Maker: Jessica Near
Based in: Ellettsville, Ind.
Price range: $2 to $50
“I have been making and selling toys for children for four years now,” says Jessica Near. The poor quality of store-bought dolls inspired her to give it a try herself. “I started out making ‘Smart Owls,’- a smallish owl I created- and continued to build my repertoire with other animals such as bunnies, elephants, rhino’s, penguins, and others.”
Near uses vintage, re-purposed and new fabrics, and designs all the patterns she uses in her handmade toys and accessories..
Opposite of Far Fun Facts: I am a Certified Massage Therapist in California! I want to raise goats and chickens. I cry when I watch Glee. And movie previews. And live performances. And animal videos. And anything with babies.