Do you have a big sweet tooth? We sure do, a big sweet tooth for Alameda-based Katie McKinnon’s adorable plush treats! Taking the island and beyond by storm comes Panic in Polkadots, bringing with her a brilliant eye for vintage fabrics and a very official degree in Awesome, making her a connoisseur of cute to the sugary sweet-craving masses. Her hand-sewn buddies come in all colors, shapes and sizes, so just because you’ve seen one plushie doesn’t mean you’ve seen them all. They each are one of a kind and have a character of their own, so don’t be surprised if you see an angry cupcake staring back at you while the ice cream cone next to him sports a grin.
Katie McKinnon from Panic in Polkadots
Panic in Polkdot’s Story
“Everything in my shop is designed and handcrafted by me, using re-inspired, vintage and new materials. For me, not a scrap of fabric, bottle-cap, or button goes wasted, I find a use for most everything. I strive to use secondhand and vintage fabrics whenever possible, as well as reclaimed items such as neckties, t-shirts, curtains, aprons and more! I welcome custom orders, so let me know if something inspires you!”
Little cupcake plushies
Katie’s Past Life
“In my other life, I used to decorate cakes and serve creamy ice cream! In this new year, I am open to learning new things, including: screenprinting t-shirts, marketing research for retail items, and bartending in an Italian restaurant. I still love ice cream, and I still assist a renowned pastry chef from time to time!”
Little ice cream cone plushies
“I have an orange cat named Lucy who loves to walk on a leash, and thinks she is a dog.
I am the biggest fan of Huey Lewis and the News, because it’s HIP to be SQUARE!
I collect neckties, anything with umbrellas, film cameras, vhs tapes, and tattoos.
My spirit animal is the elephant. (: ”
Katie’s Other Aliases
“‘Umbrella’ because I collect them, both in physical form, and in tattoos :P ”