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  • Introduction
  • I. Before You Start
  • II. Your First Attempt - a Practice Toy
  • III. The Little Teddy Bear
  • IV. The Lying-Down Cat
  • V. A Simple Glove Puppet
  • VI. The Sitting Panda
  • VII. The 'Pensarn' Dog: Sitting
  • VIII. The West Highland Dog: Standing
  • IX. The Simple Golliwog and a 'Hula' Girl
  • X. A Simple Doll
  • XI. The chimpanzee
  • XII. Using up the scraps
  • Conclusion

Title: Make Your Own Soft Toys
Author: Phyllis Chappell
Publication Date: Hardcover:1961
Publisher: Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd.
Page Count: 95
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 7 3/8" x 5"
ISBN: None

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. A lot of the patterns are full-sized, for very small toys, and use the old a-b-c method of marking. Seam allowances aren't marked. The faces of her toys have some personality, but there is a lot of detail lacking otherwise - probably on purpose, as this appears to be aimed at beginning crafters. I have no idea what a 'golliwog' is, other than apparently a black doll. I never heard this term till I started buying UK and Australian books. If you're reading this and know more than I do, please do set me straight.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. Instructions are pretty minimal, with only a little illustration to help the crafter.

SUMMARY- This is the second book of Ms. Chappell's I found, but it was written well before the first one I reviewed. I didn't find this one nearly as engaging as Soft Toy Making and there are fewer patterns here. Despite this, some of the patterns, while pretty basic, were worth taking a look at.