Accessories and keepsakes for home, family and children

Sunderland, United Kingdom On Etsy since 2011

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Accessories and keepsakes for home, family and children

Sunderland, United Kingdom | 282 Sales

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Last updated on Oct 8, 2020

Post days are once a week (most likely a Thursday). Thank you for your understanding and for supporting Handmade Hippo x


Emma Hetherington

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Emma Hetherington


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About HandmadeHippoCrafts

Sales 282
On Etsy since 2011

Why buy from Handmade Hippo?

Handmade Hippo is a small, home grown business. My name is Emma and I design and make all the products sold by Handmade Hippo! Originally from London, I studied for my foundation diploma in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins before moving up North and studying Fine Art for my BA (Hons) degree at the University of Sunderland. During my studies I developed an obsession for printed fabrics and pattern. After a couple of years living in Hong Kong, my then fiancé and I moved back to the UK shortly before our wedding. While studying for my Masters degree in Art Museum and Gallery studies at Newcastle University we fell pregnant with our son Rory and somehow I managed to finish my course (handed in the dissertation 8 months pregnant!) and the rest is history really!

When my son was teething he was dribbling non-stop! Fed up of changing dribble bibs a minimum of four times a day, I decided to make some that where more absorbent but still with lovely prints. As a full time stay at home mum, I thought I would start making super absorbent dribble bibs to sell as a way of bringing in extra money while being at home with Rory. When I started Handmade Hippo in October 2016, the only products I made were dribble bibs; since then I have added memory blankets, cushion covers and bunny ear teethers, teething necklaces, patterned Muslim swaddles, Christmas stockings, handmade aprons, reusable wipes, fabric crowns, craft kits, cushion covers and most recently handing wall banners to the range. Who knows what will be next?

Running (or crawling depending on how much sleep I've had) after a now very busy 4 year old with another toddler running about keeps me very busy during the day so most of my work is done after my kids go to bed or if my husband is at home. I will always try to answer messages as soon as I can but please be patient if you don't have a reply immediately.

Handmade Hippo uses patterned fabrics to create personal, beautiful accessories and keepsakes for your home, family and friends.

All items are handmade or designed from start to finish by myself (with a little help from my sewing machine) and come gift wrapped in lovely grey tissue paper or cotton gift bag as standard.

Unless otherwise specified, bib fronts are 100% cotton and backed with super soft bamboo towelling. All bibs are lined with organic bamboo fleece which naturally antibacterial and absorbent, making sure to keep your little dribbler dryer for longer. All bunny ear teethers are 100% cotton backed with bamboo towelling and wrapped round untreated beech rings making them a great alternative to plastic teethers. I have quite a large selection of fabrics but please contact me if you can't find exactly what you want and I will accommodate your needs if possible.

Memory blankets are lined with 100% cotton fleece and backed in super soft dimple fleece in a colour of your choice.

Shop members

  • Emma Hetherington

    Owner, Creator

    Fine Art graduate, wife and mother. I use personally selected patterned cottons to create unique, beautiful accessories and keepsakes for your home, family and friends.

Production partners

  • Bag makers

    United Kingdom

    Company that makes the bags that I hand-stamp with company logo for use as gift bags

  • Bakeful Play

    United Kingdom

    Creating beautiful resources for baking with little ones, Bakeful Play helps you create memories (and sweet treats) in a fun and fuss free way.

  • Frank the Sawfish

    United Kingdom

    A charming book written by Stephanie Matthews, Frank the Sawfish tells a lovely tale about finding finding your place in the world when you feel like you don't fit in

  • Hello Bee Box

    United Kingdom

    Hello Bee Box provides a gorgeous paint your own coral reef disc activity for your little ones

  • Fabric printers


    Muslin swaddle producer

Shop policies

Last updated on February 4, 2018
Thanks for visiting my shop! Here you will find beautiful handmade items for your home, family and friends. All items are handmade using patterned cottons personally selected by myself.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I take great care to photograph each item and I hope you’re happy with your order. If you wish to return an item please contact me within 2 days of receiving your purchase. Unused items may be returned within 10 days of delivery. No refunds or exchanges can be offered on used or washed items. I am unable to refund or exchange personalised items.

The buyer is responsible for the shipping costs of returning the item. Shipping fees are non-refundable.

Please use a secure shipping method to return your item and retain proof of postage.

Memory blankets and other personalised items cannot be returned, but if you’re unhappy with your items for any reason please get in touch.
I accept Paypal, Credit Cards and Etsy Gift Cards.
I ship from the UK through Royal Mail. Items are shipped to the address on your Etsy account. If you’d like your order shipped to a different address, please specify when you order.

Mainland UK orders, please get in touch if you need your order by a specific date and I will create a listing with recorded delivery for you.

Shipping times are an approximate and vary please kindly understand that once your order is shipped I cannot guarantee when it will arrive. Import customs, whereabouts in the country you are and national holidays can cause delay.

Orders are shipped within 3-5 business days unless otherwise stated.

International customers please note: Buyers are responsible for any customs fees that may be incurred.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are available depending on my current fabric stocks, please contact me if you have any requests. If required fabric is not in my current stocks I will do my best to source it for you.

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