Hi I’m Jo Carter, the soft toy designer behind Two Owls Design. I live in the North West UK and design, sew and pack all of my kits in my garden workshop (normally with a podcast on for company).
With 20+ years experience in soft toy design, I started out turning company logos and mascots into prototype soft toys for factory production them moving on to designing original toy and quilt patterns for magazines and now for my own business.
My work has appeared in Love Patchwork and Quilting, Simply Sewing and Love Sewing magazines along with other books and bookazines and The Beginner’s Guide to Toy Making a collection of 29 of my patterns was published by Immediate Media in 2019. I appeared as a regular guest demonstrator on the Sewing Quarter shopping television channel.
Over the years I've made pyjamas for 9ft polar bears, soft toy people wearing chicken heads, cuddly motorbikes with sidecars - and some really bizarre things too.
I want to share my love of sewing and the affirmative joy of making by hand (and sewing machine!) by creating accessible patterns and kits with thorough instructions that guide through every step of the process. My fabrics are chosen for their quality, texture and feel and always have a woven back for ease of marking and cutting out.
Last but not least: all templates are always given at full-size because having to enlarge templates is one of my pet peeves!