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  • Rag Doll: simple 2-piece pattern, with separate arms and legs
  • Rag Doll: body and legs in one, with stitched hinges; curved dart at ankles; gusset round head adjusting errors in pattern
  • Slim Bird: simple 2-piece pattern, with separate, shaped wings
  • Whirlicock: simple pattern with gusset
  • Kangaroo: body with two gussets; separate arms and legs with soles; tummy gusset adapted for pouch
  • Sitting Cat: flat-based body with gussets; extra shaping at hips and cheeks; separate tail; lined ears
  • Little Bear: fur fabric toy, with reduced body pattern and widened gusset for greater accuracy; lined ears
  • Lizard: body pattern adjusted to fit shape of gussets; legs with curved darts, sewon onto body at an angle; the use of cross sections
  • Puppydog: jointed arms, legs and head; pattern made from front and side view silhouettes; separate top lips
  • Giraffe: Simple pattern for toy with legs and body all in one; adjusting pattern to prevent tucks between legs
  • Horse: second method for all-in-one toy; hips built out; open mouth
  • Modelled Head: taking pattern from a 3-dimensional model
  • Order of working

Title: Design Your Own Stuffed Toys
Author: Anne Dyer
Publication Date: Hardcover:1970
Publisher: Bell and Sons Ltd.
Page Count: 117
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 7 3/4"
ISBN: 0713515619

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. The patterns are complete, but need to be resized, and do not have seam guides printed on them. They do have the old a-b-c method of showing what order seams should be made and where.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions are pretty clear and there are a lot of illustrations to go with them to show the various steps of construction and design. The pictures of the toys are at good angles to show the toy off and even though all the photos are black and white, show the toys off to good advantage. I particularly like the lizard and the kangaroo.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating. This book's strongest selling point is its chapter by chapter addition of new design mechanics to master. It goes through in detail figuring out how to turn a silhouette into a three-dimensional toy. I have few books that do this aspect better. I highly recommend this book for those interested in the mechanics of toy design. I found it useful.