Mio MĂșcaro Creatures are an adorable range of high-quality handcrafted soft toys, designed by Erika Nazario and sold via Etsy. The range includes woodland creatures, pirates, superheroes and fun figures such as Strawberry Boy and Pineapple Girl.Â The range has grownÂ out of custom toys Nazario made for her young son and each piece is lovingly hand-crafted to make for a long-lasting and treasured companion for children of all ages.
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 durableÂ 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.Â 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.
Now expanded to a range that includes dozens of designs and variations, Mio MĂșcaro Creatures are made with 100% cotton fabric, which isÂ custom printed usingÂ eco-friendly, water-based inks. The dolls areÂ hand-stuffed with non-allergenic 100% polyester fibers and sewn togetherÂ by Nazario in her Brooklyn home.Â Because of the individual hand-worked attention theÂ 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 aroundÂ 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 andÂ six weeks. Prices for regular dolls range from $37.50 to $50 each.
Photos by Mio MĂșcaroÂ on Etsy