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bottom of book image cut off by scanner - will replace when I have time Cover image property of Chartwell Books, Inc.


  • Materials & Equipment
  • Techniques
  • Daft Dinosaurs
  • Teddy Bears & Friends
  • Monster & Midget Mice
  • Spiders, Octopus & Fly
  • Pixies & Imps
  • Fishy Business
  • Bugs!
  • Tumbling clown & Pierrot
  • Slow Coaches
  • Veggie Folk
  • Masters of Disguise
  • Rainbow Ark & Animals

Title: Step by Step Art of Making Soft Toys
Author: Alan Dart
Publication Date: Hardcover:1994
Publisher: Chartwell Books, Inc.
Page Count: 108
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 11"
ISBN: 0671714279

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. The patterns have to be enlarged, do not show seam allowances, and feet/paws are very basic. There is a nice variety, and the finished toys show a lot of personality. The toys are kid-friendly and very creative. The examples shown are in very loud primary colors that will directly appeal to kids. Some can even be worn. I've found another exception to my no cute anthropomorphs rule - vegetables with faces. They're a hoot. I can't wait to make a cornucopia of them to tease my vegetarian friends at Thanksgiving.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions are clear and well laid out. There are plenty of illustrations and great color photos of the finished toys.

SUMMARY- The book has some great pictorial layouts of how to do eyes in several different ways, shows what puffy fabric paint can do for certain toys, and is so creative in its wide range of ideas that it is likely to spark a crafter's imagination just thumbing through it. While the cuteness of the toys are for the most part not to my taste, it's still a book I'm very happy to have on my shelf and well worth the read.