Hazel Village | Tiger Costume


by Hazel Village

The Product:

 Lucas Rabbit is ordinarily the most gentle of the Hazel Village animals. But sometimes he likes to dress up like a scary animal. So this tiger costume is just the thing!

It's made from stretchy cotton striped fabric, with orange lining in the hood and white cotton fleece on the belly. It closes in front with velcro. As you can see it has ears, a tail, and pointy claws which look very menacing but are actually made of felt. 

To collect snacks from the other animals when he's trick-or-treating, Lucas the Tiger uses a tote bag. It's made of cotton canvas with gold contrast stitching and brown leather handles. 

This costume fits all the animals. The tiger suit and tote bag come packed in a little box.

The Maker:

Maker Jane Van Cleef named her sweet line of woodland friends after the American Hazelnut tree: "a source of delicious nuts, magical divining rods, useful twigs for basketry, and food for caterpillars." She began the venture in 2010, and took inspiration from her favorite childhood toys and stories, including Brambly Hedge, Uncle Willy, and the Little House series.  In the beginning, she made each stuffed animal on the sewing machine in her attic, hand stitching sweet faces on each one and writing stories about the little woodland community she created.  The wild success of her Etsy shop led her to seek some help in order to offer the Hazel Village experience to a wider audience, while still producing the responsibly and maintaining their heirloom quality.  Partnering with a certified organic and fair labor company in India allowed her to do so.  Each face is still stitched by hand, giving every animal a one-of-a-kind charm.