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"There are so many different kinds of crafts, and, just when you think you've seen them all, a global movement like softies comes along and gives you a whole new road to explore." Leah Kramer, craftster.org

About the Author

Therese Laskey is a crafter living in Brooklyn, New York.

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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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811856526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811856522
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Genevieve Hayes on January 4, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
"Softies" is everything that the similarly themed Plush You!: Lovable Misfit Toys to Sew and Stuff should have been. This book provides a range of soft toy patterns (mostly sewn, although one is crocheted and two are needle felted) from an array of soft toy artists with detailed instructions on how to make them (the problem with "Plush You!" was that the instructions and patterns were omitted). The patterns were designed by artists from all around the world, although many of them seem to be in the "cute" style that is commonly associated with Japanese craft books, even those designed by non-Japanese (not that there's anything wrong with that - I am particularly fond of Japanese-style crafts).

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.
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This book is so cute. I give it a 5 stars for content, photography, ease of use, etc. But, after completing one project, the Portuguese Plaid Dog, I am not impressed. The neck gusset is completely the wrong size for the dog, and the under-gusset for the legs does not match the outer body - seems about 20% too large. The top head gusset is enormously wide and about 1 cm too long. Also, the lettered markings on the patterns do not match up correctly. I am an experienced hand-stitcher, and I have made several soft toys with gussets for my children, but this dog had me stumped. I have redrawn my own patterns to get it to fit together properly. It's a shame, because this dog is the cutest thing ever, with a clever use of color and fabric. The other items in the book seem far easier! Just curious if anyone else has made the dog?
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My 10 yo daughter and I love this book. She has already made the treeling, the lonely dollop, and the green cross. The directions are well written and easy to follow. The projects are all super-cute. Be sure to order yourself some wool blend felt from Colonial Crafts - so much better than craft felt.
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I love this book. It's nice to make something besides the usual teddy bears. My favorites are the ice cream sandwich and the treeling. My boyfriend really likes the tooth. This is the book for you if you want more than the usual patterns out there. You will have fun with the patterns and enjoy making each softie your own by changing the facial features or adding embellishments. I like every single softie in this book, and I'm pretty picky! I highly recommend this book!
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I'm an experienced plush maker but Double Scoop has me stumped. The bottom "scoop" is way too small to fit the diameter of the cone's top, and the "drip" that goes in between the cone and the scoop wasn't long enough to go around the diameter of the cone! Fixing this is going to require some serious work on my part and I don't know where I went wrong.

"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.
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The plaid dog pattern has a problem...
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!
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First off what's the diff? Both (book and kit) 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 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

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