Toying around: Basehor business offers handmade toys

Christine Henderson, owner of Jacob's Toy Box, takes a break with some of the stuffed dogs, ducks and dolls she sells. Enlarge photo

December 13, 2012

For Christine Henderson, making dolls and stuffed animals didn’t start out as a typical business idea.

She was pregnant with a son, Jacob, earlier this year when her mom sent her one of Henderson’s old Teddy bears she’d sewn in high school. Henderson learned to sew from her mom in junior high and had sewn quilts and rag dolls for all of her six children, she said.

She had already finished Jacob’s quilt early when she and her husband got the heartbreaking news. Jacob had died at only 32 weeks.

“I needed a way to deal with the grief and put my energy into something positive,” Henderson said.

She found an outlet in sewing toys and started Jacob’s Toy Box in July.

Selling stuffed dogs, ducks, lambs and dolls, Henderson found a way to pass on some love through her handmade toys. She plans to add a few new designs, too, in the new year, she said.

In addition to the stuffed animals and traditional rag dolls, she also started making nuns, monks and priests. Henderson takes special orders for dolls, so customers can request dolls to match a certain hair color or skin tone, and she can do specialty embroidery, she said.

All of Henderson’s dolls come with a short biography to make it especially personal, and she makes each one-of-a-kind doll with love, she said.

“I think of my own kids usually when I’m sewing them,” she said.

For more information about Jacob’s Toy Box, visit or call Henderson at 913-624-4543.

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