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Sew It, Stuff It [Paperback]

Rob Merrett
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Book Description

12 Aug 2010
This wonderful collection of handmade toys will delight children both young and old. With seven chapters packed with fresh ideas, there is sure to be something to make that your child will treasure. The 25 projects, designed by expert craftsman Rob Merrett, take their inspiration from traditional playthings, including dolls, animals and cars. Begin with Simple Starters - two-sided toys, made with easy patchwork and applique embellishments. Soft Toys are next, designed in soft colours and gentle prints, followed by 3D Delectables which are in structured shapes and made from multiple pattern pieces. In the Activity section, clever designs will stimulate young children's minds, while The Comfort Zone includes calming and stress-busting toys that are perfect for little ones. Finally, Divine Dollies is packed with trendy, vintage-looking rag dolls. Rob also develops the concept of 'Kids Forever', where designs should appeal not just to kids, but also to adults who will appreciate his stylish, retro approach. Each toy comes with clear, step-by-step text and beautiful photography and artworks that will guide even a novice stitcher, helping them to produce gorgeous gifts with a charming, handcrafted feel.


Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (12 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907030603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907030604
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 21 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rob Merrett started his career as a fashion designer and has worked with many leading design studios, apparel brands and publications. Rob specializes in trend forecasting and also takes commissions as a stylist for food and lifestyle book publishers and magazines. His work has been featured in Mondo Uomo, Per Lei, WWD, International Textiles Magazine, Vogue Nippon, and British Elle. Sew It, Stuff It is his second book for CICO, following the success of The Perfect Apron.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best craft books I have ever bought. 14 Feb 2011
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Let me start by saying that I am a craft book-aholic, and am always on the look out for new projects to try with or without my children. I bought this at the same time as two other crafting books - and this was by far the best.
Practically speaking the patterns are excellent, perforated pull out patterns rather then the type you have to photocopy or enlarge. Taking them out certainly won't ruin the feel of the book, as I have found with other books.
The sewing projects are also grouped together in themes such as 'creature comforts' (some of the cutest aminals ever) 'activity toys' (my daughter immediately zoned in on the Babushka Basket) and 'divine dollies'. It makes the book feel really well thought through rather then one of those 'lets cash in on the crafting boom' books.
The photography is beautiful - all of the projects look handcrafted rather then home made, which is what all of us budding crafters are after. The photographs and close ups also serve as inspiration - what sort of beads, buttons and ribbons to look for on ebay or in our local haberdashery shop, and really give you a sense of excitement about what you can create.
Lastly, the instructions are easily read and understood, and the diagrams wonderfully clear and easy to follow.
I would recommend this book for addicted crafters like myself, someone looking for half term projects with the children, or as a wonderful and exciting gift to spark inspiration in a budding, or long standing crafter.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not stuffed at all 12 Jan 2011
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I got this book for my birthday along with a couple of other crafty books - needless to say this is the one I'm using - I love that you don't have to enlarge the patterns, all the patterns are a different colour, so you can see where all the bits are you need, there are great tips for making your toy look good, and the patterns are well written, for the most part. There have been a couple of assumed steps in the two toys I've made, but nothing that a moderately experienced sewer with commonsense couldn't cope with.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with real sized patterns 27 April 2011
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Easy to follow instructions, lots of different types of toys to make. This book has the added advantage of having full sized templates/patterns for every toy in an easy tear out section at the back. I don't have a photocopier at my disposal so increasing a template or pattern by 200% or whatever is a problem but this book provides all the patterns in full size all colour co-ordinated so all you have to do is trace them onto paper and off you go! So easy - I wish all the craft books would take a leaf out of this ones book (pardon the pun) and do the same.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book 4 Jan 2011
By kbird
Format:Paperback
I have a variety of different sewing books and wanted one with different toys/dolls. This book and ideas are both funky and traditional, the patterns in the back are on good quality paper and full sized scale so no boring up-sizing. The instructions are clear with handy hints. Im really enjoying this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 28 May 2012
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Super patterns, full sized and ready to go- what more could one ask!I only make toys as a hobby, but have made, out of this book
5 storks, in different colours,3 owls, the dachshund, the sheep, Marvin mouse,2 Boos, 1 comforter, and 2 of the large elephants. [ I joined the patchhwork pieces together, I wanted them in a single colour each.
I made them all in fleece, which, in my opinion is a wonderful material for them. Easy to sew and a beautifully soft finish - very "huggable"
I particularly love the storks/birds. After making something large or complicated I usually make a bird as light relief. They are a delight anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sewand stuff 19 April 2013
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Lovely colourful book lots of information and projects. Make ideal gift for crafter or to use to make little girl present.
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