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Working with Fabric
Patterns and Instructions: Guidelines
Rod the Mouse
Rosie the Strawberry
Customizing Your Plush Pal
About the Author
Title: Make Your Own Plush Pals Author: Victoria Maderna
Publication Date: TPB:2010
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, NY
Page Count: 87
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
PATTERN RATING: Patterns are full size and are marked mostly just for placement of applique style features and embroidery. Pieces travel into the ditch(where the spine of the book forces the pages to bend) so the spine will have to be broken if you want unwarped photocopies. The toys are fairly simple and engaging with enough detail to hold interest.
INSTRUCTION RATING: Instructions are pretty well broken down and easy to follow. There are plenty of illustrations to support the instructions. I think someone new to sewing could use this book with fair results.
SUMMARY- I don't know why I like the corduroy Cubefish on the cover so much - but I really do. These would be great cuddle toys for younger children - nothing for them to pull off and swallow if you use safety or embroidered eyes. The toys are simple without being simplistic, if you understand the difference. I think they have enough charm and personality to stand on their own, and the photographer thought so too. I was really pleased to add this book to my collection. The designer is an Argentinian illustrator. This is her first dip into the world of stuffed toys.