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The Itty Bitty Project takes one of the most common and well-loved articles of clothing - the tshirt - and turns it into an unexpected opportunity for play, exploration and creative decision-making.

Little ones can reinvent the face of their shirt again and again, exploring new possibilities as often as they wish.

And if they're able to do that much with just a tshirt, imagine what they could do with everything else in the world around them?

The Story

The Itty Bitty Project began as a crafting experiment – a one-of-a-kind gift for a very special 4th birthday. A kiddie t-shirt, a pretty red button, and a handful of colorful felt shapes cut just right, and VOILA! - the birthday girl could button and re-button the pieces onto her t-shirt in whatever way she wanted. What could be better than that?!

This first "prototype" was such a hit that I made a few more for other little friends. The idea was so simple, so cute and so full of possibilities! It all started with a sandwich - then the egg sandwich of course - then came a pizza, and a monster - and along with those, dozens of doodles in my sketchbook. The more "prototypes" I made, and the more I explained the concept to my friends, the more inspired I became about all the places this sweet idea could go.

"It's like Mr. Potato Head. But on a shirt!"

So I started experimenting with other design motifs and different ways of attaching the felt pieces onto the tees, and eventually, I decided to try and make these itty bitty t-shirts on a slightly larger scale. Last Fall, with the help of my mom (who taught me how to sew when I was little), our studio's first mate and crafting master Annie, and a handful of dear friends over the course of several of our bi-monthly Crappy Hour gatherings (Crafting + Happy Hour = Cra-ppy Hour), we screen printed three hundred little tees, and cut and sewed hundreds and hundreds of felt bits of all shapes and sizes. And this is how the Itty Bitty Project was born. 

Needless to say, we were absolutely thrilled to soft-launch a limited run of tees before the holidays, which we put out into the world via a simple website and an email blast to all of our friends. The feedback was fantastic, and we got some sweet press too (DailyCandy, Swiss Miss, Quipsologies, and Style Sight all wrote about us!). But we are still a very small, still entirely self-funded operation, and we are ready for more! 

We would we love to find ways to expand our line to include more concepts and more designs (we have countless sketches in the works), and we'd love to make our designs available in more sizes so older kids and adults can wear Itty Bitties too! 

We would also love to explore other ways of bringing our creativity-inducing experiment to the world - by opening up our collection for wholesale at local shops, showcasing our wares at gift and craft fairs in the New York area, and hosting Itty Bitty crafting workshops and kid-focused events.

The Tees

Currently, our t-shirt designs are available in kids' sizes only (age 2-6) and in two basic styles:

Buttoned: Colorful t-shirt with a single button sewn onto it, accompanied by six detachable, stackable felt bits. "Buttoned" designs include: the Itty Bitty Sandwich, the Itty Bitty Egg Sandwich, the Itty Bitty Pizza and the Itty Bitty Flower.

Snapped: Silk-screened t-shirt adorned with three snaps and accompanied by six detachable, snappable felt bits. "Snapped" designs include: the Itty Bitty Monster, and the *BRAND NEW* Itty Bitty Cosmos and Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone.

If we are successful in raising additional funding, we will offer more designs in our next collection and make our styles available in larger sizes for bigger kids, teens, and adults (and maybe baby onesies too). We will also be able to invest in more materials and more production resources allowing our business to scale and become a bit more sustainable while continuing to keep everything handmade in New York City - which is really important to us.

Materials: We've got almost everything we need for our next batch, but we still need help with the cost of raw materials. This includes the actual garments themselves (t-shirts, tanks, and sweatshirts) as well as more snaps, screen printing ink, and packaging supplies.

Production: Hiring extra hands to help us cut, sew, and assemble the tees would be a great help. We have some expert sewers and crafters ready to start work as soon as we have the funds available. A fully funded campaign will allow us to go into production and deliver the first batch of Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone and Itty Bitty Cosmos t-shirts (125 each) within 3-4 weeks. 

If we are able to raise more than our goal, we will put more concepts into production for the next release, and begin planning wholesale opportunities and our Itty Bitty events.

What we've already paid for ourselves: All supplies and materials for our first run released this Fall were entirely self-funded. We also cut, sewed, and screen printed everything ourselves, and designing and produced our own packaging and website. 

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WE'VE ADDED *NEW* REWARDS!!

Kiss Me I'm Polish Fan Club!
Pledge $50 or more. 

