Getting to know The Jilly Bean Jar
What got you started in selling your items in your Etsy shop?
I'm a SAHM who loves to sew, knit, and crochet. I'm always looking for affordable and cute ways to cover my kids in their cloth, and I wanted to share my creations with others.
How did your shop name originate?
My nickname has been Jillybean since I was a little kid, so it seemed natural to use that in my Etsy shop name. The Jar part came in to play because what I stock is kind of a surprise... there's lots of variety and choice, just like in a jar filled with jelly beans.
What is one piece of advice you wish somebody had given you when you started cloth diapering?
Don't be afraid to try different styles and types of diapers. What works for one child may not work for another. I used one type of diaper for my daughter, and had to switch to another type for my son since they had different body types. Don't get frustrated if your first try doesn't work perfectly. There are lots of knowledgeable people out there to help you - just ask any of the Etsy Cloth Diaper team members!
What is your favorite thing to do when you're not sewing/working for your shop?
I love playing with my kids. My 2 year old has the most unique and entertaining sense of humor, and it's fascinating watching my 7 month old discover new things. I also love sewing, knitting and crocheting for my family as well, and most nights you'll find me with some yarn and a hook or needles in my hand.
What is your current favorite item in your shop and why?
I love my rocket longies. The elastic waist band means they're quick to pull on and off a squirmy baby or toddler. The wool is soft and thick, giving it great protection from wetness, and the rocket design is cute and unique.
What is your favorite material to work with?
I love working with soft wool yarn when I'm knitting or crocheting. When I'm sewing, fleece is one of my favorites!
How long has your shop been open?
My shop has been open since July of this year
My name is Jill Giovannetti and I live near Chicago with my husband and 2 year old girl and 7 month old boy. I started cloth diapering when my daughter was a newborn, and I made most of her diapers myself. From there I moved on to knitting and crocheting longies for her, and I haven't stopped since! In addition to sewing and yarn crafts, I also love baking and I'm always playing around in my kitchen trying to figure out how to make things tasty and healthy.
Fluff-a-Rump Giveaway Details
This week Jill from The Jilly Bean Jar is giving away a pair of fleece longies (retail value $9). Open to USA and Canada.
These longies are soft and cuddly. The winner gets to choose the size and color (red, black, blue, pink, white or Christmas plaid available). An extra layer can be included to provide extra protection through the wetzone at the winner's request. All seams are serged for durability and a professional finish.
To enter the giveaway, first do the required entry:
- First visit The Jilly Bean Jar then come back here and leave a comment with something you love from her shop, or something you learned from visiting her shop.
Additional optional entries (leave a separate comment for EACH of the following that apply) Be sure that you are signed in or leave a way to contact you in each comment:
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-Tweet about the Fluff-a-Rump giveaways (limit one per day) - be sure to use @etsyclothdiaper and #giveaway in your tweet!
A random blog comment number will be selected using random.org. The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. You MUST comment on this blog post to be entered, and have contact info in your profile. Each entry must be its own comment. If you combine entries into one comment, it will only be counted as one entry. Winning entries will be validated and you MUST do the required entry to have any additional entries be valid. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Thank you for entering!