by Janie XY
So, when my niece was born in 2008, my boyfriend, Sergio, and I were on a quest to find her the perfect toy for her to grow up with. After a trip to several toy stores including the famed FAO Schwartz, we seemed to only find licensed toys that just didn’t appeal to us. I felt the need to take this dilemma into my own hands and create a toy for her—which would be more special than any toy I could ever buy her. The only knowledge I had of sewing prior to this was watching both my parents sew during my childhood summers—but I was determined. I sketched a whale, and sat myself down at my dad’s work table and just began creating shapes until I found one I felt fit my design.
I haven’t looked back since. The most rewarding thing I find in making plush is hearing everyone else’s memories with the toys I’ve created. People of all ages come to me at shows or email me telling me about the road trips, baseball games, sleep overs, etc. they’ve experienced with their toys and I can’t wait to hear more!