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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • 1 GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
    • Preparing Patterns, Choice of Materials, Tools, Cutting Out, Stitching, Stuffing and Modelling, Point to notice with a view to designing and latering patterns
  • II SPECIAL PROCESSES
    • Inserting Glass Eyes, Making Felt Eyes, Making Eyelids and Lashes, Inserting Whiskers, Enlarging and Reducing Patterns
  • III BRICKS, BALLS AND TUMBLING TOYS
    • A Baby's Brick, A Simple Felt Ball, An Easter Ball, A Christmas Ball, A Ball from Eight Sections, A Bedfellow Ball, Sputnik the Rattly Ball, Tumbling Tommy, A Nodding Mandarin
  • IV RATTLES
    • Daffodil, Sunflower, Rose, Flag, Elephant's Head, Humpty-Dumpty
  • V BABIES' CUDDLY TOYS
    • Duckling, Felt Duck, Three Toys from One Pattern (Furry Duck, Penguin, and Owl), Squirrel
  • VI MINIATURES
    • Beach Kiosk, Toy Shop, Florist, Fishmonger, Butcher, Baker
  • VII NEEDLE MODELLING
    • A Felt Frog
  • VIII RAG DOLLS
    • Making Bodies and Heads, Toy Soldier, Clown, Elf, The Old Woman who lived in a shoe, Varying Your Dolls: Hair and Heads
  • IX JOINTED TOYS
    • Methods of Jointing, Teddy Bear, Rabbit, Poodle
  • X WIRED TOYS
    • Methods of Wiring: Birds- Swan, Parrot, Robin; Simple Standing Toy:Dog; Slim-legged Toys: Camel, Forest Fawn, Fairy Reindeer, Red Reindeer, Christmas Fawns; Realistic Toys: Rhinoceros, Giraffe; Imaginative Toys: Crab, Butterfly, Wasp, Dragon

Title: Modern Soft Toy Making
Author: Margaret Hutchings
Publication Date: Trade:1965
Publisher: Harlequin, Mills & Boon, Ltd.
Page Count: 243
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 7 1/2"
ISBN: 0263700178

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. The patterns are complete, but need to be resized, and do not have seam guides printed on the patterns. They have the old a-b-c method of showing what order seams should be made and where. All of the patterns are collected together in the back of the book, and they are worth collecting just for the variety.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions are clear and there are a lot of illustrations to go with them to show the various steps of construction/design. There are several color plates showing the toys in relation to each other, so you get an idea of their size when they are made up. Ms. Hutchings is really quite gifted, and made some really impressive toys.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating. Ms. Hutchings covers a lot of ground in 243 pages, and touches on the main mechanics of toy-making, but this book isn't really for a rank beginner. Unless you know the jargon and have already had some exposure, trying to figure out the "how" aspect could become frustrating.