these toys are meant to fray

by mari

My 6 year old’s blankie is turning into one of those childhood relics: frayed edges, holes in the corners, and threadbare spots. She keeps asking me to sew it up, but I can’t, it’s not the kind of holes you can repair. But it’s also a memento of a childhood full of love and comfort, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


These handmade stuffed animals from Ieva Fray are intentionally made to fray over time. As they are loved, washed, and played with, they’ll wear in a little more and more until they reach their maximum fray potential! I have to admit, I’m really curious to see what that would look like. If I had one, I might be tempted to wash it everyday to, erm, hasten the process a little bit. But, of course, that’s not the intent of these toys – it’s a child’s love that should wear them in.


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren October 18, 2015 at 10:41 am

Hi Mari, thank you for writing these lovely words about our little dolls! Very best.


2 mari October 19, 2015 at 12:06 pm

You’re welcome, they’re so lovely!


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