Announcement   Please contact me before placing a custom order! All sales benefit children's charities. 60+ toys. Ask for info. Free Gift Wrap for Xmas!

*Design your dream plush!* I specialize in custom-designed toys, including those with cochlear implants, hearing aids, diabetes pumps, afos leg braces, g-peg feeding tubes, limb differences, birth marks, trach tubes and more. Got a favorite character? Superman, Star Wars, Doctor Who, & Disney print options from 80+fabrics. Add a custom name, photo patch, or pet paw print.

Free gift wrapping upon request. International orders happily accepted...please let me know if you're outside the USA so I can give you an accurate processing time.

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Last updated on 26 Oct, 2017

Please contact me before placing a custom order! All sales benefit children's charities. 60+ toys. Ask for info. Free Gift Wrap for Xmas!

*Design your dream plush!* I specialize in custom-designed toys, including those with cochlear implants, hearing aids, diabetes pumps, afos leg braces, g-peg feeding tubes, limb differences, birth marks, trach tubes and more. Got a favorite character? Superman, Star Wars, Doctor Who, & Disney print options from 80+fabrics. Add a custom name, photo patch, or pet paw print.

Free gift wrapping upon request. International orders happily accepted...please let me know if you're outside the USA so I can give you an accurate processing time.

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Celebrating What Makes You Unique! Handmade Custom Toys

Exceedingly awesome handmade stuffed animals for today's kids (and cool grown-ups)! I specialize in custom plush items, including toys with medical adaptations like hearing aids. Need a plush of your store logo or child's drawing? I do that, too!

Let's celebrate what makes you unique!

My modern designs and fantastic fleece fabrics ensure you always bring home a new best friend. Quality craftsmanship means your toy can go along on many adventures, and even get washed afterwards. Skip, hop, or jump over to the "Policies" link for more about my philosophy, charity work, and totally happy products.

I'm Gwen, your toymaker and hedgehog wrangler, here to tell you about Happy Hedgehog Toys.

Happy Hedgehog Toys are handmade, start-to-finish, by an experienced toymaker (me!) with years of toy selling experience. Each toy is one-of-a-kind; even toys made with the same fabrics will have variations in print or facial features.

MEET YOUR TOYMAKER
I started making Waldorf toys in my teens and have loved it every since. Toy-making isn't my full-time job (or even a part-time job), but it's my passion and I fit it in whenever I can. I've been selling toys since 2001 and have never had an unhappy customer. In fact, I have repeat customers that have become friends. I love the online sewing & maker community, and I'm always looking for new techniques, patterns, and fabrics.

MY PROCESS
My favorite part of the toy-making process (besides getting feedback photos!), is picking out fabrics to suit particular toys. I've always loved combining colors and patterns in interesting ways. I make sure that every piece of fabric I cut is centered to showcase the best part of a fabric, even if that means I have some large-ish scraps! My toys are made in a smoke-free home. I do have a cat, but she is banned from the frequently cleaned sewing studio. All of my fabrics and finished toys are stored in airtight bins.

WHY HAPPY HEDGEHOG TOYS ARE SPECIAL
I make toys that can sit on your shelf and lovingly supervise your home, provide needed cuddles, or become stars in favorite playtime activities. All seams are double-stitched for durability. I'm a perfectionist, so I won't sell a toy I wouldn't give to my best friend or keep for myself. I only use high-quality materials, from patterns, to fabrics, to the thread itself.

Everyone says my toys have special personalities that "pop" as soon as you see them or hold them. I regularly hand-embroider the faces (though plastic eyes are available if you prefer, for ages 3+), which I think is somewhat becoming a lost art. Whenever adults (not just kids) see my toys in person, they always give them a hug, and that make me feel great! About 1/3 of my plush toys are sold to adults, specifically for adults. So go ahead, get yourself a stuffed toy!

CUSTOM ORDERS
I love doing custom orders, talking to my customers, and especially hearing from customers years later about how the toy I made has become an integral part of a child or family's life. If you've always wanted a pink zebra, a purple hippo in a tutu, or a monkey dressed as a pirate, let's make that happen! I've got loads of patterns, from life-size baby dolls to platypuses, and over 80 fabrics for you to view.

If you'd like a custom toy to match a store logo or drawing, I'm happy to work with you on that, too.

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Last updated on 26 October, 2017
Welcome! I'm so happy you're here!

I'm Gwen, your toymaker and hedgehog wrangler, here to tell you about Happy Hedgehog Toys.

Happy Hedgehog Toys are handmade, start-to-finish, by an experienced toymaker (me!) with years of toy selling experience. Each toy is one-of-a-kind; even toys made with the same fabrics will have variations in print or facial features.

MEET YOUR TOYMAKER
I started making Waldorf toys in my teens and have loved it every since. Toy-making isn't my full-time job (or even a part-time job), but it's my passion and I fit it in whenever I can. I've been selling toys since 2001 and have never had an unhappy customer. In fact, I have repeat customers that have become friends. I love the online sewing & maker community, and I'm always looking for new techniques, patterns, and fabrics.

