Where do stuffies come from?

Fur-Bearer Defenders Stuffies
Where do babies come from, Mom?

It’s an endearing question that all parents must one day face. Thankfully, we don’t have children; we have stuffies. And we’ve got a great answer to the question, “Where do stuffies come from?”

Alina Matvejane, a Russian Latvian, makes each of our stuffies by hand (hence our limited stock). Alina is a cook by trade, but with her first baby on the way – tentatively due January 2014 – she’s been spending time cooking for her family and making our wonderful stuffies.

“I always loved soft toys for kids,” Alina told us. “About a year ago I started to learn how to stitch and sew – I love making things for the house. It’s my hobby and now I’m making little, soft, colourful educational toys for children.”

Alina chose to make animals for the same reason we wanted to share them with all of you – she loves them!

“I love animals and how they look,” she explained. “They give us a lot of positive emotions.

“I think [APFA] is doing a good and noble job,” she added. “I am happy when I see the successes of your organization because you’re bringing good things for our planet, compared to the commercialism that destroys nature.”

Not only does Alina make the stuffies for APFA, she creates custom made stuffies for mobiles, fridges or even chalkboards. One recent order was for the characters from The Chronicles of Narnia. She soon will be introducing alphabet letters and numbers, too.

Check out some of the other stuffies Alina makes – and visit our store to get the APFA series today! All of our products are sourced and made from organic or animal-free materials (acrylic felt, for the stuffies).

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