Don't have a kid in your life? Wouldn't be caught dead in an adult Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone tank top? No problem! Back our project by getting yourself a customizable Kiss Me I'm _________ t-shirt, a Kiss Me I'm Polish pencil + mug combo! Pledge $50 or more.

Kiss Me I'm Polish Fan Club - Educational Edition!
Pledge $150 or more.

Same as the regular Fan Club reward level but better. Customizable Kiss Me I'm _________ t-shirt, pencil + mug plus two copies of one of our favorite design projects - the newest edition of Dalton Conley's Introduction to Sociology textbook, "You May Ask Yourself."So you will be backing our project and getting smarter at the same time!

Custom-knit hat!
Pledge $80 or more.

For a pledge of $80+ we will knit you a very special wool hat to make your head feel fuzzy and warm when the weather gets cold. Color and size of your choice. Pom-pom optional.

Custom-knit scarf!
Pledge $150 or more.

For a pledge of $150+ we will knit you the sweetest wool scarf to keep you comfy this winter. Colors and width of your choice. Fringe optional.

Not-that-Itty-Bitty Tote Bag
Pledge $45 or more.

100% cotton canvas tote bag with shiny red button and 9 detachable and stackable bits of our favorite veggies. (And if you can't figure out what's what, you might not be eating enough vegetables… Just sayin').

Craft Therapy
Pledge $125 or more

Get a 1-hour private crafting session with either Agnieszka or Annie, our resident craft-expert. Bring a project of your own or come with a wish to learn something new. Always wanted to sew your own buttons or mend those torn jeans without the help of your dry cleaner? We'll help you figure it out. Our combined skills include: sewing, knitting, crochet, screenprinting, patternmaking, felting, fabric dyeing, embroidery, paper crafts + more! We'll provide refreshments, but travel + accommodations not included.

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OUR REWARDS

Pledge $10 or more. (LEFT)
An assortment of special felt bits + a heartfelt Thank You note.

Pledge $20 or more. (RIGHT)
Space Junk / Felt Cheese / Moon Rock: An object of own creation (trust us!) made of assorted felt scraps accumulated while cutting all of our bits. PLUS a heartfelt Thank You note of course.

Pledge $30 or more. (LEFT)
One kids tee with a heartfelt Thank You note. Choose any t-shirt from our current line of 6 designs or the *BRAND NEW* Itty Bitty Cosmos or Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone.

Pledge $35 or more. (RIGHT)
One adult Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone take or Itty Bitty Cosmos t-shirt with a heartfelt Thank You note. 

Pledge $45 or more
One kids tee and a special "Space Junk / Felt Cheese" object - OR - one adult Itty Bitty Cosmos sweatshirt. Plus a heartfelt Thank You note. Choose any t-shirt from our current line of 6 designs or the *BRAND NEW* Itty Bitty Cosmos or Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone.

Pledge $60 or more
Two kids tees with a heartfelt Thank You note. Choose any t-shirt from our current line of 6 designs or the *BRAND NEW* Itty Bitty Cosmos or Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone.

Pledge $65 or more
One kids tee and one adult Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone tank or Itty Bitty Cosmos t-shirt. Plus a heartfelt Thank You note. Choose any t-shirt from our current line of 6 designs or the *BRAND NEW* Itty Bitty Cosmos or Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone.

Pledge $75 or more
One kids tee and one adult Itty Bitty Cosmos sweatshirt, plus extra bits and our special "Space Junk" object. Choose any t-shirt from our current line of 6 designs or the *BRAND NEW* Itty Bitty Cosmos or Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone.

Pledge $100 or more
Two kids tees and one adult Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone tank, plus extra bits and our special "Space Junk" object. Choose any t-shirt from our current line of 6 designs or the *BRAND NEW* Itty Bitty Cosmos or Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone.

Pledge $250 or more
Custom-designed t-shirt set (theme of your own choosing - mystery? sushi? dump truck? burger fest?) We will work with you to design a specially made t-shirt set for you and/or your little one. And depending on the magic we make together, maybe we'll even add the design to our next release of t-shirts. Includes two kids tees + one adult sweatshirt + custom instruction manual.

Pledge $500 or more
The full shabang - includes one of each of our 6 current designs, our 2 new ones (all kids sizes), an adult Itty Bitty Cosmos sweatshirt or t-shirt, an adult Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone tank, a limited edition tote bag, a special box to hold all of your bits, our special "Space Junk" object, and extra replacement bits and surprises.

