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  • Acknowledgment
  • Introduction
  • General Instructions
  • Metric and Imperial Measurements
  • How to make the stitch-around toys
  • How to make the rosette toys
  • Two little dolls, sleeping baby and Victorian Miss
  • The three little kittens
  • Humpty Dumpty game
  • Hansel, Gretel, and the wicked witch
  • Playful ponies
  • Lavender dolls
  • Three bears cottage
  • Little boy blue and little girl pink
  • The owl and the pussycat
  • Five jungle animals
  • Pencil toppers
  • Four glove puppets
  • Fortune-telling gypsy doll
  • Bread dough miniatures
  • The hamsters, a family of mascots
  • "Cries of London" peg dolls
  • Mrs. Caterpillar
  • Miniature rag doll
  • Teddy in a carry-cot
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus at home
  • The man in the moon
  • Baby doll in a basket
  • Furry families

Title: Miniature Toys/Small Cuddly Toys
Author: Jean Greenhowe
Publication Date: Hardcover:1980
Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., London/Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., NY
Page Count: 120
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 7 1/2"
ISBN: 0442243383(UK)/0-8069-5710-7(US)

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. Pattern pieces are very basic. Seam allowance is left off because she has you pin the pattern piece to two layers of fabric and sew around the pattern edge before cutting it out. She makes great use of yo-yos(she calls them rosettes) in many of her designs that work really well. The toys have personality and are pretty engaging - especially her herd of playful ponies. Little girls would go crazy for them.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. Instructions are well written, but there is so little illustration to go along with them, that if you aren't comfortable with her terminology and already have some prior skill, the instructions might not help. Despite the simple designs, this may not be a good book for beginning sewers, but a pleasure for anyone with some experience.

SUMMARY- She gets an honorable mention for showing toy makers the easy way to sew around very small pieces of fabric. I learned it making Barbie clothes for my sister and cousins growing up, but I've never seen it written up in a book before. Her innovative use of rosettes is also a cool technique worth the price of admission. You'll notice there are two covers shown with two different titles. One was printed in England and the other here in the States. They happen to be the same book once you crack open the covers. It annoyed me, but maybe my mistake will help you avoid buying the same book twice if you're a fan of Jean Greenhowe's designs.

The designer has a website: where she has original knit patterns for sale and also has some free patterns available for download.

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