Hasenpfeffer Incorporated

on October 19 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 244 Comments

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Hasenpfeffer Incorporated create unique little people with upcycled materials and intricate details (like free-form knit sweaters and hats). Each creation is a work of art with a personality all of his or her own.

Today Hasenpfeffer Incorporated is giving away a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted doll! You can see a detail of her face in the Hasenpfeffer photo stream. Comment today for your chance to win!

All about Hasenpfeffer Incorporated from the Hasenpfeffer team: When we set out to make something we didn’t necessarily intend to make dolls. In fact, we didn’t even set out to make anything particular; we just wanted to use the perfectly good things that other people threw away. And we found a lot of beautiful fabric locked up in ugly, discarded clothes.

We do a number of things to do these liberated fabrics justice. We created patterns unique like the materials. We could’ve gotten away with single stitches and the occasional reinforcement but we felt the second and third runs with the machine were effortless compared to the strength they gave our seams. Durability brings with it exposure, and to make them machine washable we stuff them with a hypoallergenic fiberfill. And just when we think we can’t get another pinch in there, we pack another two or three just for good measure.

The enthusiasm Hasenpfeffer Incorporated creator Daniela Shelton is infectious; within no time her mother, Ursula, started combing thrift stores in her native Switzerland for bits of yarn left over from knitting projects. That she knits entirely freehand means no two outfits are exact; that her supply changes daily ensures it.

And from that preservation instinct a veritable army of critters sprang forth: boys, girls, bears, cats, dogs—our aversion to throw away even the smallest scraps inspired one of our most popular items, a sort of abstracted, touchy-feely doll. Sure, demand means we have to use prime fabrics; however, we’ve used it as an opportunity to patronize vendors who deal in environmentally friendly stock and others who buy closeouts, dead stock, and the bits and tailings deemed untouchable by commercial retailers.

That the tweed from an old coat or the plaid twill from a pair of golf pants took on new life as a cheeky bear was almost secondary; the important part was that we prevented good fabric—beautiful fabric from textile mills that no longer exist—from going into landfills. That our creations find welcome homes in a child’s arms means they’ll stay out of landfills for a long time coming.

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244 Responses to Hasenpfeffer Incorporated

  1. Felicia says:

    These are adorable. My daughter is just getting into dolls

  2. jill a says:

    I’ve seen these at craft shows and they are amazing!!!!

  3. Wehaf says:

    I love this doll’s pigtails!

  4. Christine G says:

    Cute!! How my 2 1/2 year old would love this :o)

  5. April says:

    Love her dark hair. My daughter has dark hair. I also love red so this would be so cute for my daughter as she gets older.

  6. Katie says:

    Oh my goodness, these are so lovely.

  7. Meg says:

    This doll is too cute, love it!


  8. Amy C says:

    Oh I love these dools! How sweet!

  9. Monica T says:

    my daughter would love one!

  10. Sarah says:

    How cute is that doll! Great giveaway.

  11. Cass says:

    So cute! I love the recycled/repurposed element to them. πŸ™‚

  12. victoria says:

    OHHHH, I love these dolls. They are so beautiful. Thanks for the incredible giveaway.

  13. Kathleen says:

    I just saw their booth last weekend at the Etsy RAIN craft fair here in Seattle! The dolls are amazing! My nephew fell in low with the little boy doll…Pretty sure he’ll be getting one for Christmas. Beautifully made!

  14. Kristy G. says:

    Great giveaway!

  15. Tamara Bell says:

    She would find a wonderful friend my house, she’s beautiful!

  16. stacy says:

    i almost can’t believe that doll is handcrafted, it’s so perfect. amazing work.

  17. desiree says:

    this is too cute!

  18. bess says:

    cute – love those knits. πŸ™‚

  19. sarah says:

    what a neat doll…the fact that she has recycled clothing is wonderful.

  20. Robin says:

    Such a cute doll! My daughter would love it.

  21. Rochelle says:

    What a sweet dolly! She will go to a very lucky little girl.

