Have you ever fallen in love with a fabulous sweater, worn it a few times and then something dreadful happens — a pull, a snag, a stray pen, an ill-fated glass of red wine -- and in a moment, what you hoped would be a long romance is over before it began? We certainly have.
Now imagine that treasured sweater you reluctantly parted with reborn as something soft, warm and wonderfully long lasting. Say hello to Sweater Toys' beautiful bunny.
Founder Caitlin Wicker began making Sweater Toys six years ago, following the passing of her sister's beloved stuffed bunny, Pinksey. She is inspired by vintage stuffed animals, whose imperfections give them character. Caitlin makes her whimsical toys from her home in Brooklyn, New York.
Caitlin tries to use mostly recycled materials in her designs - from that oh-so-soft cashmere sweater she accidentally shrunk, to Grandma's moth-eaten cardigan. She likes the idea of giving new life to something that was once loved, so that it can be loved again! She gets her sweaters through donations from friends, family, and customers, as well as through thrift store purchases, washes them, and transforms them by hand into her adorable toys. The Lila Mae line of Sweater Toys is stuffed with either 100% cotton or bamboo fiber, making them not only fluffy and cuddly, but also green!