Handmade high quality soft toys and nursery decor

Invermay, Tasmania | 308 Sales


Handmade high quality soft toys and nursery decor

Invermay, Tasmania 308 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars

FriendsintheLeaves is taking a short break


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Thank you so much for stopping by! Friends in the Leaves is taking a very long break until at least the end of 2018.

Follow me on Instagram at @friendsintheleaves to hear about when I reopen!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 03 Jun, 2018


Thank you so much for stopping by! Friends in the Leaves is taking a very long break until at least the end of 2018.

Follow me on Instagram at @friendsintheleaves to hear about when I reopen!

Aurore McLeod

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Aurore McLeod


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Colourful creature for handmade nurseries

Hello! My name is Aurore. I am French, but I first arrived in Australia just over eight years ago and tend to think of it as my adoptive country. I live in beautiful Tasmania, Australia with my husband, Shane, and our almost-5-year-old daughter, Emma. Hidden away in my sewing room, I make soft toys, 3D portraits, and illustrations.

I started making soft toys in 2008. What started as a hobby is now slowly becoming a full time venture. Over the years my creative process has changed. I used to see the toys I made as just that: soft toys. Now I see them as characters with their own personalities: no two will ever be the same, and their different clothes and smiles help construct their unique personalities.

I strive to make items as beautiful and well made as I can. I put a lot of thought into the choice of colours, patterns and fabric. My toys are only made of new materials which are of great quality (only 100% wool felt, strong cotton, Shannon minky...). To ensure that they are safe for children they have passed a number of tests and are CE certified, which means that they comply with European Safety Standards (EN 71), some of the strictest toy safety standards in the world.

Every single character I have created has a story to tell. I hope that children sense it when they receive one of the Friends and that their imagination is sparked by it. If you buy one of the Friends I would love to hear about your child's relationship with it!

Shop members

  • Aurore McLeod

    Owner, Designer, Creator

Shop policies

Last updated on 24 January, 2018
Welcome to my shop! Thank you for stopping by.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • Gift cardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I take great care and pride in the finish of my creations and I want you to be happy with your purchase. I always check the item after I have made it and before I send it. Please be aware that being handmade, my creations will be as perfect as I can make them but not standardised like mass produced items are. That's the beauty of handmade!

Refunds or exchanges will only be allowed if the item has a defect, not if you change your mind.

Should you have any reason to return or exchange an item, please contact me within seven days of the item being delivered so that we can work things out.

I will expect the item to be returned in unused conditions (I advise you to use delivery confirmation), and after I receive the item I will refund your purchase (minus the shipping cost).
Payment can be made by PayPal, Etsy Gift Card or credit cards.
Your order will be shipped after it has been paid for. Ready to ship items are usually sent within 1-3 working days. Made to order items have their own turnaround time highlighted in the individual listings.

Shipping will be to the address registered with the Etsy account.

Your item will be packaged with care to make sure it does not get damaged during shipping. I use Australia Post's standard (eg tracked) mail service to ship your toy/ 3D portrait, unless you have selected a shipping upgrade.

Please bear in mind that I am located in Australia, therefore your order can sometimes take 4-6 weeks to reach you once it has been sent. All the toys and 3D portraits are sent tracked. The tracking number is attached to the shipping notification I send you when I send your order. Feel free to log into the Australia Post website to follow your order to its final destination.

Should your order not arrive after 6 weeks I will do everything I can to find it and will replace it if it is lost. In the case of your first order arriving while the replacement was on its way, I would expect you (and I would be very grateful) to not open the parcel and write 'return to sender' on it in order for it to make its way back to me undamaged.

International buyers are responsible for any custom fees, taxes, tariffs, duties, etc. that may be incurred at the time of delivery.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM SOFT TOYS: I really like making custom toys and would be happy to help. Please contact me so that we can work together on a customised creation for you. If you would like to see photos of previous toys, head to

If you need extra photos before you place an order, please contact me and I will be happy to oblige.

I truly appreciate all positive feedbacks left after the purchase, so thank you in advance for taking the time to leave a comment!