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Felties: How to Make 18 Cute and Fuzzy Friends from Felt Paperback – October 20, 2009
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In a nutshell, it's cute. Did I mention that? No? Let me reiterate: it's cute. As in "My Neighbor Totoro" cute. The projects will create the most adorable little felt critters and characters ever, and they're perfect for x-mass gifts, cat toys, or whatever. The book is well laid out, beautifully printed, and the directions are clear and easy to follow. The designs themselves are wonderful, and the artist deserves credit for being, well, just so darned *cute*
My only gripe about this book is that it's short. There aren't that many designs, and while I enjoyed flipping through and going "aww ... that one's even cuter!" I was left wanting more. At the same time, I can see how it would be pretty easy to build new designs from what it taught here, so I can't deduct a star for that, really. However, be warned that the 80 pages doesn't translate to 80 designs - there are only 18 (which is stated in the product description, btw).
I started off with Mushroom Girl because to me she was the cutest. And I will be honest, it was a struggle, i almost gave up, probably took me about 3 hours. It probably didn't help that I started with a pattern with a lot of embellishments. But once I completed that first pattern I realized it wasn't really bad once I got into the sewing mindset. And from there I went to complete 10 of the 18 patterns in the book as of now. I'd say right now it takes me probably about 1-2 hours to complete a pattern.
Since my sewing skills aren't the great I modified as I went, making things easier for myself and adjusting the patterns to work a little better for me. The book is very simple to work with and definitely has given me a lot of ideas as to how I could create my own patterns, which I would like to try sometime soon. The patterns are very very small but I think it would be very simple to enlarge them on a copier to fit someone's comfort level.
Overall this is a fantastic book that has introduced me to a great new hobby! I just wish there were more patterns in the book!
*I've loaded pictures of the 10 patterns I've completed so far into the customer gallery.
This full-color book is divided by project (there are 18 total), and includes darling cartoon versions of the creatures that can be made. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied with drawings detailing what to do. Due to their simplicity, more than one project can be made in a day, although the time it takes largely depends on how small and precise your stitches are.
Here are a couple of quick tips: (1) I use wool-blend felt (sold on bolts in fabric stores) because it has a nicer texture and is a bit thicker than synthetic fiber felt. People really serious about the craft sometimes use pure wool felt. (2) Tweezers are really helpful for stuffing--I believe better than what is suggested in the book, because they give you the ability to hold and push stuffing through small spaces.
The photos section (top upper left of page) contains felties I made using the book's patterns and wool-blend felt. I hope you'll have as much fun with the designs as I have!
I would have given this 5 stars if it wasn't for some of the "friends" being of things I couldn't identify. Example, The Sun-Loving Rat. I thought it was a cat. "It's a rat??" I thought. I look more closely & then "ahh okay, I see how it's a rat now." There are a few friends that are like that. Even so, there are plenty of really adorable friends. I esp. like the Mushroom Girl.
There are 18 projects in all & if you want to know what you get to create here goes:
Babushka (a cutie with beads), Little Lion, Panda, Mushroom Girl, Sun-Loving Rat, Polar-roo, Pensive Rabbit, Sleepy Fox, Sailor Puppy, Messenger Bear (Does not look anything like a bear to me...), Cute Chihuahua, Curly Ram, Samurai Cat, Mummy Cat (awww so cute!), Retro Alien (I dig him), Pirate Mouse (how can you not love a pirate mouse?), Vivid Squirrel (I don't see the squirrel but I do see the vivid), Hoodie Wolf (another cutie).
The great thing about this is I find that what I don't like about a pattern, I can change. So if something doesn't really look like the critter named, I make some adjustments to make it look the way I like. This helps bring out some of your own inspiration & creativity. The book can give you a little creative boost so to speak! And of course there are the "friends" that are just so perfectly cute they don't need any changes!
Bottom line, I recommend this book if you are inexperienced like me or have kids who want to make felties! It's a good time! Yippie!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We have made a few types of these adorable felties in large numbers each Christmas for a few years now and everybody wants a copy of this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by RickDeckard
My daughter has made 3 from the book already. She is able to work on these independently and thinks that they are so cute - they are!!!Published 16 months ago by jenni oneill
Just received this book. It's small (approximately 8"x8" in size). There are 18 felt projects inside and directions and illustrations on how to make each one. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ingrid
I have made a bunch of these and they are all well loved. It took clumsy me a while to not get glue all over my little felties, but now I'm making them like a professional. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mary Brew
A great little book to help you on your way to creating little Felties and Dodie Dolls.Published 21 months ago by Susan J. Howes
It is a Nice book With detailed patterns, I have to study it well to manage this. Great gifts for children.Published 23 months ago by Inger Sofie Olberg
This is perfect for a first time 'feltie' maker! Instructions for the 18 items are simple yet complete and there are templates for pattern pieces. Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by K. Hill
Great book full of very cute projects. Good pictures and clear instructions make this a great addition to my doll making library.Published on August 13, 2013 by K. Jonas