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Plush You!: Lovable Misfit Toys to Sew and Stuff
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Plush You!: Lovable Misfit Toys to Sew and Stuff [Paperback]

Kristen Rask
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

October 23, 2007

Take this plush and STUFF IT!

Plush You! invites you into a world of more than 100 lovable—in a three eyes, ten arms, USO (unidentified stuffing object) sort of way—handmade toys to sew and stuff. Soon you, too, will be a softie when you fall for:

  • Wiggle, the Sweater-Wearing Tooth, who lives next to your sweet tooth and hides from his arch enemy...toothpaste.
  • Foxley Bagel, whose best friend is a fish who thinks Foxley is also a vegan. But, Foxley keeps a few secrets in his tail.
  • The Cockeyed Sock Monkeys who have perfect vision—in one eye—and never take it off of you.

Packed with inspiration from more than 90 plush artists from around the world, and complete with step-by-step instructions for making 15 unique projects, Plush You! will inspire you to replicate these quirky creations or invent one of your own.

You might be too old for stuffed animals, but you're never too old for a plushie. Create your own social circle of irresistibly charming, wickedly funny imaginary friends.

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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Kristen Rask is the proprietor of Schmancy Toys, a hip and fun store in a trendy Seattle neighborhood that is part of a trilogy of stores called "the Trilogy of Awesome": Fancy-Schmancy-Pants. She has always been fascinated with vinyl toys and has most recently fallen for the magic of plush. In addition to Plush You!, Kristen curates other shows at her store, and has plans to curate similar shows in other Seattle galleries as well. Visit her online at three Web sites:

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581809964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581809961
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,669,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A gallery, not a how to book October 29, 2007
I was quite disappointed with this book. It is more like a coffee table style gallery of plushies with a few tutorials. The tutorials were for the ones that any DIY'er could figure out on their own. I love many of the artists profiled in this book but I thought I was getting a resource on how to make my own versions of them, not just a display. I do admire the author's goals I just think the publisher needs to be more clear on what this book contains.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not plush enough October 26, 2007
October 2007 and I have just received a copy of "Plush You!" from Amazon. According to the editorial review there are over 100 plush toys to enjoy and this is correct. Yes, there are instructions for making at least 15 of them. However, those toys that included instructions were among the most simplistic of the toys. The more complicated and whimsical toys you could only look at and imagine how to make them. Do not expect this to be a "how-to" book. If only I knew then what I know now.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing December 10, 2007
By NoVa 4
I agree with the others' comments. This is certainly *not* a how-to book as you'd think. Sure, there's a dozen or so patterns (that must be enlarged), but the cutest works are simply pictures of what someone else made at their own sewing business. It's really a show-off book of what everyone else can do, with "convenient" little bits of info on who made what and where "you, too, can buy it!" sort of a thing. Annoying, and misrepresented.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Plush you, indeed December 9, 2007
This book was such a disappointment. It contains many photographs of cool handmade toys, but it only contains patterns and how-tos for a very few of them -- and definitely not for the ones I would have wanted to make. I'm giving it two stars instead of one because it is well-laid-out and could be a good source of inspiration for crafters. But you definitely shouldn't buy this one for its patterns.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading. January 4, 2008
Beginning with the cover, this book is misleading. The cover announces that this book contains "lovable misfit toys to sew and stuff". What this 143 page book, in fact, contains is pages and pages of photographs of beautiful soft toys, many of which I would love to have the patterns of, and only 12 patterns, all for the simplest and most amateurish of the toys. I purchased this book, believing that it was a craft book and upon its arrival, I felt both disappointed and misled.

This book is more of a catalogue of soft toys that you can purchase over the internet (almost all of the photographs in this book are accompanied by the web-site address of the artist), than an actual craft book. If you are looking for a good book of soft toys by various artists, with accompanying patterns, I recommend that you purchase Softies: Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals instead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge This Book By It's Cover March 3, 2008
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The pictures on the cover were deceptively cute, however this book has only a few, not-so-adorable softie patterns inside. If I were a pro at making plush toys I might be able to make some of the cute softies from pictures alone. The buyer must realize that this book is meant to be inspirational, but does not offer much knowledge on how to make the projects it displays on it's pages.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Inspiration for Designing Fun Critters April 5, 2008
I like to be inspired by a book and this one has caught my imagination and given it some ideas. Even the most complicated of these toys can be figured out easily - if you want to copy them faithfully. But, why would you? The idea, it seems to me, is to give you a jumping off point for letting your own "inner plushy" come out to play. I am a bit bewildered by the negative reviews. I love this book and think it's easily the best out on the subject. Even if I wanted to copy one of the critters exactly, it would be simple to do so - even for a fairly inexperienced sewer. Part of the fun of this type of doll is that each one is completely different from the others. I didn't think the patterns included were particularly necessary, and have to agree they are for such simple dolls that you can just take some graph paper and figure them out yourself. But then, I didn't think any patterns would be necessary. To me these are fun dolls that allow each of us to be playful and creative on our own. It's like the crochet books of the 70s compared to the ones around now - they show you the possibilities and what happens if you do this or that - and let you fly on your own.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh the ideas!!! December 31, 2007
If you are considering this book you have already noticed that toys aren't just for kids anymore. Toys have become soft sculptures and many of the best artists are represented here. This book is a great read, a good source of inspiration and a source for patterns. It is always fun to read about the artistic process - these folks are interesting and talented. I will be sharing this book with many of my friends who craft. I look forward to keeping it on my shelf and pulling it down whenever I need a little creative nudge.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great ideas and insstructions
Published 1 month ago by Becci
2.0 out of 5 stars Cool ideas but almost no instruction and no patterns
Cool ideas but almost no instruction and no patterns. I was thinking it would be a how to but I was mistaken.
Published 12 months ago by Becky
4.0 out of 5 stars I would give this 5 stars, but it doesnt ...
I would give this 5 stars, but it doesnt have enough directions to make things. A lot of the crafts were just examples, not patterns..
Published 13 months ago by Morgan Bellwether
5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely book, filled with cuteness and creativity!
I might be a bit biased, since I've had work in the Plush You! shows, but I thought this book was great! It was nice to read about the beginning of Plush You! Read more
Published on October 15, 2013 by A. Alloy-McFarlin
1.0 out of 5 stars Blah
I thought this book would give me more patterns or at least explain how to make your own patterns. But no, all it does is have some pictures. Not worth the shipping.
Published on March 12, 2013 by Emilene Sprouse
1.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive and ugly
With more than 50 designers listed in the back of the book, and more than 100 of their plushies pictured, this at first glance seems like a treasure. Read more
Published on June 16, 2011 by LINDA Riley
1.0 out of 5 stars It's a CATALOG!
Next time, read the reviews before I buy!

This is NOT a compendium of great things to make; it is merely a catalog and hardly that as the items you might enjoy do NOT... Read more
Published on December 6, 2009 by J. Melberger
1.0 out of 5 stars not quite clear
This one's getting returned. When I initially flipped through, I saw that there were patterns in the back, and there were tons of cute plush critters I was excited to make (and... Read more
Published on April 7, 2009 by E. Black
1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother
I was extremely disappointed in this book. I was expecting a book on how to make some cute, but quirky plush toys - mainly for my puppy but also possibly for baby gifts. Read more
Published on February 24, 2009 by Brenda Pink
3.0 out of 5 stars amimals are cute But...............
The book needed more patterns, the amimals are cute but I need patterns. There were only patterns for around 15 and not what I was looking for I wanted owls . Read more
Published on February 8, 2009 by P. Schwalm
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