I’m Shirley Berg, the author of PatternPlanet. I design patterns for plush toys with felt in mind as the primary medium–felt is very easy to work with and beginners especially, appreciate that! My work as a designer began after I bought some felt food patterns to make Christmas gifts for my grandchildren. I ended up being very frustrated because they seemed hastily done without attention to “small details” like symmetry. I found myself redrawing the templates for nearly every pattern I bought. Among other things, it made me a little crazy to have shapes that should’ve been symmetrical, not be. After spending too much time reworking other designers patterns, I decided to try my hand at designing my own. Turns out I was pretty good at it. I have shops at both Etsy and Craftsy now and business is getting better all the time!
This blog is intended not only to let you know of my new pattern releases and as a place to ask questions about my designs, but as a learning resource where you’ll read about helpful products and sewing in general. I focus on hand sewing because that’s how most of my designs are constructed.
I hope you’ll find this a fun and informative place to hang out…I’m really glad you’re here!