Founding partner of The Handcrafted Shop, Carlene Hunt, is unsurprised that handmade soft toys, teddies and dolls are still much loved keepsakes, even in today’s disposable world. “Collectors and connoisseurs of soft toys appreciate the quality workmanship and detail that goes into each and every one of our artisan’s creations. Each soft toy is handmade with love, totally original, and exudes character, quality and craftsmanship.”
Every soft toy featured in The Handcrafted Shop is hand stitched using the finest materials and textiles. Their durability eclipses the frequently inferior quality of mass produced soft toys, making them a unique and endearing gift that provide years of play and love.
“Buyers that browse our categories looking for gifts for special occasions are thrilled when they come across the range of handmade soft toys available. There really is something for everyone, and they make timeless gifts for every age and occasion.”
The popularity of soft toys can be traced back through history from the first rag dolls of Roman times and the rise of the teddy bear in the early 1900’s, to more contemporary characters such as sock monkeys, snuggle toys and plush animals of every description.
Carlene believes the enduring appeal of handmade soft toys combined with the imagination, effort and skill from talented designers make them an ideal gift choice.
“People cherish them as mementos from their loved ones, and the occasion that they marked,” she explains. “People are gifting bespoke soft toys as a keepsake to commemorate a milestone or landmark event in their lives. Christenings, weddings, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or as comfort items for babies and children – there’s a bespoke soft toy to align with every occasion. And of course, there are those that simply collect for themselves,” adds Carlene.
Drawing on contemporary, classic and retro designs, and with hands, faces and outfits crafted from materials and textiles including German mohair, English glass, organza, flannelette, wool, calico, chenille, lace and suede, soft toy types include:
- Dolls: Rag dolls, elf dolls, ballerina dolls and long-limbed boy and girl dolls in bright colours and whimsical designs.
- Plush Animals: Choose your favourite from the natural world – elephants, penguins, monkeys, caterpillars, puppies, mice, rabbits and many more.
- Teddy Bears: In a league of their own, The Handcrafted Shop’s artisan teddy bears feature amazing attention to detail and quality finishing.
- Comforters & Baby Toys: Soft and interactive activity cubes in bright colours, snuggle rugs, bean bags and cot toys make ideal presents for christenings, new born or toddler gifts.
Carlene broadens the gift appeal of handmade soft toys, explaining, “Our artisans love creating soft toys, dolls and teddies that have been tailored to a specific person or occasion. Many are very happy to personalise their designs. For example, you could opt to incorporate a name or date on your soft toy, or select your preferred colour scheme. Our designers love a challenge, so you’re only really limited by your imagination!”
No matter the age or occasion, if you’re seeking a unique, timeless gift handmade with love, visit www.thehandcraftedshop.com to view their extensive range of bespoke soft toys, teddies, handcrafts and giftware.