Convertibles - clothes that kids can make!

by Maija Nygren in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

£9,643

raised of £10,000 stretch target

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This project will only be funded if at least £8,000 is pledged by 21st September 2020 at 9:12am

We transform kidswear, stitch by stitch. Empowering confident creators of the future, to explore, express and grow, through clothing.

by Maija Nygren in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The extra stretch target would enable us to create more Convertible kits, build our team further and get more children involved in the making of their own clothing, empowering more confident creators of tomorrow!


CONVERTIBLES

Clothes that kids can make and grow with!

You know that feeling, when you’ve made something from scratch, you’ve used your skills and produced something, it doesn't really matter what. What matters is that you created it… it’s that sense of achievement, feeling of worth, empowered super hero like state of mind, where you ‘CAN-DO’ with the skills you own. That feeling is ace.

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Photo credit @Rose & Julien 2019

The Convertibles

The Convertibles kit is a wearable puzzle, made of  knitted clothing panels, that grow along the growth spurts of a child, a learning experience as well as a warming, comfy garment, for years to come. A child can assemble their wearable woollen Convertibles kit at home, with the help of parent, grandparents or siblings, and enjoy screen free together times with family. With a tactile tool kit; a chunky wooden needle (safe), chunky yarn and with the help of a guide manual, a child is able to put together their own clothing and practice core life skills like; creative thinking, problem solving and fine motoric skills. At the end of the garment’s life cycle you can give your convertible a new lease of life by turning it into a soft toy or a cushion, capturing forever a chapter of your childhood.

The Convertibles are made with 100% softest Scottish lambswool, durable for many years of adventures and 100% biodegradable, leaving no trace once disposed of.

Let me make my own clothes?

Often, children have little, if any say in making decisions on what clothes they wear. We have created a platform for children to explore and express their creativity from an early age through clothing. It's just very cool too to make your own stuff to wear.


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Circular Economy kidswear

We live in an age where clothing is coming out of our ears, clogging our landfills and plastic pollution is taking over. There is no more room on this earth for short life products, and that includes clothing. 

Sustainable thinking is not just for adults. If we help kids learn to make things again, we encourage an 'I can' attitude, curiosity to make connections and understand the world.

Through making your own stuff, an understanding of manufacturing processes is created, giving more value to natural resources and the stuff we make with it. Through this understanding, we could start to buy more long lasting, high quality products, repair more, recycle more often and keep things in use for longer? What do you think?

"Hey, now I know how to make new clothes out of my old clothes!" 

Alice, Edinburgh, 7 years

My journey:

I learned to knit at the age of five with my Finnish grandmother and remember those moments of quiet concentration spent with her like they were yesterday. I later trained as a knitwear designer at Heriot-Watt University, Galashiels School of Textiles and happy to have followed my heritage to present you with Convertibles which I hope will inspire you to discover many exciting adventures for years to come. The Convertibles concept was inspired by the work of early childhood theorists, Froebel and Montessori, who believed that us adults can 'help children learn to help themselves', promoting life long skills and independent thinking. I wanted to merge this educational thinking into my kidswear, to provide meaningful experiences and products with a positive impact on future generations. We are launching our project on Crowdfunder, to fund the production of Convertibles and get more and more children sewing, learning and playing.

Rewards in pictures:


Convertibles Starter kit:

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 'Bing Bang Build Your Own Beanie' kit (now available in adult sizes too):

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'Tikapuut' Scarf kit: 

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'Join the Dots Jumper' kit:

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'Sewing Skirt' kit:

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'Three Tier' Dress kit:

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Just added:

'Tikapuut' Scarf Kit - for ADULTS - Limited 'Crowdfunding Edition'


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'Make Your Scarf Go Further' For adult 'Tikapuut Scarf'

Add a single modular panel to jazz up your Tikapuut scarf of make it into a double wrap!

Colours available (vary from pictures somewhat due to screens):

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Midnight blue

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Powder blue

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Sunshine yellow

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Burnt orange

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Emerald green

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Silver shadow grey

UK postage is included in all rewards. For outside UK purchase, you can pledge to donate to cover the shipping costs, by adding 'International shipping - suggested donation' from the rewards list. :)

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO HAS MADE THIS JOURNEY HAPPEN SO FAR!

With sewing and knitting love,

Maija








 




Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

19 of 50 claimed

EARLY BIRD Bing-Bing Beanie

This kit consists of two woollen panels to make you a snug and warm beanie, a wooden needle (blunt), squidgy chunky yarn and a manual to help you navigate through the activity. There is extra yarn to make a pom-pom, using our online tutorial! Made with 100% Scottish lambswool in Scotland. Adult supervision recommended, not suitable for under 3's due to small parts!

£3 or more

A helping hand to get Convertibles going!

