Shannimals were first inspired by the birth of our daughter. My husband and I were looking for unique, interesting, and locally made toys that were also fashionable for us to display. My first Shannimal was the first sewing project I had ever made. The outcome was pretty successful and a huge hit with my daughter. I made more and gained interest from friends, which expanded from there.

Now Shannimals are found in boutiques here in Canada and are sold online through my Etsy Shop. You can also contact me directly to have something custom made.

The birth of our son also brought changes and inspiration to Shannimals. He was born early, and oh so small. It was a tough time for our family but inspired me to make teeny Shannimals called Shannismalls.


Shannimals are made with a variety of different materials to create interest and sensory exploration. Black and white striped cotton is always used somewhere on a Shannimal but you’ll also see chenille, fleece, and ever changing designs and patterns. Limited material is part of what keeps Shannimals unique to each design. Only a few are made until the design is retired and I move on to something new.

Shannimals are constantly changing and I have new ideas almost daily. I’ve created more designs than I can remember but I always document past projects, which, I will share here for inspiration.

Not many creatures or concepts are off limits, just ask for something custom to suit your needs.



November 2018

The Walrusimal is a new creature that I quite enjoy. This design was tricky to get right, with a few mistakes concerning the tail, but I finally got it! The moustache is probably my favourite attribute.


All Shannimals are hand filled with hypoallergenic fluff, hand embroidered, and individually put together. There is a lot of detail in this design and the intial creation was tricky but now I can design this critter in fabircs of your choice. Check my Etsy shop for this new design.




Remember that the accent material can be changed. I alter a lot of my designs to accomidate clients needs.Shannimals



The leaves are changing, the days are cooler, and my mind drifts to Autumn themed creatures like this adorable bat. Just look at that face, go on, look at it!


The bats, or Batimals, are made with the same love and care as all the other designs but this nocturnal beast is only around during the Fall. I've made everything from an all black bat, included glow in the dark fabric, and made an all white Batimal as part of my custom designs.


Check my Etsy shop for these designs and much more!





Above is a lovely soft black and purple bat with a delicate black circle pattern on the inside of the wings. Below is the design I made with glow in the dark material. Kids loved it!