MY PROCESS
My favorite part of the toy-making process (besides getting feedback photos!), is picking out fabrics to suit particular toys. I've always loved combining colors and patterns in interesting ways. I make sure that every piece of fabric I cut is centered to showcase the best part of a fabric, even if that means I have some large-ish scraps! My toys are made in a smoke-free home. I do have a cat, but she is banned from the frequently cleaned sewing studio. All of my fabrics and finished toys are stored in airtight bins.

WHY HAPPY HEDGEHOG TOYS ARE SPECIAL
I make toys that can sit on your shelf and lovingly supervise your home, provide needed cuddles, or become stars in favorite playtime activities. All seams are double-stitched for durability. I'm a perfectionist, so I won't sell a toy I wouldn't give to my best friend or keep for myself. I only use high-quality materials, from patterns, to fabrics, to the thread itself.

Everyone says my toys have special personalities that "pop" as soon as you see them or hold them. I regularly hand-embroider the faces (though plastic eyes are available if you prefer, for ages 3+), which I think is somewhat becoming a lost art. Whenever adults (not just kids) see my toys in person, they always give them a hug, and that make me feel great! About 1/3 of my plush toys are sold to adults, specifically for adults. So go ahead, get yourself a stuffed toy!

CUSTOM ORDERS
I love doing custom orders, talking to my customers, and especially hearing from customers years later about how the toy I made has become an integral part of a child or family's life. If you've always wanted a pink zebra, a purple hippo in a tutu, or a monkey dressed as a pirate, let's make that happen! I've got loads of patterns, from life-size baby dolls to platypuses, and over 70 fabrics for you to view.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Please hit the contact button if you have any problems. Refunds are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
***PLEASE do not purchase a custom listing without contacting me first. Toys that are ready to ship immediately are marked READY TO SHIP in the listing title.***

Item not as described:
If the item you receive is not as described or has defects (a broken seam, etc), you will receive a full refund and I will pay the return shipping charges. You must submit a photo of any product defect within 3 days of receipt. I've never had this happen in 10 years of selling, so don't worry, it probably won't happen.

Returns on custom items are NOT accepted unless a defect is present.

Cancellations:
Please contact me first if you have questions, as cancelling an order costs me a relisting fee, and with profits going to charity, every dollar counts! Orders cancelled within 6 hours of purchase will receive a full refund. If you have a different cancellation concern, please contact me.
If you cancel beyond 6 hours, I may need to charge a restocking fee.

Repairs & Toy Hospital:
Happy Hedgehog toys are sewn to withstand regular gentle play activities. If your beloved toy meets with an accident (or an over-excited dog who likes toys, too) I may be able to repair it. Prices are subject to the extent of the damage. I'm happy to provide advice for cleaning your toy or making small repairs yourself.
Payment
Please remit payment within 72 hours, or you order may be cancelled. If something comes up and you encounter a problem, let me know so I can keep your order open.
Shipping
Non-custom orders will ship 1 to 2 business days after payment. Contact me if you need rush delivery and I will let you know if it's possible.
Custom orders each have a specific timetable, agreed upon before purchase.

Combined shipping rates are available in checkout for multiple item purchases.

I'm happy to help you select the cheapest shipping method.

I accept international orders.
Additional policies and FAQs
FREE GIFT WRAP *Special Offer*
I currently have a special for free gift wrap, a $3 value. Upon request, your toy comes gift-wrapped with a personal note.
*I can also include a blank gift enclosure card and envelope so you can write your own message.
*Invoices are sent via etsy email, so you can have a gift mailed right to the recipient and expect lots of smiles when it is opened.

CUSTOM ORDERS
I love custom orders and would be happy to discuss toy options (60+ animals and dolls) and fabric options (80+ choices) with you. Production time varies based on the toy itself and the waiting list.


REPAIRS AND TOY HOSPITAL
Happy Hedgehog toys are sewn to withstand regular gentle play activities (no tug-of-war, please, they don't like that game!). If your beloved toy meets with an accident (or an over-excited dog who likes toys, too) I may be able to repair it. Prices are subject to the extent of the damage, and you'll receive photo updates and a certificate of health. I'm happy to provide advice for cleaning your toy or making small repairs yourself. If you have a toy that you did not purchase from me that needs hospital care, I may be able to help with that, too.

WASHING YOUR TOY
Most Happy Hedgehog toys may be easily cleaned. Spot cleaning is best for a stain, but please blot, don't rub; your toy's fleece may pill if you rub during stain removal. For a general cleaning, hand-wash in cold water with Downey or a gentle laundry detergent (use an Oxy product if you feel the toy needs it). Let the toy air dry, preferably in the sun (the sun method alone can kill lots of germs!), or tumble dry on a "no heat" setting (that's really important!).

Please note that your toy may contain specialized washing instructions in the sale listing. Let me know if you have a specific cleaning question. Many fleece toys are machine washable!