young & young-at-heart
personal * easy * original
You've landed in the right place to find and make quirky, adorable animal characters, paper toys and gifts, no matter how much sewing or crafting experience you already have.
We're open for imagination with an invitation to inhabit your own creativity. Our patterns, kits and supplies don't define characters--they empower you to discover your personal characters and stories.
You can browse the Furhearts one-of-a-kinds for inspiration and/or learn how to make your own with step-by-step projects (in patterns or kits) that are specifically designed to build your soft toy construction superpowers.
Oh, and if fabric and sewing are not your "thing", there are intriguing free paper projects and curated supplies to tempt you to just get making. So let's get started!
design YOUR own
1 - Download a PDF pattern (or choose to get started with a mail delivery - either a printed pattern/tutorial or an everything-but-the-scissors kit in December).
2.- Use the detailed instructions to make your little animal character. If you have questions as you work, get free friendly email/zoom help.
3- Once your animal is completed, you can choose to keep it as is, just tie a bow around its neck, or design a tiny costume from multiple mix-and-match pattern options.
4. Add miniature accessories from the accessories patterns or dream up your own as the finishing touch.
5. Enjoy your unique animal character as a finger puppet, ornament, stocking stuffer, tablescape accoutrement. A truly one-of-a-kind handmade gift!
our customer gallery
Come on over and see what people in the real world have made with Craftdesignworks patterns and kits.
(Here's an in-the-wild photo --the worktable of a prolific mousemaker who's been delighting her grandchildren with the characters she's been creating She got started with one mouse and has never looked back!)