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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: £12.99
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Sew Perfect Pets


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

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Book Description

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

Extra Information

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About the Author

About Helen Rhiannon

Helen Rhiannon is an award-winning designer specializing in bespoke wedding dresses.

Helen was fortunate to grow up by the picturesque coastline of Gower in Swansea, Wales, where she still lives. She creates beautiful, timeless, handmade gowns from her studio. Helen has gained a solid reputation for her superlative dressmaking skills which has led her to naturally share her knowledge and passion through teaching.

As a fully qualified teacher and lecturer, Helen Rhiannon set up the ‘All Sewn Up Wales’ sewing workshops in 2010, designed to help people learn and develop new skills, whilst meeting like minded creative people.  She runs sewing workshops regularly, teaching people how to make items such as bags, toys and naturally garments. Helen enjoys being able to inspire others from aged 6 to 106!

Her expert tuition has attracted students from around the world and she regularly makes guest appearances on national television.

For more information on Helen’s work, visit www.allsewnupwales.co.uk where you can also find an extensive online sewing shop, a wide range of tutorials and Helen’s YouTube channel.

Her bespoke bridal wear website can be viewed here: www.helenrhiannon.com

Follow Helen on her social media channels: www.facebook.com/AllSewnUpWales and www.instagram.com/all_sewn_up_wales/

Helen's first book for Search Press, Sew Perfect Pets, has sold almost 9,500 copies to date.


The Quilters' Guild

We are really keen to try some of the patterns. The instructions are really clear. The ideas are great. It is a really good quality book. I have watched demos by Helen Rhiannon she is excellent and very knowledgeable. Overall we are very impressed with the book.

Customer review

A really great book. Lovely animal projects that make perfect gifts or are great for the home. I love that the templates are on separate sheets of paper and can be stored away in a pocket at the back of the book. Highly recommended.

Customer review

I really love the way the patterns are full size (you do have to transfer them to paper though). There are 18 full colour tutorials in this book - great photographs (I want to start sewing them all!) My favourites are the Hedgehog pincushion and the Owl door stop... so very cute! This book would make a great Christmas or Birthday present for those who are new to sewing or have been sewing for years and years! Well done to Helen Rhiannon for a great book!!

Customer review

I'm just beginning to sew again and so pleased this book has projects from beginner to the more experienced. Great Quality and clear instructions. Full sized paper patterns provided in a handy pocket at reverse of book. Perfect pet makes from owl doorstops, dog toys and my favourite the dog oven glove. Would highly recommend.

Customer review

This book is well written, well presented and has lovely clear pictures and instructions. It is perfect for beginners. A sewing machine is not essential as the projects can be completed by hand stitching. The templates are full size and stored in a pocket at the back of the book. There is a good range of projects including a snake draught excluder and a hot water bottle cover. I look forward to sewing them.

Customer review

When this book arrived in the post I was wonderfully surprised by the quality of the book and the photography. As I was flicking through I noticed I had a big grin on my face. As the title says it is full of 'adorable' pets, and I know lots of people who would just love to have this book but I want to keep it. The projects will be keeping me busy for a while, hopefully some of my loved ones will have a new 'pet' for Christmas.


Please the animal lovers on your gift list with these fun, creature inspired projects for the home. All are useful and none require a lot of sewing experience; with the staged instructions they are ideal for anybody who knows the basics but requires some practice.

There are eighteen colourful, contemporary projects in this book plus plenty of advice for the improver level crafter. Starting with the reasons you need all the tools and materials plus help on topics such as attaching fusible webbing, bias binding, appliqué, clipping seams etc it is a great way to learn as you sew. All the patterns are stored in a handy wallet at the back, outlines drawn in different colours for ease of identification. Each project has a list of what you need in metric and imperial, a finished size plus sheet number where you can locate your pattern. Instructions are mostly written but there are several photographs which show all the trickier things, plus give a good idea as to what the item should look like at key stages. Choose from an owl doorstop, elephant tea cosy, cow handbag, penguin apron, butterfly place mat and coasters or bear laundry bag plus many others, all shown in handy thumbnails at the front for ease of selection. Fabrics used are mostly cotton and felt which are simple to work with, and the bright colours give a cheerful, modern look to the items. A good book for any animal lover, plus a great way to build sewing skills.

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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