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Softies Kit: Instructions and Tools for Creating 15 Plush Pals Hardcover – February 27, 2008

3.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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About the Author

THERESE LASKEY is a crafter living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author or "Softies" by Chronicle Books. She also has an upcoming book on Zakka, a Japanese fashion and home design trend, which will release in Autumn 2008 by Stewart, Tabori, and Chang.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Box Pck edition (February 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811858863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811858861
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,495,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have the book and the kit and they are not the same. As it says in the description, there are 15 patterns--10 new, 5 from the book. The new patterns are:

Japanese Cherry Cake, which is a fancy version of Party Cake from the book
Little Penguin, which can be seen on the cover. (Round, cute penguin! Yay!)
Hambone, a stuffed ham, which is completely adorable and enough reason to buy the kit as far as I'm concerned.
Little Elephant,seen on the front. There's also a pattern for a little bird to sit on his back
Deer iPod Holder--self-explanatory
Chick in a Bonnet--seen on the cover. Quickly made from felt, she's be perfect for an Easter basket.
Sparkle Bunny--a felt, highly embellished bunny.
Gingerbread House--a small, felt gingerbread house that I am totally going to make out of black felt and turn it into a Halloween house.
Charlotte with Her Fedora--seen on the cover, an adorable chick with beaded eyelashes who seems very pleased with herself and her hat!
Birthday Banner--a banner made from felt.

Patterns included from the book:
Paper Doll Dress--2-D felt dresses
Treeling--stuffed tree
Ice Cream Sandwich--an ice cream sandwich
Dorian the Dog--a teeny embroidered dog
Party Cake--a small stuffed cake

Also included are materials to make Party Cake--a sheet of pink felt, a sheet of white felt, stuffing, white and pink embroidery floss, one needle, and a tiny pom-pom in a little plastic bag that gets lost really, really easily, so keep an eye on it.

The new patterns are as cute as the ones in the Softies book, and I don't mind having 5 repeats; since the instructions are on cards in the kit that makes it easier to take them along.
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What a waste of money, I would totally return this if I could. There are some very cute patterns (all on the cover and back).Some of the patterns are so horribly ugly (read junk) that they look like they were created by a small child at summer camp. And all the patterns are on cards which makes it really easy to misplace.Most of all I want to stree these stuffies are REALLY REALLY tiny about 6 inches tall.
From the cost of this you may think you are getting a "kit" you are not. You will get 2 small HORRIBLE pieces of super cheap felt which are totally see-through, 2 skiens of cross stitching floss, a pom pom lost in the first 5 seconds, a cheap needle and some batting in a plastic bag...some cards and a piece of paper with tiny patterns printed on them, the finished items (which you will need to buy a lot more stuff to complete)are so tiny they are hard to sew. Save your money and buy something else!
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Do you want to learn how to make soft toys and plush pals. This was a wonderful - enjoyable – delightful & therapeutic KIT book: Softies Kit: Instructions and Tools for Creating 15 Plush Pals by Therese Laskey
This craft kit book opened my eyes and taught me new concepts and is perfect for three types of people – those seeking knowledge of soft toys- , those wanting to try something new-, and those wishing to make dolls, animals, and other felt creations.
This book has many cute ideas and patterns, they are colorfully portrayed to excite the senses and get those creative juices flowing! Craft on! There are step-by-step instructions every skill level. Make & create 15 different projects. All steps are explained.
• Includes:
24-page instructional booklet
15 folded project cards with finished photographs and step-by-step instructions
8 pattern sheets
2 skeins of embroidery floss
Two 6-1/2 x 13 in. pieces of felt for one project
Needle
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First off what's the diff? Both have some of the same projects, both have instructions on individual projects, both have basic embroidery how-to's and both come with patterns, but that's about it.

There are 25 projects in the book and 15 projects in the kit, only 5 are the same in both. Two of the projects they have in common are Treeling and the Cake. One of the cutest softies in the kit is the Hambone.

Biggest difference between the two is that the kit is, well, a kit. Meaning it already comes with embroidery floss, needle, and felt to make your first ever softie :D, the pattern cards are nice and handy for the on the go projects, and everything fits in a nice box.

I found the directions to be very straight forward and easy to understand. The patterns are all labeled clearly and are a no brainier to figure out. The only problem I really had was with the kit, I would of liked to have the kit (floss, felt) be about a project other then one that's already in the book, but that's just a personal thing.

If you've never made a softie and are looking for something to start you off with the kit might be the thing for you. Then if you've become totally obsessed like me, just buy both :D The extra pattern cards make a perfect means to spread your crafty/softie obsession to friends.

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