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Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go Paperback – August 6, 2013
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That being said, I was sorely frustrated by the COMPLETE LACK OF SUFFICIENT PICTURES to show exactly what her very unclear directions said.
I am a very experienced seamstress (55+years) and can make almost anything, but Laura's directions are so incredibly confusing. I spent 3 different days struggling with the butterfly/caterpillar and STILL couldn't get it right. The solitary "drawing" of what to do was very amateurish and unclear as to what to do and what it was supposed to look like. 3 photos all showed the finished product but no clue as to how it got that way. The pattern did not say anything about a lining, which is necessary to complete the toy (at least that's the way it looks in the pics).
Same for the whale. She really needs to re-do this book with some detailed pictures on HOW to do those complicated seams and the tricky toys that turn inside out. I got this book from the library but don't plan to buy it just because of this serious glitch. I was going to give them as a baby shower gift but the outcome was less than satisfying.
Otherwise, these are great ideas for some creative toys for kids. And also a great way to make up stories to go with them.
What is inside are fun projects that make for perfect gifts although I'm not sure the recipient may be aware of all the work going into them.
My favorite is the crocodile with the zipper mouth.
There are two problems I have with this: Many of these projects are for very young children. There are many with little buttons and small parts that, if not sewn tightly enough, may come off and present as a hazard. There is a small section in the front that talks about age appropriateness of the projects and offers suggestions for alternatives (like sewing an eye on instead of using a button) but I think these need to be repeated with every project.
The second problem I have is (and I'm not trying to be super sensitive) that the last project in the book is a circus flip doll with conjoined twins and a bearded lady. Making a toy for a child who is conjoined is one thing but making it as a toy that is for entertainment is a reminder of how 'we' exploited individuals for entertainment over the years. I just didn't think it was necessary.
What I think is missing is flip dolls like Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, ones that can be used as a story is told.
Next up is the "Zip & Stack" section which includes a stacking tree, nesting flowers, elephant parade, cheshire cat, smiling crocodile, and sly fox. All of these either utilize zippers or stacking methods to make them unique. The elephant and trees are rated easy while the others in this section are moderate.
Next is "Hide, Seek, & Go" which includes a peekaboo turtle, getaway car, bouncy bunny, gulp the whale, winged horse, and nuts n' bolts robot. Pretty self explanatory. The Turtle hides in or out of his shell. Bouncy Bunny uses elastic to make him go. Etc. These are all rated at the moderate skill level.
"Show & Tell" features items that are more for display than play. Good Times watch, bright ideas computer, plucky ukulele, crabby crab, knotty frog, perching bird, lie detector. All of these are listed within the moderate skill range. The best one here is the bright ideas computer -- a cloth computer where the screen is a window just big enough to fit a photo, blank pages, art work, even a small sketchbook.
The "Flip & Turn" section is likely the one that people will buy the book for. The dolls that are a two in one flip. These dolls flip inside out instead of upside down. Cat-Fish, Secret Message chat bubbles, The caterpillar and the butterfly, George and the dragon, The owl and the pussycat, Superhero, Vampire-Bat, Circus flip. There are a mix of easy, moderate, and advanced in this section.
The book includes templates for all projects in the back -- you'll need a way to enlarge them.
These 27 projects are all adorable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed when I recieved this. I was looking for a book that had better looking things to make. I am sure someone will love it, but it just wasn't what I wanted.Published 2 months ago by mrszee
when I bought this book, I was very disappointed with the directions. They are very, very poor. I got very very angry because I really wanted to make the flip dolls. Read morePublished 4 months ago by leila lima
This book is amazing!! U have to go online to get the patterns, but that's easy. Some things are harder to make, but all in all, a wonderful book!! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nancy Mills
I sewed the Smiling Crocodile - first nowhere in the book are seam allowances mentioned. The distance between the legs is a bit short to get a good turn with the clipping you need... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Debra
I like the idea of this book and don't mind the basic, almost folk art style of the toys. However, the instructions are not only light but I found a few errors. Read morePublished 19 months ago by littleb
I like it and im glad I added it to my collection but I wish it had told me I had to enlarge the patterns im really disappointed because I wanted to build things from it right away... Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by Cindy H. White
I have not sewn anything yet as I just received the book but I did look through it and there is not a lot of detail or pictures. Read morePublished on May 19, 2014 by Becka B