handmade gifts & appliqued clothing for kids

Austin, Texas

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~ September 14, 2009 ~
Hello and thanks for your interest in The Snuggle Herd! My name is Beth Hempton & unique, whimsical, earth-friendly kid stuff is my specialty. My stuffed animals are all based on my own designs & technique. Paper goods feature my own original illustrations. Please respect the fact that my designs are copyright-protected and do not invite bad craft karma into your life by copying my work. ; )

* * * Super-cute & GREEN to boot! * * *
Snuggle Herd toys are made from upcycled, snuggly-soft cotton t-shirts. I gather them at thrift stores, looking for the ones that have a stain or an undesirable "Fun Run" type of slogan. I don't want to cut up the shirts that are still perfectly wearable, just the ones that are destined for scrap material or the landfill. Snuggle Herd soft toys are one-of-a-kind and built to last. They’re machine-stitched except for the gap left for stuffing, stuffed very tightly, and then carefully hand-stitched closed. Tails are glued and sewn on. All faces are hand-embroidered to prevent choking hazards. Every effort is taken to use up scrap materials and leftovers to prevent waste. Animals' manes are cut from the seam allowances of t-shirts; fabric scraps become the spots or tail of a giraffe or colorful ears on an elephant. Best of all, all Snuggle Herd toys can be machine-washed!

The toys are stuffed with shredded wool fiber from unwanted sweaters, made by Washtucna Fiber Regeneration in Washtucna, WA. So all-in-all, these toys are made from about 90% recycled materials! Only the thread, embroidery floss, lining adhered to the t-shirt material, & some printed fabrics used for small details are new. Not to worry though, the used materials are all carefully washed & odor-free!

Aside from being earth-friendly, I also strive to support other small businesses & charities when I can. I am proud that I have created a product that relies on used materials bought from organizations that donate millions to charities & do a world of good! Here are my two favorite suppliers:

All Snuggle Herd products are handcrafted in a smoke-free, one-cat home studio in Austin, TX. Kitty cat is not allowed to frolic in the fabric. Even so, please consider washing our toys and clothing before giving them to someone with pet allergies.

Baby clothing from The Snuggle Herd is appliquéd with cute animal designs made of t-shirt remnants from our toys and other fabric scraps. Details are hand-embroidered for a unique look. We use clothing blanks from American Apparel, a top-notch manufacturing company that handles every aspect of their business in their own L.A. factory with no out-sourcing, and provides fair wages and nice benefits to their employees.

Ready-to-Color greeting cards are perfect for the creative kid (or adult) in your life! They’re totally customizable - color, collage, stamp, sticker or draw on them to your heart’s delight, then add your own message (our cards are always blank inside). Snuggle Herd greeting cards and envelopes are made of recycled/recyclable paper.

Please feel free to convo me at any time with comments or questions - I'd love to hear from you!



Yes, I gladly do wholesale orders! Please contact me for more information, and include a link to your shop's website if available. Thank you for your interest in my products!

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Returns and exchanges
1) My general return policy is to allow only exhanges; no refunds, unless there is an error on my part. Excepting errors on my part, the customer must pay all applicable shipping charges.

2) Returns are only allowed within 30 days of purchase, and only if the item shows no sign of use.

3) Returns are allowed only on regular items, never on custom orders.
The Snuggle Herd accepts PayPal only. Payment is due at time of order. Payment must be received within 24 hours or the order will be canceled.

I understand that sometimes it may be necessary for you to cancel an order for whatever reason. If so, please convo me as soon as possible to let me know. As long as you notify me within 48 hours of placing your order, I will be happy to cancel the order & refund your payment. Please understand that I cannot cancel & refund your payment 48 hours or more AFTER placing the order, as your item may already be on its merry little way to your house. {EXCEPTION: During the month of December, orders will be shipped out the same day when possible, & therefore cannot be canceled!}

8.25% SALES TAX...will be charged for fellow Texans, automatically calculated through PayPal. Sorry y'all, but it's the law!
1) Orders are shipped 2-4 business days after your cleared payment, unless they are custom orders (see below).

2) In the U.S., all toy & clothing orders are shipped using USPS Priority Mail, with delivery confirmation at no extra charge. Insurance is available for an extra cost; contact me for details. (I can not offer a refund for items damaged in shipping, so please consider buying the USPS insurance. I package items carefully, but accidents do happen.)

3) In the U.S., orders consisting only of paper goods (greeting cards, prints) are shipped by USPS First Class Mail.

4) International shipping is available for all orders; please contact me for details and a price quote. It is much more efficient & accurate for me to do international shipping quotes on an as-needed basis.

~~~~ GIFTING INFO ~~~~

If you’re purchasing a gift, I can ship it directly to the recipient, with pretty gift wrap and a message from you, at no extra charge! Just let me know the details in the “notes to seller” on your Etsy order.
Additional policies and FAQs


I love doing custom work and welcome your ideas! Please use the "Request Custom Item" link to tell me what you'd like.

1) All custom orders require a small additional fee to cover the materials and labor expenses associated with creating a one-off item. The fees are as follows:

***$4 in addition to the item price if the custom order involves a pre-existing Snuggle Herd design made from different fabric than that which is currently offered (in other words, a different color combination).

***$10 in addition to the item price if the custom order requires original art &/or an original toy pattern. Original art & toy patterns are defined as any design that is not currently offered for sale by The Snuggle Herd.

2) Please allow 4-6 weeks delivery for custom orders. In most cases it will not take that long, but please be understanding if it does. Each item is handmade and I am a one-woman-show so I appreciate your patience!

3) Custom orders are non-returnable and no refunds can be given on custom orders. Rest assured though, that I will be in close contact with you to work out the details, sending a photo of your chosen fabrics and/or a mock-up of the design to make sure you are happy with it before I go through with making it.

4) All rights to original art &/or toy patterns created for custom orders belong exclusively to The Snuggle Herd. The Snuggle Herd reserves the right to reuse custom art &/or toy patterns for other Snuggle Herd products at our discretion.