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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600596754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600596759
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JEANETTE LIM has sold more than 9,000 of her original patterns in her Etsy shop (umecrafts.etsy.com). Jeanette is one of the 12 featured crafters in Craft-In (Lark, Fall 2010). She lives in SINGAPORE.

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This book is unique, fanciful , creative and just plain fun.
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I would definitely buy the book again, and plan to check to see if this author made any more like it.
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The directions and pictures are very clear and easy to follow.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Puckleberry on March 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you've been ordering felt patterns from Umecrafts, and/or have mastered the art of making felt items, this book is the next step in the creative process. Beautifully bound and photographed, the author gives superb advice about the tools and notions needed to create your felt item, as well as walking you through the creation of your items with simple instructions and terrific photographs. Prepare to dive into the projects with both feet; they range from fairly complicated to quite simple. It is important to note that all these projects are unique to the book; they are not available through Umecrafts on Etsy. Highly recommended for all crafters interested in making felt creations that are extremely lifelike.

My only issue with the book is that it can be difficult to photocopy some of the pattern pieces that are close to the spine. For those, I recommend using tracing paper instead. It would be useful for the publisher to include a CD or memory card with .pdf patterns for the reader to print out her or himself in future editions.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Channing Quinn Carter on January 13, 2012
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It's AMAZINGLY cute and the projects look so wonderful and the book makes it all look very easy. I will say, however, that it doesn't get too into detail about how to do a lot of the things they're telling you to do in the book so I can imagine some beginners getting frustrated or feeling a little lost as to how to do certain things. If you know how to sew by hand and have some experience with things like this, you'll likely love it. I was VERY excited to get started when I received this book and was looking at everything in it. I want to make almost everything. So far, I've made one slice of cake and a kiwi slice to go on top of it and I must say, I had a lot of frustrating moments. The pattern, at least for those two items, was not perfect... the cardboard form for the slice of cake BARELY fit into the outer felt shell and the whipped cream pieces on the top at the edges of the cake were more difficult to sew together than I anticipated... I guess it's kind of hard to explain the things that I found frustrating when making it all. I've been sewing things out of felt for months and by the looks of the projects, I thought it would be a breeze. I just wish they had given more detail about little things here and there that proved to be challenging. I can't understand why some pieces of felt that I cut out exactly as the pattern indicated ended up being too small once I was halfway through sewing them together. The kiwi slice, for example. I had to improvise when sewing the two faces of it to the thin side piece as the side piece turned out to be over half an inch shorter than it was supposed to be to complete the piece! I was so annoyed. I had to add another piece to it and thus had a seam at both corners of the slice which was fine but not how the book was supposedly instructing you to make it.Read more ›
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Alice on March 3, 2011
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This book offers more than 70 beautifully executed projects! The instructions are simple with TONS of photos to guide you and include easy-to-use full size patterns. The results are spectacular, with just enough detail to be extra cute, but not overly complicated. The projects are divided into sets or themes that include:

Cake (A yummy cake covered with fruits such as kiwi, sliced bananas, decorative frosting, etc.)
Camping (All the gear you need for a pretend campout - a log fire, s'mores, compass, pocket knife and more)
Sundae (An adorable banana split with whipped cream and cherries)
Office (Laptop, stapler, calculator - all the tools for success!)
Plants (Amazing bamboo, violets and cactus potted plants!)
Holiday (Super cute gingerbread house, plus cookies and milk for Santa!)
Veggies (Crunch carrots, juicy tomatoes, white radishes and more from the garden)
Doctor (A medical kit with stethoscope, prescription bottle, bandages and other healing equipment)
Grill (Hamburgers and hotdogs, anyone?)
Purse (Everything you need for a day on the town - lipstick, credit card, compact, cell phone!)
Fruits (Realistic pears, apples, bananas and watermelon)
Tools (A tool belt with hammer, electric drill, saw, wrench and screwdriver)

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in making toys or felties or plush projects!! There's something for everyone included!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 9, 2011
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This is a book I wish I had when my children were younger. It is full of easy to make, hand-sewn felt projects that include all kinds of food for kitchen play (including the fixings for a banana split and a cheeseburger), a set of workbench tools, office items like a laptop and calculator, a doctor kit, and a purse complete with wallet, cell phone, and lipstick! There is also a set of projects for play gardening and camping, including campfire logs with "fire". There are so many fun things to make to spark any child's imagination for playtime.

The book has lots of photos, clear instructions, and full size patterns to copy. The projects use standard felt and fiberfill that can be found at any craft store and some of them call for additional materials such as cardboard or plastic to add for firmness. There is also a section of Christmas ornaments and a felt gingerbread house.

I'll definitely be using this book to create toys for future grandkids! No age range is suggested for these toys, but some of the items are small, and others have small pieces of felt sewn on that, should they come loose, could pose a choking hazard for very young children who still put everything in their mouths, so discretion is advised. Otherwise, I love the potential for creative playtime that these projects provide.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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