  22. Teresa says:

    I’ve seen these dolls before and I think they’re just adorable! I know my daughter would just absolutely love this! πŸ™‚

  23. Kristie says:

    She’s so cute! What a terrific idea!

  24. aizkim says:

    so in love with this doll!

  25. Tonya says:

    So adorable! Very lovable, and extremely cute. Desirable, for all ages!

  26. JD says:


  27. Jill B says:

    Amazing! The detail is incredible.

  28. Jonah says:

    love! love all of daniela’s dolls!!!

  29. mindy t says:

    I want one so bad!!!!

  30. Marcia W. says:

    This doll is wonderful. Any of my grandnieces would be sure to love it.

  31. Rita says:

    Inspired cutie

  32. Heidi S says:

    So cute! Love the red knitted sweater!

  33. Julienne Piper says:

    That is cool! I am trying to incorporate more upcycled fabrics into my sewing, especially since I have a new baby coming and so many things I want to make her!

  34. Karen says:

    This is a sweet little doll to cuddle with.

  35. Helena says:

    I love these dolls, not only because they are beautiful, but also because Hasenpfeffer make a conscious effort to make them from fabrics and yarns that have been upcycled to make something that will make a wonderful friend for someone! Wonderful.

  36. So cute, and I love the fact that they are made with repurposed materials–it makes it even more special!

  37. Sara says:

    Cute doll!!!

  38. beverly says:

    That is so cute! Love it! I know a few little girls that would love this!

  39. Erin Gustafson says:

    How fun!

  40. Kristin M says:

    what a super cute doll!

  41. Sarah says:

    Super cute! I can see my daughter carrying one around by the leg already!

  42. Karen says:

    Simply adorable!

  43. Christine M says:

    What a cute little doll!

  44. julie hahs says:

    Neat! If I win I will give it away to a missionary. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Ammie says:

    This is delightful. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  46. Aubrey says:

    How adorable! This makes me want to sew a doll. Like right now.

  47. Mia says:

    Lovely doll, so cute!

  48. Nancy says:

    What a beautiful way to repurpose old clothes, what little girl wouldn’t love one of these. Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. Linda says:

    Such a cute doll! Would love to win!

  50. Melissa says:

    Oh, Oh, she is lovely! I love dolls, as do my two girls, and if we promise we will keep the dog and the two brothers away from her, can she come to live with us?

  51. Vicki Nagel says:

    Love, Love, LOVE the dolls!!

    L=Let me win! (please)

  52. Michelle says:

    My daughters just squeeeeeed.

  53. Becky F says:

    Love the dolls! So unique and sweet!

  54. Sarah says:

    So cute! Love it!

  55. Emily S says:

    What an awesome store!

  56. mary says:

    My 2 year old would love, love, love this cute doll!

  57. sohobutterfly says:

    She’s so cute! My daughter would love this little dolly – her room is aqua and red, so it’d be just perfect!!

  58. elana says:

    my daughter would love this…such a sweet face.

  59. Celeste says:

    So sweet!

  60. Mama Lusco says:

    I love the upcycled fabrics. Wonderful!

  61. Betty says:

    What a darling little doll.

  62. Kristina says:

    Love the face on this doll and her darling ponytails. Super cute!

  63. Jessica C says:

    I have been eyeballing these dolls for what seems like a year now…I hope I win it for my baby!

  64. Sara says:

    These dolls are AMAZING! Wow, I am in awe. Thanks for the chance to win.

  65. Jasmine says:


  66. sy says:

    i love the knit hat, sweater, and shoes.

  67. Lindsay says:

    What an adorable doll! The recycling is wonderful!

  68. Melissa Babecka says:

    I think this is a great giveaway. I would love to win this for my new 7 week old baby girl.
    Fingers crossed,
    Melissa B.

  69. Jessie says:

    So cute!!! My little one would love to call her “baby”

  70. jennee says:

    How sweet is she!

  71. Jennifer3 says:

    What a neat doll!

