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  • Chapter One: The Basics
  • Chapter Two: Tiny and Slimy
    • Small Lizard, Frog, Snake, and Turtle
  • Chapter Three: Land of the Lost
    • Diplodocus
    • Stegosaurus
  • Chapter Four: Radical Reptiles
    • Large Sitting Turtle
    • Lizard
    • Snake
  • Chapter Five: The World of Fantasy
    • Unicorn
  • Chapter Six: Terror of the Deep
    • Shark
    • Fish
  • Chapter Seven: Cute and Cuddly
    • Kitty, Puppy, and Bunny
    • Lamb
    • Duckling
  • Chapter Eight: Creepy Critters
    • Ladybug
    • Bat
    • Tarantula
  • Chapter Nine: Mamas and Babies
    • Mama Whale and Baby
    • Mama Pig and Piglet
  • You're Invited...
  • Sources
  • Index

Title: Teach Yourself To Make Soft Toys
Author: Jodie Davis
Publication Date: HC:1997
Publisher: Friedman/Fairfax Publishers
Page Count: 120
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11 1/2" x 8 3/4"
ISBN: 1-56799-399-0

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating. Pattern pieces are full size and easily photocopied or traced out of the book (none of the pattern pieces cross the seam holding the pages together - she cuts the pattern piece into two parts for you to tape back together rather than commit this annoying sin! There are seam allowances and dots to help guide the sewer and the pattern pieces are well marked, so you know what your looking at. There is a very wide variety with some nice details - like a red zipper mouth on the shark and little fishies the right size for him to chase. The unicorn has hooves - but a lot of the animals are missing paw and hoof details. These toys were designed with 4 to 8 year-olds in mind, however, so I'm not going to take a star for that.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions are broken down into steps and are well illustrated. You have to jump around a little because the basic instructions are all up front, but they are so basic that I don't think that's really a problem, and she gives you pages numbers as well as an index to find your way around without having to hunt hard. This is a great beginner's book!

SUMMARY- There aren't many books I can recommend to beginners, so I was really pleased to come across yet another one of Ms. Davis' finely crafted books. She's always a pleasure, but she obviously took extra effort here to provide an entry level work for new toy crafters. This book is worth hunting down.