The Art of Toys

Wielding only a needle and thread, seamstress Wendy Tsao makes children's drawings come alive with stunning accuracy in her toy art.

Interview by Alison Caporimo from Reader's Digest Magazine | June 2012
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    Wendy Tsao, who displays and sells her handiwork on her blog, Child's Own Studio, made her first "softie" in 2007 based on her young son's self-portrait.

    Since then, the muralist-turned crafter has received hundreds of requests to turn characters from children's drawings—curious-looking stick figures, fairy princesses, bunnies with massive ears, and more—into soft, squeezeable dolls (prices start at $90).

    "It takes me one to two days to make one. I am most interested and inspired by young children's drawings because these charming drawings are wonderfully revealing of the simple desires and spirit of the child," says Tsao.

    "There are different ways to interpret or realize 'squiggles and lines'," she continues," and I will take different approaches, depending how I feel that day. That's the fun, creative part of the process for me."

    Though she won't pick a favorite work for herself, Tsao says others certainly do.

    "Everyone has different favorites. This craft really shows how art, even children's art, is subjective and creates different responses to them," says Tsao.

    "As a child, I drew all the time and thought I was going to be an artist when I grew up," says Tsao. "So, I can relate to what children feel when they draw, and when I see their drawings, I just want to celebrate them."

    Your Comments

    • Saba

      This is the cutest most interesting thing I’ve ever seen. Even the wierdest creepiest pictures become cute when they’re made into these dolls. She probably has magic sewing machine or hands.  The dolls are just incredible.

    • Saba

      This is the cutest most interesting thing I’ve ever seen. Even the wierdest creepiest pictures become cute when they’re made into these dolls. She probably has magic sewing machine or hands.  The dolls are just incredible.

    • Saba

      This is the cutest most interesting thing I’ve ever seen. Even the wierdest creepiest pictures become cute when they’re made into these dolls. She probably has magic sewing machine or hands.  The dolls are just incredible.

    • Funnykimmi

      I think it artistic and creative to make children’s drawing into toys. I love the way she made and exact replica of the drawing. I also amazed the she could had even made toys based on pictures. If you look on the website that is posted there are more pictures of the toys.

      I’m glad that I read this article. This website posted showed more of the toys and you could submit a picture of what you want her to create. these toys are amazing! :)