When Shahizatul Farha S. Rosli, 36, took to social media platforms Facebook and Pinterest to learn sewing, never did she imagine that her new found hobby would end up as a source of income.
The business, which began two years ago under the brand name Little Z’, is thriving and now offers 11 types of handmade products. Orders are coming not only from within Malaysia, but also Singapore.
Little Z offers handmade educational toys for children below six, such as play mats, busy books, drawing kits, doll houses and peek-a-books.
She also produces multipurpose pocket bags, sling bags and pencil cases. Her latest products are face masks for children.
Shahizatul makes her products from colourful fabric to attract children’s attention and also so that learning will be more interesting. The products are also to encourage more interaction between parents and their children.
Little Z products are also convenient to pack along when families travel.
"It crossed my mind to make craft toys for my own children because the toys my husband and I buy for them often do not last long. If the toys are not damaged, some parts will be broken.
"I wanted something long-lasting and durable that my children can play with and at the same time learn from. That was the motivation behind my first product, a play mat, ” she said.
Shahizatul said her children Zara Faqiha, seven, Zharif Fakhri, five and Zhafri Faaeq, three, are her sources of inspirations and that their feedback is important in order for ther to create toys that children will love.
"I often ask my children for their feedback after I came up with new ideas, ” she said, adding that she was also grateful to her husband, Shaiful Azhan Malik, 35, for his support.
Shahizatul said she went from having zero knowledge in sewing to now owning not one but two sewing machines.
Asked on her future plan, Shahizatul said she wanted to increase production, purchase more sewing machines and employ assistants so that she could market her products to Brunei.
Little Z can be found on Facebook (Little Z) and Instagram, thelitte.z. - Bernama
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