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Softies Kit: Instructions and Tools for Creating 15 Plush Pals Hardcover – February 27, 2008
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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
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.
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!
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.
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
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this simply for the elephant pattern. I didn't care what else was in it I just needed the elephant for a special project I have been working on. Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by Stephanie Brown
A project for everyone, it has several patterns for different little animals and such, easy enough for the most inexperienced stitcher to make something. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by Lil Val
This little kit is a good value and the projects are adorable. I didn't really find anything new or exciting here.Published on August 30, 2010 by K. Anderson
I bought the family a sewing machine for Christmas, and am looking for books to help interest the kids in sewing. Do the projects in this book require a sewing machine?Published on December 12, 2009 by Nicole Axtell
When i bought the Softies Kit i thought that i would start a new hobbie of making softies. Much to my distaste the book did not easily describe how to make softies, and as an... Read morePublished on March 5, 2009 by N. Baez
The front of the box contains a photo of 4 cute stuffed animals and it reads: "Instructions and tools for Creating 15 Plush Pals." This is not true. Read morePublished on January 16, 2009 by craftymom
Another definite to buy for craft-oriented teens (and moms) for easy instructions and patterns that are separately kept in back pocket to make for easy copy and cutting.Published on December 20, 2008 by Susan Marens
The softies kit is filled with ridiculous items that I would not make - such as ice-cream sandwich. I was expecting more dolls instead of food items. This was disappointing for me. Read morePublished on October 24, 2008 by Jeen Ng