Colourful children's clothes and personalised gifts

Cambridge, United Kingdom | 302 Sales


Colourful children's clothes and personalised gifts

Cambridge, United Kingdom 302 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars

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TheDaphneTree is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Hi! I'm on a short break but will be back in a couple of weeks, see you soon! :)

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Oct 25, 2018

Hi! I'm on a short break but will be back in a couple of weeks, see you soon! :)


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I've been making all kinds of special birthday custom orders! Remember I can have a go at making whatever they're into, gringrin
New for 2017! I'll be adding one of a kind customised denim items! Jackets, jeans, dresses, all embroidered, embellished and patched to look colourful and funky! And the best bit? The proceeds from these items will be going to "Doctors Without Borders"yellow_heart
I've a couple of bright unicorn t-shirts under way! I love these as they're different every time! grin
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You name it, I'll stitch it!

Textiles from The Daphne Tree are sourced from here in the UK, no cruelty or poor conditions involved. I draw up my ideas in my little home studio with a cup of tea by my side, and then stitch away, sometimes with my little girl Daphne or my cheeky cat popping in to give me their opinion.

As a child I loved reading books like The Faraway Tree and Swallows and Amazons, and making up stories and drawing characters. As an adult, I teach in SEN part time and run my Etsy shop and sew sew sew :)

So here I am with my colourful threads and buttons, piles of bright fabric, just waiting for you to ask me to create something new. Almost everything I do is customised/personalised, and hearing about a youngster who loves trains and wants pink ones on her t-shirt motivates me, because I can do that!
It may seem small, but I can sew these things especially for them, and I remember every single one.

My Facebook page is, and I'm TheDaphneTree on Instagram

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Shop members

  • Nic

    Owner, Maker

    Hello! I'm Nic and I live with a small girl, a tall man, a mischievous cat and several fish. As a child I was obsessed with reading books and drawing, and as a "grown up" I customise kids clothes!

  • Daphne

    Product Tester

    I like to demand certain designs on my clothing, such as "a kangaroo with a proper pouch and joey" or a "pink robot". Then I test the t-shirts by spilling spaghetti all over them, and fill the bags with raisins and crayons.

Production partners

  • T-shirt manufacturer

    United Kingdom

    Manufactures blank kidswear

Shop policies

Last updated on February 4, 2016
It has been a dream to have my own shop, so I'm doing everything I can to make it a great experience for you too! I buy materials from the UK and hand or machine sew the designs myself. Each item will probably be a one off.
It makes me so happy to hear of children and adults who are excited about their new t-shirts, so do let me know what you think, and photos are of course always welcome!

If you have a question, ask away.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If an item is lost in the post it is usually the responsibility of the postal service and I will chase it up with them. Tracked delivery can be worth it if you are risk-averse.

If an item does not live up to your expectations for any reason, get in touch and I will try my best to put things right. I want the recipient to be happy with their gift.
Paypal is preferred but please let me know if you'd like to make other arrangements. I require payment before starting on an order.
I will always go for the fastest economy option on delivery so that we can both save money. However if you need an extra fast delivery or a tracked postage, this is also available.

I usually go for first class postage in the UK, and economy overseas, if you would prefer tracked/signed for delivery let me know as soon as possible and I will adjust the price for you.

PLEASE please make sure your address is correct on Etsy, I cannot take responsibility for parcels sent to a wrong address I am given.

Although times to make tshirts are stated as 2-3 weeks, this is usually just during busy times or if I need to find specific materials. Generally your item will be with you within 10 days.

Let me know when you need your item by and I can rush it through, I can be very accommodating! :)
Additional policies and FAQs
I will usually reply to questions and convos within 24hours, I am based in the UK.

As items are almost always one-offs, the designs can occasionally contain a fabric or thread that hasn't been used before. I always wash and prepare materials but if for any reason something does not wash well, please get in touch and I will make a replacement.

The nature of my stitching means that appliqués can have unfinished edges and some may fray slightly over repeated washing- this is intentional and part of the "look" I am a fan of. My own daughter has many of these tops and they withstand washing well and I think they look even better as they age!
If you're more a fan of neat, pristine edges, please let me know and I can work something out (it takes a bit longer but is doable! :))

Please bear in mind I have to order t-shirts if I do not have a size in stock which can take about 5 days, then the sewing itself can take up to a week. Let me know if you're in a rush and I can let you know what's possible :)