  72. Krista says:


  73. Amanda says:

    I love the little details and personality.

  74. Heidi says:

    neat idea

  75. Cassie says:

    she’s lovely. just looking at the shop. how could you possibly choose?! they’re all so darling.

  76. I’ve had one of these dolls on my wishlist for a very long time – I’d love to win!

  77. These dolls really are amazing. I just spent some time at their flickr and etsy sites and wow, amazing.

  78. karen says:

    What a great idea – the doll is really cute too

  79. Amanda says:

    Love these so much!! I love the uniqueness of each and every doll. So sweet!

  80. Ayala says:

    Wonderful dolls! I love upcycling and love handmade creation! my son will LOVE this doll!

  81. catherine s. says:

    Love that they are upcycled…fabulous lesson to teach to our children πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance!

  82. Laura says:

    So, so cute! How my girls would love this adorable little doll!

  83. Melissa says:

    I, too, am aspiring to repurpose old clothing…so satisfying!

  84. Gillian R says:

    She is super cute! And not all girly super cute too… cute with moxie!

  85. ~Helena~ says:

    Super sweet.

  86. Suzy says:


  87. Em says:

    Fantastic! I love that the dolls are made from upcycled clothing.

  88. beth says:

    How cute. I’d love to win for my little granddaughter!

  89. Candy S says:

    so stinkin cute! have a little girl with a first birthday this month. what a sweet gift!

  90. Judi B says:

    So cute. Would make a great gift for my neice!

  91. Lael says:

    Who doesn’t love handcrafted recycled!

  92. Alicia says:


  93. Kristy says:

    Love this, I’m sure my son would like it just as much as my niece!

  94. Addy says:

    Sounds like a great company!

  95. rae says:

    what a sweet dolly!! thanks for the opportunity! πŸ˜‰

  96. naomi medrano says:

    Oooooohh! I LOVE her!

  97. Greg says:

    These dolls are a work of art!! I really like the detail in the sweater and hat.. Thanks for the chance!

  98. Amanda says:


  99. Mandy says:

    LOVE these dolls! (And I love the creative energy that found the doll in the tossed fabric.)

  100. Jessica says:

    What an adorable doll!

  101. Eerika says:

    Oh gosh! I’ve been a big fan of Hasenpfeffer’s work for a long while now, so it’s super that you’re having such an awesome giveaway!

  102. Katie says:

    Wow! How cute! My daughter would love this.

  103. Katherine Armstrong says:

    Beautiful doll, I would love to have her around for my little ones, and theirs to come!

  104. Bethany says:

    Love that doll baby and have a little person who would just love to squeeze it!

  105. bruinbr says:

    What an amazing giveaway! The doll is adorable and I would love to win it for my daughter!

  106. gonzomama says:

    i have a little one just getting into dolls. this would be such a special one to have! love the upcycled fabrics and simple faces.

  107. Shannon says:

    Love the doll!! My little girl would go crazy for this one!

  108. Margarita says:

    So cute! Really great way to envision a business!

  109. Pam says:

    Adorable and such great concept and workmanship. Bravo to you!

  110. Rachael Spencer says:

    Darling…..love it!

  111. Becky says:

    Love it!

  112. Kristin says:

    Such a fun doll, my kids would love it.

  113. Katie says:

    My daughter is so baby obsessed right now. She would love this!

  114. Bethany says:

    Beautiful dolls!

  115. mary shoop says:

    Just what I am looking for for my newest grandbaby The dolls are adorable.

  116. Nancy says:

    Ooh. I want one. How cute is she?? I promise I’ll give her to my granddaughter if I win….

  117. Love these dolls! I would love to own one…maybe I would share it with my granddaughter. Maybe not. πŸ™‚

  118. Nancy says:

    This doll is adorable….as much as I would want to keep her, if I won, I would give her to my granddaughter, Ella….

  119. Jenny says:

    i love these dolls!

