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.



August 2021

For those of you who need a Shannimal right NOW ready-to-go designs are being posted every week on facebook and instagram. All of the designs made during this time will be available for immediate delivery or pick up options. The designs change weekly and they are popular!

I recently worked on a very special project for a family who had lost their three year old daughter. The request was to make a Shannimal in the likeness of the family's new Boxer pup who was adopted after the passing of their daughter. A ladybug was placed on this cute design as a sign from their daughter who shows her presence to them through ladybugs. I was deeply touched by this project and will forever think of their little girl whenever I see a ladybug.


All Shannimals are hand filled with hypoallergenic fluff, hand embroidered, and individually put together. Check my Etsy shop for this new design.




I recently made this awesome frog with a black and white skull pattern. Below, an over sized blue patterned pup with a strawberry muslin fabric accent.Shannimals




The weather is warm and it's getting harder to sit inside and sew, but, here I am, sewing! I have some new critter designs I hope everyone enjoys. Check my Etsy page for a closer look and buying options.

This custom moose has been asked for by a few clients and I finally decided to give it a go. This design was for a baby to be who's gender hasn't been revealed yet so I chose a playful yellow Eric Carle pattern and a clean looking white ribbon. My favourite bit are the antlers.

Check my Etsy shop for Shannimal designs and much more!


An otter is another new design. This particular otter was asked to be holding a heart. Love. It.


Those whiskers...