Custom Plush Design and Production

Due to the large number of inquiries I have received lately, I will unfortunately not be able to take on any new custom plush clients in 2011.  Thank you all for your interest and support.  I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Frequently asked questions about Custom Plush:

How much does it cost to have my design turned into a toy?

Prototyping: Pattern-making is billed at $60/hr. and all production coordination is billed at $30/hr. plus the cost of materials.  Prototyping can take anywhere from 2-40 hours depending on the complexity of the piece.

Manufacturing: the cost of manufacturing typically runs between $6-$15 per toy, depending on the toy’s size and complexity.  This includes labor, stuffing/filler, standard tags/labels, and standard bags/shipping boxes.  The cost of fabric, ocean freight, customs, special packaging and testing are extra.  Please contact me for specific estimates.

Is there a minimum number of toys I need to have made?

For large-scale manufacturing, the minimum number of toys is 300 of the same shape (though you can have multiple colors).  The minimum order for each color of fabric is typically 300 yards, since most fabrics are dyed to match your chosen Pantone color.

For prototyping or very small-scale production, there are no minimums since this is billed at the hourly rates listed above.

What are the typical turnaround times?

The turnaround time for prototyping is typically 4-6 weeks, depending on the number of revisions.  You can expect a turnaround of 3-4 months for overseas manufacturing (including shipping and customs).  I recommend budgeting 6 months minimum for a full project to allow for revisions and other unpredictable delays.

Can I get toys that are safe for children, responsibly made and eco-friendly?

Yes!  I only work with facilities that are CARE-certified (sweatshop-free) and comply with all child-safety and environmental protection laws.  In addition, organic fabrics, and fabrics, dyes and stuffing made from recycled materials are available.  For an extra fee, your toys can be tested for CPSIA or international safety standards certification.