About Us

Hello! my name is Dermot O'Grady and i'm the Irish pattern designer behind CraftyKooka.

I live in County Wexford in the south east of rural Ireland with my  children, Tommy, Lester, Gil and Alice.


CraftyKooka started out as a fun way to pass the winter evenings making toys to give to my children.

I found it really engaging and everything I came up with was met with huge enthusiasm by the kids. The collection grew and over time the toys improved. Eventually i had the idea of starting an online store, and here it is!

The patterns in the shop are carefully developed so they're accessible to all sewers, from confident beginners to the more experienced.

I'm aware that arts and crafts people are very visual so the the instructions have lots of detailed illustrations. Hopefully making the whole process interesting and fun.