Pledge $1000 or more
An Itty Bitty Crafting Bonanza for up to 5 kids (and their parents, of course) hosted at our studio in Chelsea. We will work with each little one to make a custom t-shirt of their own creation, and each participant will also receive a selection of 4 tees from our current collection - including the *BRAND NEW* Itty Bitty Cosmos and Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone. Travel + accommodation costs not included.

Fun Fact: Pronouncing "Itty Bitty Project" has always been a bit of a tongue twister for Agnieszka. It became hilariously apparent once we started recording the voiceover for our video. Take a listen for yourself: 

Risks and challenges

Currently, the Itty Bitty Project is a side project while we run our full-service design business.

Since demand is not yet predictable, all of our felt bits are cut, sewn, and glued by hand in our studio.


If volumes exceed (double or triple expectations of our funding goal), we're looking to employ more crafty people in New York City or outsource the manufacturing to local businesses if needed. Should that be the case, we have contacts in place, but there will be a slight delay as we'll have to account for ordering supplies, shipping, production, etc.


I will keep all of our communications clear and open so that all of my backers can be informed on every step of the process.

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    One kids tee and a special "Space Junk / Felt Cheese" object from the $20 reward - OR - one adult Itty Bitty Cosmos sweatshirt (retail $50, free shipping).
    PLUS a heartfelt Thank You note of course. Choose any t-shirt from our current line of 6 designs or the *BRAND NEW* Itty Bitty Cosmos or Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone (Note: new designs will require a bit more lead time). Available kid sizes: 2T, 4T, 6T, 8T, or adult unisex sizes: XS, S, M, L

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    Two kids tees (retail $64, free shipping) with a heartfelt Thank You note. Choose any t-shirt from our current line of 6 designs or the *BRAND NEW* Itty Bitty Cosmos or Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone (Note: new designs will require a bit more lead time). Available kid sizes: 2T, 4T, 6T, 8T

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    One kids tee and one adult Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone tank or Itty Bitty Cosmos t-shirt (retail $72, free shipping).
    PLUS a heartfelt Thank You note.
    Choose any t-shirt from our current line of 6 designs or the *BRAND NEW* Itty Bitty Cosmos or Itty Bitty Ice Cream cone (Note: new designs will require a bit more lead time). Available kid sizes: 2T, 4T, 6T, 8T, or adult unisex sizes: XS, S, M, L

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    One kids tee and one adult Itty Bitty Cosmos sweatshirt, plus extra bits and our special "Space Junk" object (retail $77, free shipping).
    Choose any t-shirt from our current line of 6 designs or the *BRAND NEW* Itty Bitty Cosmos or Itty Bitty Ice Cream cone (Note: new designs will require a bit more lead time). Available kid sizes: 2T, 4T, 6T, 8T, or adult unisex sizes: XS, S, M, L

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    Two kids tees and one adult Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone tank, plus extra bits and our special "Space Junk" object (retail $104, free shipping).
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    Craft Therapy - get a 1-hour private crafting session with either Agnieszka or Annie, our resident craft-expert. Bring a project of your own or come with a wish to learn something new. Always wanted to sew your own buttons or mend those torn jeans without the help of your dry cleaner? We'll help you figure it out. Our combined skills include: sewing, knitting, crochet, screenprinting, patternmaking, felting, fabric dyeing, embroidery, paper crafts + more! We'll provide refreshments, but travel + accommodations not included.

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    t-shirt, pencil + mug plus two copies of one of our studio's favorite recent design projects - the newest edition of Dalton Conley's Introduction to Sociology textbook, "You May Ask Yourself," published by WW Norton.
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    Custom-designed t-shirt set (theme of your own choosing - sushi? dump truck? under-the-sea? burger fest?) We will work with you to design a specially-made t-shirt set for you and/or your little one. And depending on the magic we make together, maybe we'll even add the design to our next release of t-shirts.
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    The full shabang - includes one of each of our 6 current designs, our 2 new ones (all kids sizes), an adult Itty Bitty Cosmos sweatshirt or t-shirt, an adult Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone tank, a limited edition tote bag, a special box to hold all of your bits, our special "Space Junk" object, and extra replacement bits and surprises.

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    An Itty Bitty Crafting Bonanza for up to 5 kids (and their parents, of course) hosted at our studio in Chelsea. We will work with each little one to make a custom t-shirt of their own creation, and each participant will also receive a selection of 4 tees from our current collection - including the *BRAND NEW* Itty Bitty Cosmos and Itty Bitty Ice Cream Cone.
    (Travel + accommodation costs not included.)

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