Chip in to help reach our target and get Convertibles going, far and wide! Your name will be engraved on our online platform as a precious memory of the contribution you have made on our journey!

£7 or more

International shipping - suggested donation

Suggested donation towards international pledges.

£12 or more

12 of 100 claimed

Woolly puzzle - starter kit - Just play!

A kit of 3 tactile textural knitted panels to sew together in various combinations; tactile tool kit, chunky wooden (blunt) needle, squidgy yarn and guide manual to guide your little one along. Made with 100% Scottish lambswool in Scotland. Adult supervision recommended, not suitable for under 3's due to small parts!

£20 or more

1 of 40 claimed

'Make Your Scarf Go Further' (Adult size)

This is a single knitted modular panel, for you to add colour or length to 'TIKAPUUT' scarf (ADULT size), jazz up a base scarf with a pop of colour or make your scarf a double wrap! You can use this reward to build your own individual scarf too, to pick and mix! Each panel is knitted by me in my Leith studio using 100% Scottish lambswool and measure 28x28cm (may vary due to handmade nature) Choose from colours below and get creative!

£30 or more

19 of 50 claimed

EARLY BIRD Tikapuut Scarf

A modular scarf made with textural knitted panels that you assemble at home. The kit includes 8 x knitted panels (100% lambswool), a handmade wooden safety needle, chunky squidgy yarn and a little manual to help you along your way. Made with 100% Scottish lambswool in Scotland. Adult supervision is recommended and not suitable for under 3's due to small parts!

£35 or more

3 of 30 claimed

'Bing Bang Build Your Own Beanie' kit: FOR ADULTS

This kit consists of two woollen panels plus a ribbed trim, to make you a snug and warm beanie, a wooden needle (blunt), squidgy chunky yarn and a manual to help you navigate through the activity. There is extra yarn to make a pom-pom, using our online tutorial! Made with 100% Scottish lambswool in Scotland.

£45 or more

3 of 30 claimed

EARLY BIRD Sewing Skirt

This skirt kit includes 4 panel pieces, a pocket, 'just in case' braces and 4 wooden buttons, as well as a tactile tool kit; chunky wooden needle, chunky yarn and a guide manual. Made with 100% Scottish lambswool in Scotland. Adult supervision recommended, not suitable for under 3's due to small parts!

£65 or more

9 of 30 claimed

EARLY BIRD Join the Jumper!

This reward is for a raglan style 100% woollen jumper, that you assemble at home. Join the Jumper will arrive at your home in a kit form equipped with 19 panel pieces, tactile tool kit; chunky wooden needle, chunky yarn and a guide manual. Made with 100% Scottish lambswool in Scotland. Adult supervision recommended, not suitable for under 3's due to small parts!

£85 or more

2 of 30 claimed

EARLY BIRD Three Tier Dress Kit

This reward is for a raglan style 100% woollen dress kit, that you assemble at home. 'Three Tier Dress Kit' will arrive at your home in a in a box, equipped with: 20-piece kit, lots of squidgy yarn and a guide manual. Made with 100% Scottish lambswool in Scotland. Adult supervision recommended, not suitable for under 3's due to small parts!

£95 or more

0 of 30 claimed

TIKAPUUT Scarf - ADULT- Limited Crowdfunder edit

This is a modular, assemble-at-home scarf kit, consisting of 5 knitted panels, a tactile tool kit (chunky wooden needle and chunky yarn). The knitted panels are made with 100% Scottish lambswool, by me in my Leith studio. Finished scarf measures approximately 140cm x 30cm (may vary due to handmade nature of product). If you want to customise your scarf further, see 'Make Your Scarf Go Further' to jazz up, add panels for colour or length!

£250 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Crowdfunder special - ADULT Join the Jumper

A special Crowdfunder reward: a 100% hand made jumper, designed by you, made by us, at our Edinburgh studios. We will discuss in detail the colour palette you would like to make your Join the Jumper suit your needs. Made with 100% lambswool sourced from the UK.

£250 or more

0 of 10 claimed

'Design and Knit Your Own Scarf' experience for 2

'Knit Your Own Scarf' - FOR GROWN-UPS experience invites you and a friend to Almaborealis studios in Edinburgh, Leith, to design and knit your own scarf, using the finest quality yarns. You design the pattern and colours and create yourself a personalised scarf to warm you in autumn days to come. This workshops caters for two people per session.

£250 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Design and Knit Your Own Scarf - experience

'Design and Knit Your Own Scarf' - FOR KIDS (4 years onwards) experience invites you to Almaborealis studios in Edinburgh, Leith, to design and knit your own scarf, using the finest quality yarns. You design the pattern and colours and create yourself a personalised scarf to warm you in autumn days to come. This experience caters for 4 participants.

Let's make 'Convertibles - clothes that kids can make!' happen

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