  120. Denise says:

    These dolls are adorable. My little granddaughter would love this when she gets a bit older.

  121. Chris says:

    Handmade dolls are the very best! Thanks for the chance

  122. Lee says:

    What an adorable doll! Thanks!

  123. Becky says:

    Love the doll; love the creative re-use of materials; and now I have Laverne & Shirley back in my head. πŸ™‚

  124. Shannon F. says:

    LLLLOOOOOOOVEEE these dolls!

  125. Larissa says:

    My favorite part is the matching sweater and hat. How cute!! πŸ™‚

  126. Katy Yo says:

    What a cutie!

  127. Emillie P says:

    These dolls are so cute!

  128. Brooke says:

    Oh so cute!

  129. Sarah says:

    Beautiful! My daughters would love it!

  130. Crystal says:

    She is so cute!! My daughter would love her!

  131. These doll are so CUTE! My grand daughter would like one of these to pieces. How special they are!

  132. Raschel says:

    Uniquely similar and one-of-a-kind all at the same time. I love that your handmade pieces, in addition to being incredibly cute, make old things new again.

  133. Teresa S says:

    So cute, this would be perfect for my niece! Thanks for the chance to win!

  134. heather says:

    So beautiful! My daughter will love this!

  135. MamaBee says:


  136. Marissa says:

    Thank you so much for sharing about Daniela’s company! The amount of good fabric that is disposed by the industry every year is depressing. I’m so glad that these creative little critters are doing their part, while brightening the days of little ones!

  137. Jennifer says:

    Wonderful dolls!

  138. Andrea says:

    Oh, too adorable!!!

  139. Alice S says:

    Really cute! My daughter would love me to win.

  140. Kelly says:

    Lovely – all I can say!

  141. Robin says:

    I just linked to this store the other day! Such beautiful, original dolls.

  142. Carolyn says:

    So adorable. My two year old would love this doll so much!

  143. mkonieczki says:

    I’m in love with these little dolls! So much personality! So purposefully created!

  144. soprat says:

    ThatÒ€ℒs so cute ! I love it and i would love to win.

  145. kris says:

    I love the doll! I’m always looking for unique dolls for my kids. They love the handmade ones the best!

  146. Lisa Marie says:

    I love how they’re reusing fabrics! Great giveaway.

  147. Melanie says:

    What a great idea! And the doll is so cute! Any little girl would love a doll like that (including mine!).

  148. Erin says:

    That is a great doll face- so simple yet expressive. What a beautiful story, too.

  149. SaraD says:

    Adorable doll, and love the recycled aspect!

  150. Kathleen C. says:

    This is a great doll. I’m pleased with the company’s commitment to “thrifting”, combined with expressing creativity and uniqueness.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  151. Serena says:

    Now THAT is a cute doll!

  152. Melissa says:

    What a sweet doll! And the upcycling makes her even more special!

  153. kimberly says:

    These are the most beuatiful little dolls I have seen! I want one…for me, not my daughters!

  154. Ngoc says:

    These are great! I love that the are “upcycled!”

  155. Jackie H says:

    They look so fun! πŸ™‚

  156. Jill says:

    That is such a cute doll!

  157. Rebecca says:

    What a great mission and philosophy. Thanks for offering this.

  158. Laura Reich says:

    Oh, what a sweet idea.

  159. JulieAnn says:

    My nine-month-old daughter is just starting to play with dolls. This is so cute! I’d love to win it for her!

  160. Sandra says:

    I love that the dolls simple expression gives it a grand personality πŸ™‚

  161. Meghan Swails says:

    I love Hasenpfeffer and my little girl on the way definitely needs one! πŸ™‚

  162. Julie Phillips says:

    Beautiful doll! What girl wouldn’t love to get her???


  163. kim says:

    Love these. Very clever idea!

  164. Amanda says:

    Too cute! Love this doll. πŸ™‚

  165. Jessamyn says:

    SO cute! My son would love this doll. I was on the lookout for a doll for him anyway. Great use of recycled materials.

