Sleepy King was born in late 2008 after I spent hours searching online for modern soft animal toys for my newborn son. I couldn’t find a *single* toy like the ones I had invisioned in my mind. I wanted simple, modern soft animals made of high quality fabric in unique colors. I didn’t want another mass produced toy - I wanted something completely unique and it just wasn’t out there (hard to believe now in 2018!). So I decided to create the toys myself, with no sewing experience whatsoever!
I bought the most affordable sewing machine I could find and I got to work. I browsed through my mountain of sketchbooks for animal ideas and started drafting my first pattern designs. My first three designs were a little red fox named Liam, a cat (sad cat with a gold chain, to be exact) and two squirrels (Bon Bon and Belchick). I ran to the thrift store and found my material.. a men’s wool blazer for the squirrels, a red wool sweater for the fox, and yellow floral cotton for the cat. I went home and made the animals as quickly as I could (I was very excited) and I made a lot of mistakes. After a lot of trial and error I finally created something resembling the animals I had in mind. Friends and family loved the animals I was making and they urged me to open a shop on Etsy, so after some time I did!
I opened my first shop in May 2009 and it took off faster than I *ever* though it would.
Fast forward to 2018 and I am still here making every single Sleepy King animal by myself and I’m loving every minute of it. Sleepy King animals have evolved a bit... (as all art does) and they finally look like the animals I had invisioned originally!
I will share more of my plush animal making journey soon xx