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Softies: Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals Spiral-bound – August 13, 2007
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Laurie Frankel is a photographer based in San Francisco.
Leah Kramer is the founder of craftster.org, a Web site CBS calls, "a cross between Martha Stewart and an urban hipster."
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The best thing about this book is that it is incredibly user friendly. It is spiral bound, and rather than having the patterns printed on the pages of the book (forcing the user to either photocopy or trace them, which can often result in the book being damaged), the patterns are printed on loose pieces of paper which are enclosed in a big envelope at the back of the book.
Given the range of patterns in this book, it is likely that you will find at least one toy that you would like to make, which, as far as I'm concerned, makes this book good value.
"The Lookout" was easy to make, but it was much simpler to make: just sew 2 identical pieces of fabric together!
To improve this book, I would add more images of the steps. Some of the directions were confusing without an image to accompany. There's plenty of cute eye candy in this book, but I get the feeling they didn't really test the patterns before including them.
I fixed it by reducing the gusset for the top of the head to 80% of the pattern size and it fit fairly well and looked pretty much like the picture. I may be a bit off on that, one of my calculations said 76%, but this will get you close.
The back of the legs are a little bit longer and wider than the front, and what the instructions do not tell you is that you have to ease it in. You can see from the pictures that that is what was done. That must be why the author tells you to sew by hand. It will be much easier to ease it by hand than on the machine. If all else fails, fudge!
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 in the book is the Ms. Tea Bag and the Snow Bunny's.
Biggest difference between the two is that the kit is a... kit o_o; 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. The book, on the other hand, has 10 more patterns then the kit, 20 of which aren't seen in the kit. They have a lot of super cute ones like the Lonely Dollop (buy it and find out XD) and the trio of teeth (sweet, crowned, and cavity). The photos in both are great, making you totally prepared to potentially come across three softies in your dentist office or spot a furry softie floating by under a cluster of balloons.
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.
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, if you're looking for some inspiration and lots of ideas the book might be ideal. Then if you've become totally obsessed like me, just buy both :D
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cute ideas and easy to make projects. The kids love the softies!Published 1 month ago by Brandi Lara
Awesome book with lots of super cute projects. Easy to follow instructions. Great to keep a kid (even a grown up one) busy for an hour or two.Published 17 months ago by MaryC
this was a cute book. Lots of great instructions. fast delivery, thanksPublished 17 months ago by judy
Some of the softies in the book are very weird. One is half pig, half wolf? There is a tea bag with a face? Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Ashley
Did not know there was a trend in adults wanting wild and weird stuff dolls! Some fun ideas even usuable ideas but I wanted a book of soft toys for children. Silly me!Published on June 18, 2013 by peacewhitch
We have had so much fun making these little guys. The directions are easy to follow, and the results have been great. My high school daughter makes them for her friends.Published on July 2, 2011 by FrugalfromWisconsin