Making the world a happier place one critter at a time.

Xenia, Ohio · 166 Sales


Making the world a happier place one critter at a time.

Xenia, Ohio 166 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Last updated on Jan 3, 2018

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Karen Knapp

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

Lorr on Jan 4, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

So cute! And so well made! He shipped safely and swiftly and I just couldn't be happier!

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Why "Tindle Bears"?

When my son was about 2 (he's now 14!) he began to ask me to make him a teddy bear. He couldn't quite say "teddy" so it came out more like treddle...then tiddle....until it was whittled down into Tindle. So when I sat down to start my business and I needed a good original name, I thought "how perfect is that?!".

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  • Karen Knapp

    Owner, Creator, Customer Service

    I've been making artist teddy bears for about 12 years. I have been sewing since I was a teenager. I LOVE going to shows and seeing the smiles and laughter my bears inspire.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 3, 2018
I produce only the warmest hugs and friendliest faces for you to come home to.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 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 personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
It's my goal to make you a happy customer, even if for some reason you need to return the bear, I want it to be a no-stress transaction. I will refund the purchase price (not shipping) when the bear gets back to me and if the bear can be sold again and is in pristine condition. Most of it is a case by case basis and so far I haven't had any returns :) I also do repair work as well.
I do take payments! I can set up a payment plan for you for any bear over $100.00.
Just message me and I can set you up :)
I can tuck your bear in his box and send him on his way as soon as payment is received. My bears love to travel :)
Shipping cost always includes insurance! International orders please contact me first for rates, I'm not familiar with international customs so please ask your post office first, as some of my larger bears can have a hefty customs. Thanks so much!!!
Additional policies and FAQs

Why can't my child play with your bears?
Tindle Bears are artist teddy bears made specifically for adult collectors or older teens. They are weighted for a heavier feel. Their jointed limbs can not support the weight during the rigors of play. Every Tindle Bear also has small parts and fine details that are not meant to be stressed during playtime activities. For the safety of your child I advise against giving your Tindle Bear to anyone under the age of 15 or 16.

Why are they so expensive?
Several reasons!
A lot of time goes into creating each bear individually. It can take upwards of 16 hours to make a single large Tindle Bear. There is no assembly line in my studio.
Each pattern was drafted and tested before it became a viable product. Plus, you won't find these bears anywhere else as I do not sell my patterns.
I use premium supplies to bring you the highest quality artist teddy bear.
You're not just paying for a bear, you're paying for an heirloom piece of hand crafted art, quality materials and hours of labor.

Did you make them yourself?
YES!!! I make each Tindle Bear from start to finish! Each different design you see is a different pattern that began as concept art. The concept art was then adapted into a paper pattern that has been tested and tried to perfection. Most of the accessories that come with your Tindle Bear were also handmade by me.

Are you an eco friendly studio?
YES! When shipping products, we often reuse packaging. I also use a lot of repurposed fabrics, and throws. The felt I use in my shop is 100% recycled spun plastic bottles.

Do you do custom orders?
Yes and no. Yes, I can make a custom order during the off season.
Unfortunately I am not able to take custom orders during the peak times of September through Christmas.

Where else can I find updates on your work?
Visit our website at www.tindlebears.com
Like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tindlebears
We are also on Pinterest, Twitter and Flickr
You can also email us anytime at tindlebears [!at] yahoo.com

Do you ship internationally?
Absolutely! Contact me with your city and post code so that I can get you a quote. Be advised though, I am not familiar with the customs fees internationally so be sure to check with your post office as to what charges you might be responsible for. I have sent many bears internationally and know there can be high fees on your end.

Where are you from?
I live in Xenia, Ohio in the United States. With my wonderful husband, son, dogs and cat.