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Aranzi Cute Stuff Paperback – March 25, 2008
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On the Aranzi Aronzo line, "...a perfect gift for the crafty friend who’s grown weary of making the holiday centerpieces and Halloween costumes in Martha Stewart Living and Better Homes and Gardens." - PopCultureShock.com
"So, if you've been dying to try out a Japanese book, but have stayed away because of the language barrier - you don't have to wait any longer! Not only can you make those cute dolls, but the accessories that have their image too!" - www.stacysews.com
"One look through this book of dolls and you will want to make them all! These aren't your typical, cute dolls. The dolls in this book are funky and unique, just like the lay-out of the book itself." -- About.com
"Cute Stuff is highly recommended for the novelty of its individual crafts projects, and the many, many hours of personal pleasure and sense of accomplishment they will afford." -- Midwest Book Review
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"Cute Stuff" provides patterns and instructions for making 16 different Aronzo character-themed projects (if you aren't familiar with the Aranzi Aronzo characters, check out the Aronzo website, [...] - they're sort of like the Sanrio/Hello Kitty characters, only with more personality). These include: hair bands, book covers, draw-string bags, assorted pencil cases/purses/zippered pouches, felt keyrings, tote bags, tissue cases, napkins, felt envelopes, water-bottle covers, and scarves. Because of the practical nature of these projects, I have found this book to be far more useful that its predecessors. I love making cute dolls, but I don't have the space to keep them and I feel guilty whenever I make one. However, I can use a water-bottle cover, for example, so have a much easier time justifying making it to myself.
The patterns and projects are slightly more difficult than those in the previous books. Whereas most of the projects in the previous Aronzo craft books could be made by hand-sewing, many of these projects require a sewing machine. Furthermore, some also require techniques, such as quilting and fitting zips, which, although not extremely difficult, may cause problems for absolute beginners. Nevertheless, as with the other books, the instructions are fully illustrated and easy to follow, and colour photographs are provided throughout.
Using simple things easily found at any crafts store, the book will teach you to go from gathering your supplies together to making your patterns and finishing your projects.
Oh! And the projects are so original. The long doll scarves, the book covers, the key rings, hair ornaments and more will send you over the moon with delight!
This is a goldmine of stuff to make that you will treasure and have fun using!
I love this book!
The instructions are well written and very cute, and there is a conversational feel to the project descriptions that made me laugh out loud at times. I'm glad I got it.
There are few projects in this book that you can't add a felt appliqué to, making it easy to personalize your projects.
In addition to the great projects and patterns in this book, the book itself is a joy to read-- if you're anything like me, the writing will have you in stitches (pun intended)!
Mini tote bags, hair accessories, pencil pouches, etc... All things you could actually use, and would make great gifts for someone!
My 6 year old daughters actually like me to "read" them this book and show them the instruction diagrams, patterns, etc. Really! It's obviously translated into English from Japanese, in a fun, happy way! Going thru the how-to's of a project makes my kids smile.
If you are looking for detailed, exact patterns this probably isn't the book for you. But there are templates and cutting/sewing directions with measurements, so it's easy to do yourself! I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking to do simple crafts, not just for kids!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cuter Stuff, the next book is way better. These projects are just okay, and more difficult for kids to learn than in Cuter StuffPublished 11 months ago by Terry Weiss
Lots of cute projects in this book. Easy to follow directions. I am very happy with this book.Published 15 months ago by Terri Aden
They are cute and quite easy to make. Easy to understand instruction, the most important is the pattern, I like them very much!Published on January 11, 2014 by CHAM, HUI CHING
So quirky and original. love this book. very good for using up those little scraps that you don't want to waste.Published on October 20, 2013 by Mrs. Suzanne M. Jankowski
I thought this was a very cute book, my 3-year old found a number of products that she wanted me to make for her.Published on March 29, 2011 by HRBLindberg
This book is exactly what I was looking for as a new sewer. Sure, it's narrated by two bunnies but who wouldn't want to learn to sew from two bunnies? Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by Heremeow
I saw this book had a lot of good reviews and the view things I could see on the cover was cute. So ordered it, it came faster then the expected date which is a plus. Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by Amazon Customer
I love this book! It is so cute and easy to manage. I'm working on my first project now - although I don't have too much time to work on it, the book clearly takes you on a step by... Read morePublished on April 16, 2009 by Julianna
My daughter loves this series and we recommend it for all the wonderful ideas. Suggestion would be that patterns be separate from bound book to make it simpler to copy.Published on December 20, 2008 by Susan Marens