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  • Introduction
  • Before You Begin
  • Sewing Skills
  • Dolls & Doll Clothes
  • Animals & Nursery Toys
  • Templates
  • Acknowledgments

Title: Toys to Sew
Author: Claire Garland
Publication Date: Trade:2006
Publisher: Potter Craft
Page Count: 96
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 0307345416

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. The patterns are designed to enlarge on a photocopier - by far my favorite method if I have to resize toy patterns. They have seam allowances marked and written on each pattern piece, and some markings to show where darts, buttonholes, etc. are placed. Despite their simplicity and minimalist approach, they do have charm. I especially like the cat and mouse skittles game. These toys are meant to be safe and fun for very young children.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. Instructions are pretty sketchy, but the patterns are simple. Still, if you are a rank beginner, I probably wouldn't hand you this book unsupervised. There aren't any illustrations to go with the instructions, which I often find so helpful in figuring out what the heck they are trying to tell me to do next. The pictures of the toys already made up are good, and would help some. A cutting layout would also have been helpful, especially since some of the fabrics she suggests do have a grainline(i.e., she isn't just working in felt).

SUMMARY- This book is about making up the patterns she provides, which it does pretty well for people who already make stuffed toys and know their way around a pattern.