from both full-time and part-time sewers in Singapore and the Philippines, where I have set up a sweatshop-free workshop and living space, with help from my dearest Filipino friends, for otherwise jobless and/or homeless, poverty-stricken women whom we have taught and trained sewing skills as a form of livelihood and provided fair wages. I try as much as possible to support only small businesses and individual crafters for all other non-sewn products that are not made by myself. The plushies and felt/fabric brooches are all made by myself, because I love making them too much. Not so good for my bone-thin crooked fingers. In recent years, I have managed to persuade and hire my dearest mummy on board part-time to help out with these products. Hooray for mums!
HOW ABOUT THE DESIGNS?
I do all the design work of course, and match all the fabrics and colors together, amongst many other things, before my sewers work on them.
WHY THE NAME LITTLEODDFOREST?
WHY DO YOU MAKE SO FEW PIECES OF AN ITEM?
Because it is definitely way more fun making different things. We are not an assembly line factory! Plus, there is no herd mentality over here in the littleoddforest. One of my pet peeves is getting caught with a same something with someone else on the street or at a party. Eewww...
HOW DO I WASH A PRINTED TANK TOP OR ANY OF YOUR HANDMADE APPAREL?
Hand wash is recommended. Otherwise, gentle machine-wash, in a laundry mesh bag and line dry. Low-heat iron with the tank top turned inside out. Do not iron on the print! Duh.
HOW DO I WASH A HANDMADE SOFT TOY?
If the material used is fleece, gentle hand wash or machine wash in a netted laundry bag with mild soap is fine. Absolutely no soaking. If the material used is felt, only gentle clean, using a fuzz-free cloth slightly dampened with lukewarm water or with very mild soap water, and wipe gently at dirtied spot. Please note that synthetic felt will ball after lots of loving and hugging!
HOW DO I WASH A HANDMADE BAG?
Dry-clean or gentle hand wash ONLY. Use only a fuzz-free cloth slightly dampened with lukewarm water or with very mild soap water, and wipe gently at dirtied spot, and dry naturally. White vinegar mixed in with water will help prevent any color-runs. For cotton twill, denim, and corduroy fabrics, you may use Scotchgard's Fabric and Upholstery Cleaner or stain remover solutions that can be bought from any home fix-it stores. Ironing is NOT recommended. If you really must, use ONLY low-heat iron and be sure to use a pressing cloth between the fabric and the iron to prevent any damage done to the fabric, before ironing gently. Any white cotton linen cloth will do, otherwise an old pillowcase or a lightweight dishtowel will work as well. Be sure to not soak the bag in water for long periods of time.
If it is a small pouch that does not use any stiff interface and does not have any hardware (e.g. zippers, rings, magnetic snap, etc.), you may do ONLY gentle machine-wash in a laundry mesh bag and dry naturally.
However, we strongly discourage frequent washing as it might cause the fitting and shape of the case to change overtime.