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.



July 2018

The Unicornimal is here! It's quite the name for quite the creature! This little lady is made from white chenille, aqua coloured fluffy mane, and an aquatic themed cotton accent material.


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.




The horn on this baby was the most difficult part. I wanted it sewn on tight and that took several trial and errors, but the first designs are always the trickiest! Shannimals



Summer is too nice to be inside sewing all the time but I can't help but make new creations and ideas. The Unicornimal is my newest finished design but look out for a walrus, sloth, and frog in the coming month.


The Beeimal is here in the boy version. The only real difference between boy and girl designs is that the ladies have lashes. My daughter changes those rules around all the time with her Shannimals!


Check my Etsy shop for these designs and much more!





The bee is tricky but after all the contorting my hands do to make this baby, it's all worth it!