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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • Materials and Tools
  • Glossary for American Readers
  • PART I. DESIGN
    • 1. Choice of design - A Profile Horse
      • Copying the drawing from existing artwork, Method of enlarging, Making the elementary pattern, Materials, Cutting out, Sewing, Stuffing, Finishing
    • 2. Designing the advanced toy
      • Application of theory to practice, Materials, Sewing, General information on stuffing, Stuffing the standing horse, Criticism of the mistakes in original "first-off" pattern, General information on finishing, General information on eyelids and eyelashes, Finishing the standing horse, Wiring standing toys
    • 3. Designing a sitting cuddly toy
      • Making up
    • 4. Adaptation of Patterns
    • 5. Designing a doll
      • Variation applied to the doll pattern, Making up the doll, Finishing, Making clothes
  • PART II. PATTERNS
    • 1. Pram toys
      • Rattles, Pram chicks and ducks with bells, Jumping clown
    • 2. The first soft toys
      • Cuddles
      • Teddy Bear
      • Ball
    • 3. Toys for 1- to 3-year olds
      • Scamp, Little Bunny Cottontail, Baby Lamb, The Sunny Bear, Panda, Begging Poodle
    • 4. Toys for 3- to 5-year olds
      • Prunella - a soft doll, Cookie - a floppy doll, Minnie- a little bear girl, Brock the badger, Mr. and Mrs. Duck, Donalda
    • 5. Animals from a zoo
      • Elephant, Camel, Giraffe
    • 6. Circus toys
      • Clown, Monkey, Circus dog
    • Washing and repairing soft toys
    • Note on Kathe Kruse
    • Bibliography

Title: How to Make and Design Stuffed Toys
Author: Rudi de Sarigny
Publication Date: Trade:1978
Publisher: Dover Publications
Page Count: 239
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 3/4" x 8"
ISBN: 86236250

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. The patterns need to be enlarged, use the a-b-c method of marking, and don't show seam allowances. Someone new to soft toy making will struggle with them.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions are thorough but not always easy to follow - and there are very few illustrations for making up the toys themselves.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating. This was the first book I ever owned on designing soft toys, and I was very very lucky. It also happens to be the best I've ever run across. The section on designing your own patterns is very thorough and goes into excellent detail on drawing gussets - a really critical part of designing 3-dimensional toys. This part of the book is well illustrated, and has one photo that on its own is worth the price of admission for me. It's in the section where she goes through all the steps of designing a horse pattern, and it shows the two stuffed mistakes before she got the pattern the way she wanted it. I thought I was just really bad at pattern designing until I saw that picture, and realized no one gets it right the very first time. She was smarter than me in that she does her trial runs in scrap fabric, rather than the nice fabric she intended for the end result toy (please see the page "Why Fangshui Is a Flounder" to see what I mean!).