My name is Wendy Tsao and I created Child’s Own Studio in 2007, after making a softie (my first ever) based on a sketch that my 4 year old son was constantly drawing.   It was a stick man with big round eyes and ten long wispy fingers and it was his self- portrait.   When my son saw the softie, he recognized it immediately and with so much excitement that I realized this is what I should be doing with my time and energy.   So I began a business making softies based on children’s drawings.  Since then, I’ve custom made almost 600 soft toys based on children’s drawings, each one as unique as the child who drew it.

In the beginning, I treated it as a business, which is fine.  And then one day, I started to receive a lot of attention and inquiries, as well as advice on how to grow the business (thank you for all the suggestions about Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den!).  But the thing is, I realized that Child’s Own Studio is not just a business for me; it’s really a craft.  On some days, when I’m good, it’s an art form.  And that’s where I want to be.  Making  good  art.

I am inspired by the child’s drawing, a wonderful expression of childhood.   Typically, a drawing is sent to me, and I decide if I can work with it.  (I normally work only with children’s drawings, hand-drawn and coloured).   There may be notes included with the drawing.   I may ask for clarification about some details.   And then I get to work, in my Vancouver studio.  The machine whirs, scissors snip, needles zip, and everything gets covered in fibrefill fluff.  Details and color choices are reproduced as closely as possible, and I may use some artistic licence – unless you specifically tell me not to. When I am happy with the finished softie, I take photos of it and send them to the customer, before shipping the softie to the young artist.

I love what I do.  I take pride in my work.  And I hope it shows.

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  1. This really is a lovely idea and you are so talented. I love seeing the drawings come to life. Beautiful!

  2. Your work is just amazing! I think this is the greatest idea! My children are grown but when grandchildren come along, I will remember this website and hope you are still creating.

  3. this is such an AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL thing!! how very very special this child’s toy will be to them! how unique and artistic!

  4. Hey!! I just Found your site!!
    This is seriously a cool idea!!
    not all kids care about drawing and all when they grow up, So these toys will definitely be a good memory for them. And sometimes kids have the best imagination

    And your toys look all exactly like the drawings!!


  5. Such a brilliant idea. The toys you make are unreal. Can’t wait until my son is old enough to draw properly so I can get him one made. Very well done :)

  6. I absolutely love your work on creating keepsakes out of children’s art. The creativity pours out of the kids into your creations. I’m tempted to run down into the crawlspace and look for my teenagers drawings from when she was little.
    Wow! Keep up the great work and I will start my search!

  7. This is absolutely the most brilliant and adorable thing that I’ve seen in a long time! Kudos to you!

  8. You have been blessed with a great talent…I to am a sewer your work is amazing. May God bless you and your family.

  9. I love your work!! I know you send all your creations to your customers but I could envision them all on display in an art gallery. They are fantastic!

  10. I just stumbled upon your site through a link on Pinterest. I was tearing up looking at the photos of all the wonderful creations you have made for some very lucky children! What a wonderful imagination they had to draw it and what a fabulous talent you have for bringing it to life! I think this is one of the sweetest, most rewarding jobs I have ever seen and you can see the love in your work. :)

  11. Wow! I am so impressed! I can’t wait until my kids are older and can draw real figures so we can order a toy from you. Great idea and great handiwork.

  12. could
    u please email me prices? =]
    *this is amaZing and i actualy want alot of them done!!!!!!

  13. Someone posted about your site on Pinterest and I am amazed! This is such a great and creative idea and all of your “softies” look identical to the childrens drawings! Great idea and I can’t wait until my son starts drawing so I can have one made for him.

  14. Saw this on Pinterest – it’s an wonderful idea! These kids must LOVE seeing their creations come to life, keep up the great work!

  15. Love it, I’m so impressed – amazingly original idea and the soft toys could each be sold around the world successfully – they are brilliantly made! Good luck and many blessings from a Sunny South Africa!

  16. wow these are amazing . i really hope you deliver to New Zealand because as soon as my daughter can draw something that isnt a shape or spiral i will be in contact . i absolutely love every single masterpiece you have made. you have an amazing talent .

  17. I cannot believe how amazing these are. What a great idea, and they all look SO good! Keep up the hard work:)

  18. What an amazing and original idea – i hope you have patented it!!! Love your honest blog too. Good luck with the business, you deserve very success!

  19. I’ve never commented on anything before in my life, but i will make an exception for this blog because it is truly inspired and furthermore, inspiring.

  20. You seem a little overwhelmed with your home-based business right now but wanted to take a moment to compliment you on the wonderful works of art you duplicate into 3D cuddle toys. Awesome work!!!!!!!

  21. I know you are extremely busy and I will try and hold off on sending you an email for a creation of my own. I am a parent of a murdered child. I still have drawings from my 4 year old son. I think if our worldwide group knew about you and what amazing crafts you create- it would boggle their minds and yours by the response you would receive! When you get to any sort of point where you would be ready for something like this, please email me and let me know. As much as it would shock me if and when I received a soft toy of yours, I think it would be a keepsake that would be dear to my heart for life. I wish I could express how amazing your ability is. The thought of my sons drawing coming to life baffles me. I have just spent the last few hours scrolling endlessly through your site. Please keep up the excellent work!

  22. I just saw one of your softies on pinterest and then came and looked at the others. I absolutely love what you do, when I was a kid I would have thought it was awesome for one of my drawing to “come to life.” I’m sure the kids all love them. You’re doing a great job, and I love your attention to detail! =) Toothless the dragon that you made and redid several times, looked AMAZING when you were done. Well done! It was worth it! =)

  23. Wow…I wish I had discovered you sooner…before everyone else did too! lol! I’m searching thru all my daughter’s drawings, trying to decide on the right one to submit. Once I decide, I will happily wait…because you are so talented, and it will be so worth it!

  24. I don’t have a child but just looking through your flickr made me smile SO MUCH!! Brought me pure joy… and I’m 26! I can’t imagine how happy it would make a child.

  25. You truly have a gift! This is amazing work. The very best of luck and well wishes to you!

  26. Love love love your creations! Wish i could come help you . . . I’m a bit of a pickypants myself – I think we’d get along just fine, and I’d help pick up your craft room, with a smile :) Beautiful work!

  27. This is amazing! You have certainly found your calling making many boys and girls happy. You are so talented and I love your inspiration. Wishing you much success!

  28. What an amazing artist you are, both in talent and creativity! I am thankful only that my son is not yet able to draw anything recognizable…it will be at least a year before I will be placing an order…hopefully you will be able to work through your backlog by then :) Best of luck to you as you deal with this huge wave of positive attention!

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  30. I submitted your website to Betterlivingthroughdesign.com
    you deserve more attention!
    What a fantastic idea!!! my four year old will flip if he sees his drawings come alive!

  31. this is absolutely fantastic! congratulations!! and i’ll definitely order a plush with you as soon as my niece starts drawing! great, thank you for doing something like this that nourishes the imagination of kids and the dreams of making them come true!