It looks dreary and bleary out the office windows right now, but a little ray of sunshine just crossed my desk. One look at the adorable tiny dachshunds lined up on the cover of How to Make Stuffed Animals (Quarry Books, $24.99) and my day was made.
Too cute, right? It only gets better. These three-and-a-half-inch pups have 17 pals you can sew, including a little pug, a tiny fluffy sheep and a plaid raccoon. Author Sian Keegan, who’s also a textile designer, included all of the patterns at the back of the book, and her simple instructions are accompanied by hand-drawn diagrams (which I often find easier to understand than more technical ones).
Each wee beastie requires no more than a quarter-yard of fabric, so they’re perfecct for using up scraps and fat quarters, and even repurposing handkerchiefs, tea towels and old clothing.
These patterns are simple enough that they could be customized with different fabrics, colours and embellishments (and would make a lovely gift for any pet lover). If you’re not so needle-and-thread inclined, Keegan sells ready-made animals in her Etsy shop, or you can even have her make a 3D pet portrait of your own furry loved one.