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PRODUCT STORY
Allison says:I have always believed that products, production, and consuming could be tangible reflections of the joy and love of living and being human. Home production plays a central role in a healthy community and happy heart. Craft is all about relationship.

SweaterDoll is a zero-waste cottage industry upcycling found materials into dolls. These materials become an entire being, a little person with its own personality and story. All dolls are stuffed with natural wool fleece and involve hand assembly and hand sewing.
MATERIALS
wool sweaters, wool fleece stuffing, vintage and repurposed buttons, cotton embroidery, floss dry adzuki beans
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Allison Dey Malacaria
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Emily, UncommonGoods

October 16, 2013 02:01:00 PM

We think Allison's Sweater Dolls are adorable that's filled with character! This is a great item for a child who carries a big imagination or for any home that's searching for a touch of coziness.

Lucia
Vote: Thumbs up!

October 16, 2013 04:33:00 PM

Very original and artistic dolls! I love them!

Lucia
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October 16, 2013 04:40:32 PM

Allison's dolls are very creative and artistic and I love that she has repurposed fabric to make them.

sue

October 16, 2013 08:06:31 PM

love love love Sweater Dolls, so unique xx

Mignon
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October 17, 2013 05:09:14 AM

These little guys are adorable, great way to recycle old jumpers/sweater etc :)

Anna
Vote: Thumbs down!

October 17, 2013 12:29:35 PM

I very much enjoy the fact they are up-cycled, however, I think the design and quality appearance is low.

Arlotta
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October 17, 2013 03:59:43 PM

I have purchased a number of these dolls and LOVE them. They are well made, nearly all of them completely hand stitched. LOVE SweaterDoll. It's an affordable quality handmade gift.

R.M.
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October 17, 2013 08:54:01 PM

Genius, Unique, Inspired!

Kate
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October 18, 2013 04:10:04 AM

Wonderful products made with love, love, love, and love. Allison rules.

Samie
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October 18, 2013 04:43:25 PM

Love the mismatch bohemian vibe!

Melissa
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October 18, 2013 11:07:51 PM

Whimsical and old timey fun for all. These aren't just for kids. I love how they remind me of the rag dolls of my youth reinvented with fresh eyes. Plus they are all uniquely different..

Allison
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October 19, 2013 12:16:20 AM

Anna, Thanks for your comment. I'm sorry these don't appeal to you and I suspect a modern day 'rag doll' might not appeal to everyone.Each sweaterdoll is carefully hand stitched of 12 or more individual pieces (usually wool) over 3-4 hours. They are stuffed with only wool fleece, never synthetic stuffing. They are designed to sit up by themselves with a little bag of natural beans inside. They can also be made with embroidered features to be infant-safe. But I understand rag dolls are not for everyone. Although you might want to check out my steampunk and siamese twin versions made more for the adult crowd.

joe
Vote: Thumbs up!

October 19, 2013 01:43:57 AM

i want one!

Julie

October 19, 2013 02:40:45 AM

These dolls are so cute and amazing. Allison is so talented.

Antonia R
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October 19, 2013 04:06:51 AM

I Loved them Right away!!! I think they're incredibly creative and adorable. Any imaginative child would love them!

Gail
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October 19, 2013 04:56:39 AM

I love the idea of using old clothing to make toys much better than mass produced......

ronna
Vote: Thumbs down!

October 19, 2013 05:54:21 AM

love them but button eyes concern me if purchased for young children

Allison
Vote: Thumbs up!

October 19, 2013 07:14:16 AM

Ronna, thanks for thinking of the infant-safety issue. Some of these dolls are made with infant-safe embroidered eyes and some with repurposed or vintage buttons. Those made with buttons are clearly marked as 'may not be suitable for children under 3' as required by toy safety standards. It has never been the intention of my company to mislead a parent where the safety of children is concerned. It is, however, up to the parent to make sure the toys their children play with are age appropriate.

Marsha
Vote: Thumbs up!

October 19, 2013 09:25:48 AM

My vote is in, I love the dolls

Janette
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October 19, 2013 07:50:53 PM

I think these toys are cuddly, unique

sergio
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October 19, 2013 09:16:34 PM

love those dolls , the stitching is so small and well done . The vintage button eyes Kool .

mersea
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October 20, 2013 02:08:41 AM

Did you infuse some kind of magic into these? Because I could swear they're gonna get up and start dancing around with each other and have a great ol' time keeping the kids warm, cozy and affectionate amidst the lonely, silent desperation of the concrete jungle. Thanks for all your kindness I'm sure the youngest, open hearted children will easily recognize!! Bravo!!

mersea amour
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October 20, 2013 02:11:55 AM

Did you infuse some kind of magic into these? Because I could swear they're gonna get up and start dancing around with each other and have a great ol' time keeping the kids warm, cozy and affectionate amidst the lonely, silent desperation of the concrete jungle. Thanks for all your kindness I'm sure the youngest, open hearted children will easily recognize!! Bravo!!

Allison
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October 20, 2013 03:19:54 AM

Yes, Mersea, thanks for picking that up. There IS magic in every single doll I make with my two little hands. :-)

lilith
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October 20, 2013 05:32:42 PM

I've seen Allison's work; I can assure you the quality and is impeccable and the love palpable.

Emily
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October 20, 2013 09:40:38 PM

So cute and love the concept, but very similar to the Cate

Allison
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October 21, 2013 12:31:16 AM

Emily, I am not familiar with 'the Cate' so I can't comment on any similarities with another doll. This pattern was developed in the late 1980s, more than 20 years ago. Thanks for giving it a thumbs up and if you can point me to a similar design, I'd love to see it. There are so many unique twists on common sewing themes and shapes. Room for everyone!

Ina
Vote: Thumbs down!

October 21, 2013 03:48:58 PM

I love the idea, but the actual product is a bit creepy. Reminds me a bit of Coraline. Which is great for me, not so much for kids I might want to gift with this.

Allison
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October 21, 2013 04:22:13 PM

Wow, Ina! I love Coraline and all Neil Gaiman's books, and I hadn't considered the animated version's look. I think you're right. I do have much less creepy eyed dolls, but truth be told, I like the slightly creepy more than the interminably cute. Considering the violence our society is willing to hand to children in video games and cartoons, a bit of the dark side children can befriend and manage and tame and transform into friendship (like Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are) is probably healthier.

Andrea
Vote: Thumbs up!

October 22, 2013 08:56:27 AM

upcycling FTW!

Stephanie
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October 22, 2013 04:32:32 PM

Adorable!

Susan

October 27, 2013 01:24:29 PM

These are unique and adorable, but not as gifts for small children, they will love them to death. But they're keepers.

Victoria

October 27, 2013 03:24:41 PM

I have seen this elsewhere, very similar.

Debbie

October 27, 2013 08:26:37 PM

Very cute

Debbie

October 27, 2013 08:44:05 PM

Cute, but anything if for child this has caution for me.

Debbie

November 05, 2013 05:39:03 PM

Adults maybe if you like this kind of thing but have a concern if for little ones as buttons falls or choking can happen.

Debbie

November 29, 2013 06:26:35 PM

I see this as a choking hazard for children

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