FeltLooseFancyFree

Felt Board Play Sets, Home Decor & WoolFelt Supplies

Long Island, New York · 225 Sales

FeltLooseFancyFree

Felt Board Play Sets, Home Decor & WoolFelt Supplies

Long Island, New York 225 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(71)

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Note from shop owner Welcome to Felt Loose & Fancy Free! While the shop is closed for the summer months, we are busy dreaming up new designs and restocking your favorites. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to introducing many new designs when we reopen this Fall.


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Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 16, 2018

Welcome to Felt Loose & Fancy Free! While the shop is closed for the summer months, we are busy dreaming up new designs and restocking your favorites. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to introducing many new designs when we reopen this Fall.


Be sure to like our page on Facebook to receive special offers and new product information: facebook.com/FeltLooseFancyFree

Thanks for stopping by!

Mary Courtemanche

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Mary Courtemanche

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About

Literacy & Crafting: two passions, one cute business.

There have been two passions that have followed me throughout life— my love for reading, and my love for crafting. As a child, I would divide my allowance between buying mountains of books from the Scholastic catalog, and supplies for my latest craft obsession (back then, a lot of wreaths, scrapbooks, and friendship bracelets!).

It was really no surprise when I found myself in the book publishing industry after college. I couldn't believe all the free books, advanced reading copies and manuscripts that were suddenly at my fingertips!

Fast forward almost ten years, when I became pregnant with my first child... the magical world of children's book publishing quickly became my new focus, and I began collecting books for my baby-to-be with as much vigor as my early days with the Scholastic catalog. I knew in my heart that I wanted to stay home with my child, which meant leaving an incredible career - and likely embarking on something I could do while staying at home.

If you'd have told me then that my great “momprenuer” idea would be creating felt story sets for kids, I don't think I would have believed you! But again, it shouldn't have been such a surprise...

After my son was born, we started spending a lot of time at our local library, attending any age-appropriate programs that they offered. Often, they would incorporate felt board stories into the program, and I loved how the pieces made the stories interactive. I decided to try my hand at making a set - an "On the Move" set featuring lots of different cars, trucks, airplanes and more. My son loved it, and I was hooked!

That first set was made using acrylic, craft store felt - but I knew I could do better. I wanted to find high-quality materials that would stand up to the toughest of toddler hands, and that would feature natural materials. When I discovered WoolFelt® from National Nonwovens, I knew I'd found the perfect fit for my whimsical felt story sets.

Process, Product & Packaging
Each set takes 3-4 hours from start to finish (not including the pre-assembly design and development phase – which can take a week or more). I pour lots of love and life into each piece. My basic sets have a minimum of two layers of WoolFelt®, making them about as thick as a dollar coin. Many of my larger, thematic sets (like my Under the Sea and Jungle Safari sets) have three of more layers, not to mention details like ribbon, fabric paint, hand-embroidery and touches of glitter.

As a mom, I value high-quality toys that promote imagination - so I've designed my story sets to grow with children, and to be played with in many different ways... from the most basic of early education like color, counting and ABC match-ups; read-along sets that pair with classic children’s books; and thematic sets that can complement a variety of books or children's special interests.

Also, I think any mom can appreciate a well-designed product - that's why my story sets also come packaged in their own, hand-dyed, hand-stamped cotton bags, making it easy for kids to find them & put them away.

When you buy a Felt Loose & Fancy Free story set, my mission is to provide you with a toy that will provide lasting entertainment value for your child—promoting literacy, imagination, and learning, all in one playful pouch.

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  • Mary Courtemanche

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    As a stay-at-home mom whose former career was in book publishing, I was drawn to the idea of using felt story sets to compliment children's books, promoting literacy & imagination. Each set I create is kid-tested and approved!

Shop policies

Last updated on August 20, 2017
Welcome to Felt Loose & Fancy Free, featuring playful felt story sets & flannel boards for children.

Each story set is handcrafted by me using high-quality WoolFelt® and feature lots of special details that bring them to life - from ribbon, felt, and yarn trims, to dimensional fabric paint and touches of glitter.

All pieces are backed with a fabric interfacing plus a coordinating felt backing for strength and stability. All embellishments are either hand-sewn or adhered using the strongest glues available - toddler tested! Our pieces are slightly oversized, which make them perfect for tiny hands.

Our unique 18x24 inch Prop-Up Style Felt Board was designed to be beautiful, practical, and easy to store in your home. Using a stretched canvas as our base, we use a yard of WoolFelt®, durable cotton canvas, and a felt pocket on the reverse for storage! Our board can be hung low on the wall using our grosgrain ribbon hanger, placed on an easel for floor play, or simply propped against your wall or couch. Our Fold-Up Style Felt Board is just as beautiful, and made from the same high-quality materials, but in a smaller 11x17 size that folds up for portable play.

Felt Stories are perfect for imaginative free-play, as a tactile teaching tool, or as a story telling prop with your favorite children's books and nursery rhymes. They make a wonderful addition to the home, preschool or library learning environment.

As with any toys, please don't leave small children alone or unsupervised during play.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
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  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I want you to be thrilled with your purchase! If you are unhappy for ANY reason, please contact me to see if I can make it right. If we can't find a solution, I will accept returns in their original condition and packaging within 7 days. All custom orders are non-returnable.
Payment
We accept payment by credit card, PayPal and Etsy giftcard.
Shipping
Current turn around is approximately 1-2 business days unless otherwise noted. All orders ship via USPS First Class Mail. Upgrades to Priority Shipping are available - please send me a message to coordinate.
Additional policies and FAQs
I love custom orders and would be happy to design something just for you. Please contact me and let me know what you're looking for!