Mio Mucaro, Etsy, handmade toys, handmade dolls, stuffed toys, superhero, animal toy, small business, handmade, cotton, water based ink, printing, Erika Nazario, soft toys, softies,made in USA

Nazario has enjoyed sewing for more than 20 years and studied fashion design in college, but the Mio MĂșcaro range came about when her son was a baby and she wanted to make something original and durable that he could play with. Her first doll designs were Super Hero No.1, the Fox and the Owl. After drafting the designs, she sent them to be printed onto fabric by a digital textile printing company. She then made plush toys for her son using the pre-printed fabric. She made some more dolls for her nieces and the project snowballed from there, with requests for toys coming from friends and family.

RELATED | Kids Can Create Their Own Cloth Dolls with Elf Pop’s Sweet Sewing Patterns

Now expanded to a range that includes dozens of designs and variations, Mio MĂșcaro Creatures are made with 100% cotton fabric, which is custom printed using eco-friendly, water-based inks. The dolls are hand-stuffed with non-allergenic 100% polyester fibers and sewn together by Nazario in her Brooklyn home. Because of the individual hand-worked attention the toys receive, each one is unique. The designer says, “My process begins with a hand draw of the design I have in mind. Then, I design my fabric and send it to print here in the USA. When the fabric arrives, I cut every piece and sew everything together.”

When it comes to caring for the toys, Nazario recommends spot cleaning. Caped toys are not recommended for children under three years of age, but all other toys are suitable for all ages if very young children are supervised. Each doll measures around 10.5 inches x 5 inches (26.7 cm x 12.7 cm) and smaller versions measuring 7 inches x 3 inches (17.8 cm x 7.6 cm) are sometimes available or can be ordered. Custom orders can also be made if you would like a doll with different hair or skin color than currently available, or would like a sold out doll design. Custom orders take between four and six weeks. Prices for regular dolls range from $37.50 to $50 each.

RELATED | Miss Possible Dolls Teach Girls They Can Change the World through Math and Science

+ Mio MĂșcaro

Photos by Mio MĂșcaro on Etsy