The art of softie-making with children's drawings


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are you still making softies from children’s drawings?

R.  Yes, I am!  

Q. How much does it cost?

R. I charge $250** plus shipping for a custom softie based on a child’s drawing.   Shipping charges (postage and handling) are $25 for a tracked parcel for Canadian and U.S. destinations, and for international destinations, a shipping quote will be supplied.  All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.  **Prices are subject to change.

Q. How do I get on the wait list?

R. About once a year, I open a wait list.  On Saturday, June 28th, 2014, I opened a new wait list and it got filled really fast!      I do not accept individual requests to be added to a wait list.   If you subscribed or signed up to this website, it does NOT mean you have signed up to a wait list; it means you will receive emails whenever I post something new on my website, like this one.

Q. What makes Child’s Own Studio unique?

R.  Your child’s softie will be designed and handmade exclusively by me, Wendy Tsao, who started working with this unique idea in 2007.   Child’s Own Studio has since inspired many other craftspeople and businesses around the world to start making softies with children’s drawings (which is a good thing!).  As more and more people enter the supply pool, the more the crafter’s pricing needs to reflect their experience and value.  I value my work – my unique interpretation style and my skill- and I hope you do too!

Q. How do I get on the SOFTIEMAKER SHOWCASE?

R.  If you are a softie maker wishing to advertise your services on the Showcase, there is an application form on the Softiemaker Showcase page, at the bottom: “Click here to add your business”.   Please read the Terms of Use.

Q. How big is the Child’s Own softie?

R. It varies, but they’re usually around 14″-17″ inches long.

Q. What are the toys made of?

R.  I use a wide range of fabrics that include cotton solids and prints, fleece and “Minky” fabric.  They are filled with polyester fibres.   I use only new material.

 Q. Will you make me my very own Calvin and Hobbes?

R. No.  Although I have occasionally in the past, I will no longer make trademarked characters.  Sorry!

Q. Do you take any drawing?

R.  No.  While there is no age limit,  I have a strong preference for children’s hand-drawn and hand-coloured, original artwork.  When I see the drawing, I will let you know if I am able to work with it or not.   

Q. How do you clean the soft toys?

R. It’s best to spot clean them. Use a damp face cloth and blot out stains.