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  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 : The Fun starts Here
    • Once Upon a Time
    • Playing Safe
    • It's Tool Time
    • Material Matters
    • Accessorize!
    • Drawing and Sewing Patterns
    • Attach, Patch, Latch
    • Heads or Tails
    • Friendly Faces
    • Spots and Dots
    • Pockets Full of Fun
    • All Together Now
  • Chapter 2 :Purrfect Pals and GRReat Buds
    • Hot Dawg
    • PeeWee Pup
    • Catastrophe
    • Polkadilly Pooch
    • Skittles the Kitten
  • Chapter 3 : Wiggles, Jiggles, and Lots of Giggles
    • Wacky Wilma
    • Oh Laydbug
    • Fred Frog
    • Tuttles Turtle
    • Butterfly Flower
  • Chapter 4 : Puppets and Poppets
    • Bumbles Bunny
    • Leonardo Lion
    • Hamlet Hamster
    • Hocus P. Ocus
    • Marvin Monkey
  • Chapter 5 : Topsy-Turvy and a Little Groovy
    • Willy Nilly
    • Hairy-Etta
    • Geeker
    • Raggle Taggle
    • Pencil Poppers
  • Chapter 6 : Bears, Hares, and Hugs to Share
    • Ted ZZZ Bear
    • Wibbit Wabbit
    • Dudz Bear
    • Wibbles
    • Glam Bear
  • More Creative Play
    • Stories and ideas
    • Lights, Laughter, Action
  • Pattern Sheets Index and Project Numbers
  • Source Information
  • About the Author

Title: Easy-to-Sew Playful Toys
Author: Debra Quartermain
Publication Date: Trade:2004
Publisher: Kraus Publications Books
Page Count: 143
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11 3/4" x 8 1/4"
ISBN: 0873498380

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. This lady doesn't just give you full-size pictures of the patterns she gives you real, tissue paper patterns in a pouch attached to the back page of the book. They have seam allowances marked, as well as placement for all her details. And boy, are there a lot of them! If you're looking for realistic looking animals, you're not going to find them in this book, BUT you will find lots of personality, silliness and fun. A lot of the toys have dual purposes, with pockets or as games. I especially liked the ladybug dominoes.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. She doesn't give you a picture by picture make up of each toy, but she does give you quite a few pictures of completed steps, and her written instructions are pretty clear. Still, if you've never sewn before, you're gonna want someone around who does, at least for moral support.

SUMMARY- Ms. Quartermain gets an honorable mention for inventiveness. While this book is all about making the fun projects she's laid out, her sheer inventiveness is pretty sparky. I've never much cared for the look of velcro on a toy, but like the idea of being able to get a toy with long arms to 'hug'. Ms. Quartermain sewed magnets into one of her toys to make it poseable and it still looks great as well. You'll have to go find the book for yourself to see what I mean. This book was well worth the money.