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Wild and Wonderful Fleece Animals: With Full-Size Patterns for 20 Cuddly Critters Paperback – April 1, 2011

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FOR THE PLC-WIRO EDITION: Carr, Linda. Wild and Wonderful Fleece Animals. Creative Pub: Quayside. 2008. c.112p. ISBN 978-1-58923-384-3. pap. $19.95. FIBER CRAFTS Carr (Clothes from the Vogue Patterns Collection) presents a menagerie of whimsical stuffed toys in this enjoyable collection. There are stuffed toys for every child's taste: the usual puppies, kittens, and bunnies, followed by an adorable centipede, a sweet octopus, and a spider that even arachnophobes could snuggle with. What sets the toys apart is their expressive faces, created by adding pattern pieces, sewing button or plastic eyes in a specific manner, or adding detail with a permanent marker. The only potential problem for libraries is that the patterns are included in a pocket on the front of the book rather than interspersed within the text. Creative parents (and grandparents) will enjoy making these toys for the children in their lives. Recommended for most public libraries. - Library Journal, August 2008

About the Author

Linda Carr designs toys, dolls, and kids' and doll clothing for Vogue patterns. She has worked with Vogue to create many licensed patterns, including Jim Henson's Muppets, Cabbage Patch Kids, World Wildlife Federation toys, and the Madame Alexander series. Linda was featured in the February 2007 issue of Vogue Patterns. She is also the author of Classic Cloth Dolls: Beautiful Fabric Dolls and Clothes from the Vogue Patterns Collection.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l; Pap/Cdr Re edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589235789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589235786
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bethany M. Hall on December 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I just bought this book at hobby lobby over the weekend and I was so excited by it I had to write a review.
First there are plenty of pictures and text to help you make the toys. The patterns are FULL SIZE in an envelope in the front of the book. No resizing necessary. Also the directions are easy to follow. Which is a plus for me as I am a visual learner. Pictures are required for me to follow directions.
Also the toys made in the book are created with fleece and felt. The two easiest fabrics to work with *in my opinion*. And also some of the simplest to find in just about any fabric store.
I highly recommend this to those who want some sweet animals to make that look cute and realistic.
Some are more complex but there are plenty that are simple! I highly recommend to the newbie sewer and those of us who have been sewing for years!
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This book is a hit for so many reasons:

* The patterns are easy to sew. Many are suitable for someone who has never made a stuffed animal before.

* The animals are *cute*! It takes talent to make a cute animal pattern with so few pattern pieces- this book does it!

* For those with experience, the patterns offer a good jumping-off point. For example, almost all of the patterns work just as well in fake fur as they do in fleece. Using the tiger pattern, I turned a leopard-print fake fur throw into a whole litter of adorable baby leopard cubs!

If you have any interest whatsoever in making stuffed animals, buy this book. You won't regret it.
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I am so frustrated right now I could scream. I've just spent over an hour trying to print out ONE pattern in original size. Who has a printer at their house that can print an 11 X 17 piece of paper????? Not me, that's for sure. I finally had to pull the PDF file into Photoshop, then print all four pages piece by piece - guessing at what settings I should use to end up with a complete page that I could tape together. (If anyone out there knows an easier way, PLEASE let me know!!) If you have access to an 11X 17 printer, this is probably a great book. The animals are really cute and the instructions appear to be clear, but it took so darned long to print the pattern that now I don't feel like working on my project so I'm not sure about that yet. I'll update my review after I've made a few animals, if I can force myself to go through the time-waster of printing the darned patterns out. I suppose I could take them somewhere and pay to have them printed, but considering I've purchased dozens of online patterns that can be printed on regular letter size paper then easily taped together, it's ridiculous that the ones for this book take so much effort. I wish I had read through more of the reviews before purchasing this. I might have still gotten the book, but at least I would have been prepared for the headache of printing the patterns.

Update: I have now cut out quite a few of the patterns and have sewn several. The animals turned out nicely, but the instructions are NOT clear. As another reviewer said, you definitely have to look closely at the pictures. It would also have been nice if the author had given descriptions of the exact eyes that were used to make the animals in the pictures. I really liked the ones shown and wanted to use the same ones in most cases.
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I love to sew...and I love great patterns. This book provides a wonderful place to start. I took the patterns and added my own special touch to each. The designs of each animal are sweet and so easy to put together. Patterns included in a nice envelope to keep them all in one place -- beautiful photography and instructions that are easy to follow. Cute, cute creations can be started from the basics provided in this book. I wish the author would provide another book just as great as this one. I'd give it 10 stars if that option were available!! Great investment (though the price is more than reasonable for what this book will add to your creative endeavors).
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I would love to be able to actually review the patterns in this book. My kids have already picked out the first 5 they want me to make. My book came with the CD-ROM and not the physical paper pattern, which I thought would be great so I could print as needed. Unfortunately the patterns are all sized to be printed on 11x17" paper. Who in the world has a home printer that prints that big? I can't get adobe to split the page into two 8.5x11" and I live 120 miles from a Office Max, not that that would be convenient anyhow. Most e-patterns these days are made to be printed on 8.5x11" and taped together.
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I found this book at my local library first, and simply had to have a copy of my own!

The full-sized patterns are amazing, and the pictorial instructions easily followed. With the majority of the seams being machine sewed, these make practical children toys as well. I have tried the hedgehog and penguin patterns, and both took me less than an hour to complete.

Simple additions of trim will further personalize the toys, making adorable gifts. (For example, a feathery trim sewn in the head seam of the penguin pattern makes a cute Mohawk-style punk rocker, while beaded tassels make a flirty necklace.)

I would recommend this book to any one looking for sweet, fun projects that can be finished in an afternoon.
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