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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback with foldout pattern sheet
  • Publication: 08 October 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782215370
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 240
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP Price: £12.99
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Sew Perfect Pets

Special Price: £9.99

18 adorable fabric animals to make for your home by Helen Rhiannon

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Book Description

18 fresh and functional animal-themed designs to sew for your family and home.

Want to show your love for animals in your sewing projects, but feel you need to sew more practical pieces for your home? Look no further than this gorgeous book by designer Helen Rhiannon!

In Sew Practical Pets, 18 whimsical and imaginative animal-themed projects have been designed not only to add character and colour to your home, but also to serve as functional items that will last for years to come. From useful items such an owl doorstop, a snake draught excluder and a sheep hot water bottle cover through to an elephant tea cozy, fox pillow and doggy oven mitt, there is a cute and handy little creature for every room. For kids (and the child within us), Helen has also included beautiful cat and dog toys and an animal-shaped apron.

Key techniques and basic materials are detailed at the beginning of the book, and all of the projects include easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Templates for all the animals are provided on a fold-out sheet at the back of the book.  

For sewers of all abilities, bring a touch of playfulness and practicality to your home today with these fresh faux animals that you'll soon love as much as the real guys!

Table of Contents


Materials & Equipment

Basic Techniques


  1. Owl Doorstop
  2. Cat Toy
  3. Dog Toy
  4. Snake Draught Excluder
  5. Doggy Oven Glove
  6. Elephant Tea Cozy
  7. Sheep Hot Water Bottle
  8. Frog Peg Bag
  9. Bear Laundry Bag
  10. Piggy Pillow
  11. Fox Pillow
  12. Butterfly Place Mat and Coasters
  13. Hedgehog Pincushion
  14. Bunny Bottle Holder
  15. Cow Shoulder Bag
  16. Fish Pot Holder
  17. Penguin Apron
  18. Mouse Egg Cozy
About the Author

About Helen Rhiannon

As a fully qualified teacher and lecturer, Helen Rhiannon set up the All Sewn Up sewing workshops in October 2010, designed to help people learn and develop new skills, and to be creative. She runs sewing workshops regularly, teaching people how to make items such as bags, cushions, toys and garments. Her expert tuition has attracted students from as far afield as Spain and Saudi Arabia. For more information on Helen’s work, visit where you can also find a wide range of tutorials and Helen’s YouTube channel.

Helen is also an award-winning fashion designer specializing in bespoke wedding dresses. She creates beautiful, timeless, handmade gowns from her home in Swansea, Wales. Helen has gained a solid reputation for her superlative dressmaking skills and her bespoke bridal wear website can be viewed here:


Postcard Reviews

What a fun sewing book this is. Sew Perfect Pets is ideal for stitchers of all abilities. It includes 3 full sized pattern sheets that are double-sided, and a basic techniques guide. The 18 pet projects are absolutely delightful, and with an Owl Doorstop, a Dog toy, Cow Handbag and an adorable Fox Pillow, they are all beautifully showcased in a colourful array of sewing loveliness. The instructions are easy to follow with a written and visual format. The pattern sheet that you will need is given and all materials and sizes are listed. The information is really helpful and even a beginner will fully understand how to achieve a beautiful and usable item.

This is an ideal sewing guide and is one of those books that you will always be reaching for whenever you need the perfect gift for a little one.

The Sewing Directory

Sew Perfect Pets contains 18 fun animal themed projects for items you would use around your home such as oven gloves, a draft excluder, cushions, an apron, a laundry bag, soft toys, a bottle bag and an egg cosy. The book starts by covering the basic techniques youll need to make the projects, with photos. Then it's onto the projects.

Each project comes with full size templates (provided in a packet at the back of the book) as well as step by step instructions and accompanying photos showing you what you need to do. Helen has used a colourful mix of fabrics to create eye catching animal designs. The animals featured include a penguin, owl, fox, pig, dog, cat, bunny, cow, frog, bear, hedgehog, snake, mouse, butterfly, fish, elephant and sheep something for everyone. Ive shared photos of my favourites in this review.

There are several pattern sheets, and the templates for each project are clearly labelled and each in a different colour to make it easy to pick out those you need. They also specify how many of each template you need to cut and in what materials (eg. fabric, felt, interfacing) making the templates simple to use.

After a decade of teaching beginners Helen knows how to break projects down into easy to follow instructions, and has made sure the projects feature easy to find supplies that most stitchers will already have in their stash. This book is great for beginners learning to sew, and for more advanced sewists looking for fun animal theme projects for their home.

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