Ruggles are plush blanket 'rugs' in the form of dragons, animals and (my personal favorite) monsters with colorful claws. They are a fun multi-texturural toy for small children, and honestly, way more cool than Taggies. Plus they make a really awesome photo prop for baby photo shoots!
Kenzie got her start when she had her first son in the summer of 2008. Kids, always the greatest inspirations. ♥ She now has a blog, webstore and free standing site and sells Ruggles to all corners of the world!
When I asked her how she came up with the idea for Ruggles, she said when she was a child, she had a tiger rug her mother latch hooked for her (remember latch hook kits? Am I a dork for still loving those things?!). One of her favorite photos from childhood is of her on the latch hooked tiger rug as a baby. Kenzie wanted to recreate a tiger rug for her son, but after searching for a while couldn't find a latch hook tiger rug kit. So... She decided to create her own version of a tiger rug for her little guy, using fabric instead of yarn bits.
|Her first first Ruggle!|
Her son loved it, and it soon became his security item! And that was the birth of Ruggles! From there, she has been making baby and toddler-hood a lot more whimsical with her wonderful creature blankets!
|Close up of the claws|
Kenzie designed Ruggles so they can be used from birth (as wonderful photo props) all through childhood. She says her four year old still plays with his and sometimes uses it to check for and roust monsters from beneath the bed at night. :)
If I ever have another kidlet, this it the style of Ruggle I am ordering. I love it's swirly horns!