ReMake It with Mightly: Making Mini Stuffies

The Eco-Friendly Art Upcycling

A Sustainable Stuffie Project for the Eco-Conscious Family

In the age of COVID-19, face masks became a necessity; woven into the fabric of our  daily lives at the time. What to do with those masks that were so essential, but are now lying in a forgotten drawer? We partnered with the talented Sara Black of Choose Made to reimagine masks as something fun and unexpected, an adorable upcycled stuffie. Explore this second lease on life for those masks while also creating a fulfilling crafting experience for both you and your little ones.

Why Upcycle?

Upcycling takes objects that are no longer useful in their original form and, through creative means, turns them into items of higher quality or value. This practice not only saves on waste—the EPA estimated that textiles account for about 5% of landfill space in 2018—but also imparts a sense of satisfaction that comes from resourcefulness and doing your part for the environment. By diverting unwanted textiles away from landfill, we do a small part in protecting our planet, while bringing creativity and joy to our families.

The Fun of Reimagining Textiles as Textured Toys

Creating something new is like magic, only better. When you take your old masks and give them a new, smiling face, you're not only creating something cute and cuddly, but you're also engaging in a process that’s fun and rewarding. For those already in the habit of crafting, sewing is a timeless art form that has practical benefits. It enhances focus, patience, and results in a tangible outcome that kids (and parents) can take pride in. Even if you're not inherently inclined to sewing, there are tangible benefits of taking on a project like this with your child. It's not just about the finished product; it's about the process of creation—sparking creativity and instilling a 'can-do' approach in a young, impressionable mind.

Get Started with Your Upcycled Stuffies: Materials

First, order your free digital ReMake It with Mightly Stuffie Pattern. Your free download will be emailed to you. Next, you’ll need a few tools: your printed stuffie pattern, an old mask (preferably washed), scissors, a needle and thread (or a sewing machine if you prefer), and some extra fabric for embellishments and features. The finished product will not only be a unique, sustainable toy but can also serve as a conversation starter about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling in our everyday lives.

The Impact Beyond the Playroom

The lasting benefits of engaging with upcycling projects like this extend beyond the craft itself. By teaching children about the importance of repurposing materials, we're paving the way for them to become more mindful consumers in the future. In addition to that, the act of creating something with your own hands fosters a sense of empowerment, independence, and, importantly, a deeper appreciation for the things that we have.

Join the mask-to-mini stuffy revolution and show your kids (and the world) that goodness and fun can be found even in the most unexpected places—especially in the heart of a toy that was once something quite different.

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Our Values

We are four moms who together have nine kids and over 40 years of apparel industry experience. We founded Mightly to make the kind of clothes we want for our own kids: clothes that can handle any kind of adventure, are ethically made, and don’t cost a fortune.

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