Welcome to Aleks Handmade! We are a husband and wife team working on our dreams side by side. We offer a unique selection of handcrafted and independently designed children’s toys. Aleks has been sewing for 19+ years and is very passionate about all things fabric and poly-fil. Brad is the brains behind the tech. He runs all the behind the scenes operations. When a search for a baby shower gift did not end as expected Aleks decided she would make something herself. It turns out she was really awful, and created something that looked like a mixture of a whale/dolphin/shark (it makes for a great pin cushion though). This sparked an idea, many ideas in fact. At the time Aleks Handmade was a little hobby that consisted mostly of handbags and scarves. After a year of perfecting stitches and patterns we decided to retire the bags and focus purely on children’s toys.
Running a small business requires more than just artful skills and love of fabric. Brad’s knowledge of business finances was rather null at the time. However he was very excited to learn about laws, regulations, and opening an LLC. Since then he has become the accountant, tech guy, and “toy-stuffer”.
We believe play is the most important form of discovery in a child’s life. We create soft toys that evoke the natural imagination of young children. Our vision is to bring fun and excitement to the hands of children and change the way they think about toys. From running with elephants and giraffes in Africa to diving with mermaids and whales in the deep ocean – we have a soft toy that will bring out adventure in your young child. Our alphabet sets were created to incorporate symbol recognition into the daily play of children.
Our toys are created by hand with the utmost care and attention to detail. Our fabrics and poly-fil are handpicked and deliberately chosen by Aleks, who designs and creates each softie, doll, and alphabet set. Our toys are created to be hugged on, loved on, and played with. The wear and tear of everyday life is no problem for these friends.
We know that imagination is crucial to a child’s development. Our mission is to offer a place to find an alternative to the ever growing electronic toy industry. We offer toys that accompany your child through each stage of childhood to foster creativity and imagination. While each soft toy is designed and handcrafted by Aleks – all the glory has to be given to God. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” –Colossians 3:23 “Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3