  166. Angie G. says:

    What an adorable little doll!! I love that it’s made from recycled fabrics!

  167. Cindy B says:

    These dolls somehow each have a unique personality, and it’s not tied solely to their clothing. It’s noticeable to me from their faces, pigtails, and buttons. I think about which doll would match the personalty traits of my several nieces.
    I have seen many, many of Daniela’s dolls, and I would dearly love to have one of my own, but it’s almost too hard to choose because each one is so well crafted, the clothing so varied and fun, and I feel I should be thoughtful and give it to a niece who would name it and take it with her everywhere.

  168. Jen says:

    What a great gift for my daughter!

  169. Anita Denson says:

    This is great! So glad to hear about H.I. What a great idea!

  170. Sarah says:

    Very cute! Hope I win!

  171. Irene says:

    I love these dolls!! It would be an honor to win it! Each one is made with so much love and so unique. You do a wonderful job!!! Keep up the good work.

  172. Melissa says:

    The simplicity of these dolls make they adorable. The face remind me of an old cartoon strip character, I can’t remember her name though.

  173. Jenny Davis says:

    So cute. Would be a great gift for my Grand Baby to be!

  174. Jeanie says:

    Just the right size for a child’s first doll – very creative!

  175. mary jane yoder says:

    what wonderful little doll. thanks for sharing your talent with us. hopefully i will have a doll to display in my home. thank you for sharing you talent with us.

  176. Cecilia says:

    I love love love Hasenpfeffer toys. I’d be thrilled to win this gorgeous doll!

  177. Mary jane Yoder says:

    Beautiful needle work. Unquie design, which makes them very lovable. I would love a doll in my home. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  178. Gorgeous work, guys!

  179. Jessica says:

    These are too cute! Love ’em!

  180. Carrie M says:

    Love these dolls. The detail she puts into each of them is absolutely amazing!

  181. Marianne says:

    That doll is fantastic! I want her to come live with me.

  182. Deidre says:

    Wow! Love the idea and love this doll!

  183. Marja says:

    I’ve always wanted one just for myself. These beauties are even cuter in person, if you can believe it!! πŸ™‚

  184. wendy says:

    what a sweet little doll! And the recycled aspect of it is awesome too πŸ™‚

  185. Allison says:

    The dolls are so adorable! Thanks for the giveaway!

  186. Kristal says:

    Very cute! I just found out that my sister is expecting her first baby – I must now enter all giveaways!

  187. Deb says:

    Very cute dolls. Would love one for my upcoming grandchild!

  188. Palila B. says:

    Fantastic dolls! They’re really special.

  189. Katie B says:

    I love these girls so much! I got the chance to see them in person at a show in Seattle this past weekend and can’t wait to snag one for our family!

  190. Wendryn says:

    This is really adorable!

  191. Holly says:

    Great way to use the discarded.

  192. Southern Gal says:

    I love the unique, soft dolls.

  193. Jocelyn says:

    That doll is adorable. I love the concept behind their company, how they rescue fabrics from going to the landfill. I’m sure plenty of work and love goes into those dolls.

  194. Sarah Keel says:

    Love the idea! Love the doll, too… my daughter is just getting into “dollies” so this would be awesome!!

  195. A unique doll is an amazing gift for a child!

  196. Carrie says:

    What an adorable doll! Love the recycle philosophy!

  197. Taryn Christensen says:

    I am so into making dolls right now! I love your beautiful and unique creation and what an inspirational message too.

  198. Rosieq says:

    Good work!!! I love the idea of Green for gifts; just saving all the space in a landfill by tons of fabric each day is such a waste of the original resource. Thank you…for your bit of Green!

  199. Jennifer says:

    I love her little red boots! So cute.

  200. Sabrina says:

    Would love this to be the first doll my little one gets.

  201. knitsewreadlove says:

    Oh my goodness; what an amazing company! My dolly loving toddler would LOVE that baby as well. =0)

  202. trina says:

    Fantastic dolls! Forget my kids, I want one for me.

