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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • GETTING STARTED
  • Introduction
  • WORKING WITH PLUSH
    • Pattern Layout: Nap, Pinning, Marking; Cutting: Scissors, Wheel, Knife, Shearing; Sewing: Seams, Thread, Needles, Freeing Pile; Care
  • WORKING WITH STRETCH VELOUR
    • Pattern Layout: Nap, Stretch, Marking; Cutting: Scissors, Wheel; Sewing: Needles and thread; Care
  • WORKING WITH STRETCH FLEECE
    • Pattern Layout: Nap, Stretch; Cutting: Scissors, Wheel; Sewing: Seams, Needles and Thread; Care
  • WORKING WITH TEXTURED NYLON
    • Pattern Layout: Grain; Cutting; Sewing: Sewing Elastic; Care
  • EYES
    • French Knots, Velcro Dots, Buttons, Commercial Eyes, Puffy Fabric Eyes
  • NOSES
    • Fabric Noses, Satin Stitch, Commercial Noses
  • FILLINGS
    • Quality, Expense, Where to Buy It, Stuffing, Care, Closing
  • PROJECTS
    • Easy Creatures; Kissy Fishy; Party Animal; Caterpillar; Teddy; Monster; P.J. Birdy; Buzzard; Lazy Dog; Super Pig; Firefly; Crocodile
  • GLOSSARY

Title: Soft Toys to Sew
Author: Sheila McGraw
Publication Date: Trade:1992
Publisher: Firefly Books
Page Count: 168
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 1895565111

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. Ms. McGraw's patterns have to be enlarged, BUT they are on grids And there are instructions on the grid telling you exactly what percentage to use with the enlarge function on a standard copy machine - you don't have to spend a lot of money at a copy center guessing what setting to use. The seam allowances are not written on the patterns. she uses dots and notches to help guide the crafter along with basic sewing instructions ( like how many to cut, grain-line, etc.) Her patterns look like a lot of fun! I especially liked the Superpig, and the crocodile with a white zipper for its teeth, though the buzzard was a close runner-up - you don't see that every day. The pictures are huge and colorful and funny.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions are well illustrated step-by-step and look to be easy for even someone with only a little experience to follow.

SUMMARY- Her first four chapters are devoted just to the four types of fabrics she likes to use and how best to use them. If you are unfamiliar with why specific fabrics work well for a particular project, these are solid tutorials.