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  • Introduction
  • Equipment
  • Materials
  • Pattern Preparation
  • Sewing Techniques
  • Toys and Dolls to Make
  • Index

Title: Making Stuffed Toys
Author: Jane Gisby & Sue Quinn
Publication Date: Hardcover:1995
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
Page Count: 95
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11 1/2" x 10 1/2"
ISBN: 0263063798

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. The patterns have to be enlarged but are on graphs to help you. They use the a-b-c method of marking the pattern for sewing. Patterns have a nonstandard seam allowance of 1/5" - which isn't noted on the patterns themselves. The book is about half animals/half dolls. Both sections give good photos of the toys. She'd have another star if it weren't for the missing seam allowances on the patterns.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions come with photo illustrations. It's hard to get better than that.

SUMMARY- There's some good tutorial here for making doll hair from yarn. Details on the patterns are simple - like a knot in the end of the mouse's string tail - that add just enough to the toy to make you want one. yes, I know I've said I don't like cute, but Ms. Gisby and Ms. Quinn manage to walk that narrow line between charming and diabetic. I would recommend this book.