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.



June 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.




Here is the top of the Boxer Shannimal with the very tiny, handmade ladybug featuring three dots in memory of their daughter's age. This design was difficult to make but I was determined to get all the details right, from the four wings to the antennae to the six legs and even small eyes. I was happy this design was well received and can only hope it lends some comfort.Shannimals




Spring is here in Canada and oh so nice. The weather has been a great mix of sun and rain and seeing everything change and grow is great for inspiring the creative mind. I have a bunch of new Shannimals I'll be working on uploading including some new critters!

This custom fox and orangutan were recently commissioned and such a cute pair. The orangutan was difficult to work with, all that fluffy hair, but the end result was well received and I was happy to make someone else happy with this new design.

Check my Etsy shop for Shannimal designs and much more!


This goat is made with fabric designed for Princess Charlotte. Fancy.


This bear was made with fabric designed in affiliation with NASA!