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About the designer

I am a plush pattern designer, craft book author, and sewing teacher. I design patterns for stuffed animals from my home studio in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Sewing dolls and toys is my passion! I ...

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Shelley the Snail

from Abby Glassenberg Design
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Shelley the Snail
Shelley the Snail
Shelley the Snail
Shelley the Snail
Shelley the Snail

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sewing a straight stitch on a sewing machine.
  • Sewing two pieces right sides together.
  • Ladder stitch.
  • Backstitch.

Pattern Description:

The perfect gift for any garden lover or springtime baby, Shelley the Snail is a cute and snuggly stuffed animal that is easy to sew and so fun to play with. Snails are a regular garden resident in the springtime and the discovery of a snail among the flower beds is exciting for children and adults alike. Give Shelley the Snail as a handmade gift and the recipient will have a perennial, and cheerful, reminder of springtime.

This pattern is perfect for anyone interested in sewing a softie, beginners and more advanced sewers alike. I take you through every step with clear and thorough written instructions and photos.


You can sell items made from this pattern as long as you follow these regulations:

1. Keep a copy of your receipt as proof of purchase.
2. The items cannot be mass-produced. They must be made by hand, one at a time.
3. Items must be made only by the individual that purchased the pattern.
4. Credit is given to Abby Glassenberg as the pattern designer on a tag affixed to each item and, if selling online, the listing must contain a direct link to where the pattern can be purchased.
5. You may make alterations to the pattern, but you must still link to the original pattern and credit Abby Glassenberg on the item's tags and listings.

Thank you!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • The finished snail is 7 inches tall x 11 inches wide.


  • 1/4 yard of patterned fleece
  • 1/4 yard of solid fleece
  • All-purpose thread to coordinate with the fabrics
  • Fiberfill stuffing, 6 ounces
  • Embroidery floss in white and dark pin, 18 inches of each
  • Scraps of white and gray felt

You Will Also Need:

  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Embroidery needle
  • Disappearing fabric marker or chalk
  • Craft glue
  • Glue stick
  • Pins
  • Scissors for fabric
  • Small embroidery scissors
  • Optional: hemostats, 5-inch doll needle, freezer paper