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Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction Paperback – May 7, 2013
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“Stuffed Animals is the perfect one-stop handbook for bringing your softies to life. From selecting your design and finding the proper tools to the easy-to-follow construction steps, Abby will help bring your creations to shop level.” —Betsy Burger, Design Director for the Craft Department, Simplicity
“Abby has created a detailed and informative resource that will inspire you to stitch adorable characters while giving you the skills to design and construct them with ease.” —Betz White, author of Warm Fuzzies and Sewing Green
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I shall try the elephant next and hope that there are no mistakes in his pattern. You definitely need a hemostat to turn small pieces like the fish fin. Would have given the book 5 stars if there hadn't been a mistake in the pattern and better instructions. I shall write another review after I finish the elephant.
The book is brilliantly laid out to include lessons and then projects that incorporate the design / sewing lessons so you can read about a design feature and then have an opportunity to use it (or see how it would be used) in a real pattern.
Everything is explained so you understand the importance of different shaping techniques, which parts of the sewing instructions are responsible for making the legs or arms or whatever look a certain way.
You really could use this book and design your own stuffed animal, even if you're a beginning sewer, it's that well explained! But even if you're more interested in learning to sew stuffed animals than in designing your own, this book is fantastic because the sixteen projects in it are ridiculously cute and a great variety. It's got an elephant, a monster, a teddy bear, even a camel and a crab! Something in it for every kid.
I love this and can't wait to use it to create my own pattern (maybe a dragon?!) to give to one of my kids.
(Moving the sewing needle all the way to the right or left to get a narrower seam on foot-pads was one of the tricks I never thought of and learned from this book.)
While I have only made one project so far, it has come together smoothly. I think this is an excellent book for anyone interested in the construction of three dimensional objects in cloth, even if you're not a stuffed animal maker. I'm more interested in sewing cloth dolls, but I can already tell that a lot of these techniques will translate well.
Informative and inspirational
Great pictures and tutorials
Excellent advice on techniques and construction
I know this will come in handy for many, many craft projects - not just the one's she has included (which are all adorable however!)