About Us


I'm Janet Stringer...

the owner, designer and maker. I decided to combine my 30+ years as a mother with my 30+ years working in the haberdashery trade to create The Handmade Elephant.

​For a long time I had wanted to start designing, creating and selling handmade items but juggling five children and a job, I just never seemed to have enough time. As the kids grew up and one-by-one gradually flew the nest, I had the time to sit and think about what I wanted to do next. Using the 30+ years of experience as a mother and a haberdasher, working with fabrics and materials for nearly all my working life, The Handmade Elephant was born in 2012. My aim was to fuse high quality materials and great design with functionality to create beautiful, fashionable baby clothes. Despite having only been up and running for a short while, the response has been amazing which has only spurred me on to create more items and expand. Starting with local fairs and events, weekends became a time for the business to spread its name. Persistence through the hot summer days and snowy winter evenings helped build the loyal customer base we still have today. In summer 2018, we found a premises and after weeks of painting, flat pack constructing and sewing stock, The Handmade Elephant shop was ready to open its doors.​
With shop sign fitted, window display arranged and cupcakes in arms, September 8th 2018 marked day one of a new chapter for the business...and we haven't looked back since. In July 2021, after surviving closures during the COVID-19 pandemic we packed up shop and relocated to Wigston Magna Shopping Centre, Leicester, to start the next chapter of our story. 
The Handmade Elephant has already come so far and we still have so many ideas on where we would like to be in a few years time. 
While we will continue to stand at local fairs and events, The Handmade Elephant shop is ever expanding its range of products. 




The Handmade Elephant Fabric


We're excited to announce that The Handmade Elephant will now stock fabric and haberdashery!

During lockdown in 2020 we've decided to have a little change of direction. Don't worry you will still be able to find all your favourite quirky, unique printed clothing....
(in fact we're trying to provide more of this)

Over the next few months we will slowly be phasing out a large portion of our toys and accessories to make more room for the clothes you love. We are also adding in a small fabric and haberdashery selection both in store and online.

What this means is, you....yes YOU, can have a go at creating your own designs yourself!

Don't worry if you don't feel like making it yourself....just fake it! We will still be creating new ranges and stocking all your favourite styles!

By adding a fabric selection, this also means we will be able to provide you with a unique 'CREATE YOUR OWN' service in store only, where you will have the chance to customize garments yourself...

That means choosing your favourite style, fabrics, colours, and fastenings to create a truly one of a kind item of clothing.

Our products have always only been available in small quantities and our fabric is no different. All our fabric will be available for Create Your Own garments as well as being sold by the meter...so if you see something you love, snap it up or get customizing before it's all gone!

And if nothing is quite what your looking for don't panic we will be constantly adding to our range!!