Have you heard of For the Little Peeps? This is the company that makes the best Disney themed shirts that you’ve probably seen your friends post from their trip to the Magic Kingdom. Or maybe you first noticed For the Little Peeps when your little one needed a perfectly themed and personalized birthday shirt. Whether the occasion is a trip to Disney, a birthday party, a favorite holiday, or just because, Jodi Stevens, owner of For the Little Peeps, has the amazing embroidery and applique skills you need.
So how did For the Little Peeps get started? Who is this wonder woman who is crafty beyond my wildest dreams? As soon as I made my first purchase (a birthday shirt for a baseball themed party), I knew I had to find out.
Jodi’s love of crafting and knack for sales make a great match, but funny enough she didn’t originally set out to make this business. Years ago, after a lot of thought, this crafty mom invested in a personal use embroidery machine. This was to make hair clips, Christmas gifts, and some special occasion shirts for her own family. She really dove in and started to experiment and play around with the functions and features of her new machine. Online forums and discussions boards were her go to resource for learning more about embroidery and appliques. Her “experiments” kept getting better and she was having a blast.
Always the multi-tasker, Jodi had taken a few pieces to work on while waiting for one of her kids at swim lessons. She was working on some hair clips when another mom friend asked how she could get some. That ignited the first sparks of what we now know as For the Little Peeps.
Initially, Jodi would share a shirt or project on Facebook with her friends. There was such a great response, her instincts told her that they could do more. The next move seemed to be to Etsy. After discussions with her husband, they decided to take a chance. “I told my husband, let’s just try it, and see what happens,” Jodi shared. Good thing she tried it, because it seems to have worked out pretty well!
As I talked with Jodi while sitting at her kitchen table, I had to ask what this mom of four thought of her status as a work at home mom. Of course she loves how her kids are there with her and the ability to multi-task. But what stood out most to me was how much she loves them seeing her work at something she enjoys. “I love that they see me doing this. They might not know it now, but they see me doing something that I’m passionate about.” I also can’t leave out how much of a team Mama and Daddy Peep are. Jodi’s husband has been an integral part of the business from the get go and according to her, For the Little Peeps wouldn’t be what it is without him. “My husband is crazy supportive… He touches every item that leaves For the Little Peeps in one way or another.” Jodi says. She has even trained him to run the embroidery machine.
The Stevens aren’t originally from the area but made the conscious choice to call our area home. Natives of the Chicago area, Jodi and her husband knew they wanted to relocate before starting a family. After visiting relatives in New Bern, the took a trip back to the Triangle and decided this is where they would settle. After looking at 40 houses in 2 days, they found the one. “Everything just felt right,” Jodi says, “the slower pace, the better weather, and I knew I would have the ability to stay home and raise our family.”
For the Little Peeps has an amazing selection of whimsical, fun designs. Find For the Little Peeps on Facebook if you are interested in placing an order. The usual turnaround is 2 weeks from the time of payment, but sometimes things can get a little busy during the holidays so it can go up to 3 weeks. This year, For the Little Peeps will stop taking holiday orders on November 5, so make sure you get in touch with her for your seasonal gear in time.
To stay up to date on all of For the Little Peeps news, follow them on Facebook and check out For the Little Peeps website. With as many ideas as Jodi has, I’m certain you’ll want to be in on whatever new products, design or endeavor she decides to take on next.