Method of making a personalized stuffed toy

  • US 6,527,617 B1
  • Filed: 09/19/2002
  • Issued: 03/04/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/19/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method of making a personalized stuffed toy for a purchaser, comprising the steps of:

  • (A) providing a plurality of fabric members fastened together so as to define a container which encloses an interior volume and which has an exterior surface defining a shape of the toy, the container further including (i) a stuffing opening in communication with the interior volume;

    (ii) actuatable closing means, secured to the container adjacent the opening, for closing the opening upon actuation;

    (iii) flexible conduit means, secured to the container adjacent the opening, for providing communication between the opening and the interior volume; and

    (iv) actuatable blocking means for blocking the conduit means upon actuation;

    (B) providing a stuffing apparatus having an injection tube and means for propelling a stuffing material through the injection tube;

    (C) providing communication between the conduit means and the injection tube;

    (D) personalizing the toy by stuffing it in the presence of a purchaser thereof by injection stuffing the stuffing material into the interior volume through the injection tube, thereby to cause the container to assume the shape of the stuffed toy;

    (E) separating the conduit means and the injection tube;

    (F) actuating the blocking means to block the conduit means, and actuating the closing means to close the opening, thereby to retain the stuffing material in the interior volume; and

    (G) delivering the personalized stuffed toy to the purchaser.

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