|Embroider Buddy's® story began when inventor Donna Kotzer Jacobs joined the plush toy business that her father Morris started in 1944 in Toronto.
Servicing the gift, souvenir and specialty markets, Donna soon developed a successful line of stuffed bears and “Whatzupwiththat!®Bearwear” for the custom-imprint sector.
But she quickly realized embroiderers needed something more.
They wanted a stuffed toy with a large area to embroider, and stuffing that could be removed and re-inserted quickly and easily. There was nothing like it on the market.
So she set to work inventing one.
“I spent three years working and re-working prototypes,” Donna explains. “At first I was going to use Velcro. However someone questioned whether the design would be childproof…so I tried an invisible zipper.
“Speaking to embroiderers, I sensed they were not too keen on having to stuff the bear with handfuls of loose stuffing. I decided to create a 'pillow pouch' in the shape of the bear’s belly that can be inserted and removed easily.”
And so, the Embroider Buddy® was born. Its simple, innovative design makes embroidery as easy as 1-2-3!
|1) Unzip the Embroider Buddy® invisible
zipper and remove the pillow pouch.
|2) Insert the hoop front or back
||4) Pop the pillow back in,
zip up and you’re done!
“The embroiderers needed a bear like Embroider Buddy®,” says Donna, “and it took someone in the toy business to create him. The demand for the original Embroider Buddy® bear was so strong that it wasn’t long until I started designing a line of embroidable stuffed animals and other plush products for embroiderers to create magic.”
Embroider Buddy® – Best Friends For Life!