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  • Introductory
  • Trends in toys Today
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Stuffings
  • Stitches and Seams
  • Patterns
  • Using the templates and materials
  • Stuffing Openings
  • Leg Supports
  • Insertion of Glass or 'Perspex' Eyes
  • Insertion of Squeakers
  • Use of Brass Paper Fasteners
  • Insertion of Whiskers
  • Jointing of Head and Limbs
  • Enlarging and Diminishing the Size of a Toy
  • Balls
  • Dilys Duck
  • Cuddly Bunny
  • Timothy Teds
  • Lavinia Lambkin
  • Brownie the Horse
  • Peppi Poodle

Title: The Craft of Stuffed Toys
Author: Esme McLaren
Publication Date: Hardcover:1961
Publisher: G. Bell and Sons, Ltd.
Page Count: 126
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 7 3/4"
ISBN: None

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. The patterns are full size, well marked, except for seam allowance, and have good detail. There aren't many, but what few there are look great.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions are broken down both by body part and in a-b-c type steps, with illustrations throughout. This book's main claim to fame, however, is the thorough going over of basic toy making that seems to take up half the book. While it's a bit dated, there is still quite a bit of useful information here for the beginner. She takes nothing for granted about the reader's skill level, which I would have greatly appreciated when I started out.

SUMMARY- While this book doesn't go into developing one's own patterns, it does a thorough job of covering the basics of putting together and finishing a toy. A useful book to own.