  203. Amber Christensen says:

    SO absolutely adorable. Great job with the dolls and your mission. Refreshing.

  204. Norma says:

    wow, I am awed by the level of detail that goes into these little dolls

  205. Diane says:

    very unique!

  206. Taylor S. says:

    so cute! Even if i didn’t have a daughter I would be interested in collecting these for myself haha

  207. ania+ says:

    so pretty and inspiring!

  208. such a cute doll! I love seeing what can be done with what we already have.

  209. lucy says:

    Love it! This reminds me a lot of a doll I had when I was little. Thanks for reminding me of it!

  210. Beth says:

    Beautiful doll. What a treasure!

  211. Tara Potter says:

    What a beautiful gift for children: not only is the doll so sweet and special but it also sends a message that we care about the world that our children will be living in.

  212. Kristie says:

    I love it. My 19 month old son really wants a baby of his own (he keeps taking big sister’s). This would be perfect.

  213. Deanne Johnson says:

    Delightful dolls. Appreciate the beauty found in upcycling materials.

  214. Whitney says:

    She’s beautiful! I would love to win.

  215. Tammy says:

    Very cute!

  216. patricia says:

    Upcycling is a fantastic! That doll is super! My little girls would love 1to give her a `happy home.

  217. JJ says:

    What about a boy doll?!

  218. Kelly Sas says:

    Thank you, thank you for rescuing fabulous fabric from forever being useful again on this wonderful planet! I am both a doll collector and fabraholic so Hasenpfeffer Incorporated is a very exciting company for me!

  219. Rachel Locke says:

    What adorable dolls!! Would love to win one. Thanks for the chance.

  220. deborah says:

    oh, cute! please enter me to win, thank you.

  221. Kristin says:

    That doll is adorable!! What a great way to reuse unwanted materials.

  222. Heather says:

    That is super cute! I wish I came up with ideas that unique!

  223. Abby says:

    perfect for my little pippa!

  224. Robyn Wing says:

    Very cute! I love her little ponytails and hat!

  225. Rebecca says:

    fantastic idea and beautiful doll! I’ve been upcycyling for years and love how you can get durable, beautiful things out of what would otherwise be trash.

  226. Kayci Nelson says:

    Wow, that is so neat and inspiring! Such as sweet, yet mischievous looking doll πŸ˜‰

  227. jes says:

    I’m in love!

  228. Alexa says:

    What a beautiful doll. I would love to win it for my daughter.

  229. Mel H. says:

    I love these dolls and the environmental message.

  230. Paula L. says:

    It’s very cute; love her clothes.

  231. Monica says:

    My daughters would love a doll like this! I love that they are completely unique.

  232. Kate says:

    That doll is adorable!!!

  233. sande says:

    Absolutely adorable!! My new GD would be a perfect choice for this she is 11 weeks old!!

  234. janimal says:

    Oh My – this is an AWESOME giveaway. I LOVE those dolls. <<>>>

  235. Katie says:

    What a sweet doll! My little girl is just getting interested in dolls, and I’ve been wanting to make her one, but just haven’t had the time. I’m sure she would give this cutie lots of love and kisses.

  236. renee says:

    what a cute little doll!!

  237. Robyn Brown says:

    She’s adorable and I love the name “Hasenpfeffer” Incorporated!

  238. robin baker says:

    i love the expression on her face!!! too cute. aria would love her!

  239. Blossom says:

    Really cute! My almost 3 year niece would love her!

  240. Pat Fernando says:

    Im just a big fan of this dolls, I hope I can have a chance to win this lovely piece of art.



  241. Whistlepea says:

    That’s so cute. I love the pigtails.

  242. Anita says:

    What a cute and unique doll! My daughter would just love her.

  243. Susan C. says:

    Oh my gosh, this doll is so cute! I’m definitely going to check out the other dolls that are available.

  244. Pattij says:

    Wow! These dolls are wonderful! Love the recycled part too!

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