Abby Glassenberg, author of The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends to Make and the While She Naps blog, has a new book coming out on May 7th! Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction gives an expert, comprehensive look at stuffed animals with 16 patterns and over 50 lessons.

We’ve been fans of Abby’s incredible designs for years. We carry her patterns in the shop, and we’re so excited about the opportunity to learn from her in this new book. (You can also find more of Abby’s stuffed animal patterns in her Craftsy pattern shop and her Etsy shop.) Today we have a trailer for Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction and an exclusive featurette for you to enjoy. Learn more about the book and Abby’s work. (And learn more about why you need this book in your sewing library!)

Stuffed Animals Book Trailer from Abby Glassenberg on Vimeo.

Are you ready for a soft toy book that goes beyond the basics? Here, for the first time in decades, is a comprehensive reference that teaches you how to sew heirloom-quality stuffed animals, from four-legged friends that actually stand to a classic, poseable Teddy bear.

Each of the 16 projects contain lessons that teach such skills as needle sculpting, designing “cupped” ears, and making muzzles, snouts and beaks. Make one of Abby’s animals and learn something new, or take a new technique and apply it to your own design!

Elephant Featurette from Abby Glassenberg on Vimeo.

What people are saying about the book:

“I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book since the moment I heard Abby was writing it. It’s a collection of adorable projects to make, sure— but more importantly, it’s a detailed manual of all the little sewing techniques that give a soft toy its best shape and most winning personality.” —Diane Gilleland,

Stuffed Animals is the perfect one-stop handbook for bringing your softies to life. From selecting your design and finding the proper tools to the easy-to-follow construction steps, Abby will help bring your creations to shop level.” —Betsy Burger, Design Director for the Craft Department, Simplicity

“Abby has created a detailed and informative resource that will inspire you to stitch adorable characters while giving you the skills to design and construct them with ease.” —Betz White, author of Warm Fuzzies and Sewing Green

You can pre-order Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction today and start sewing your own stuffed animals by early May!