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Sewn Toy Tales (Melly & Me)

Sewn Toy Tales (Melly & Me) [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Hurlston
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Melly & Me present a fun and fabulous collection of personality-packed designs that will have readers sewing adorable toys in no time! Each of the brightly colored characters is a joy to sew for all abilities, making them the perfect gift for children or adults, or a trendy home accessory. Projects combine simple sewing techniques with funky fabrics, embellishments and color palettes to add zing and excitement to readers' sewn toy creations. Easy to follow step by step instructions and quirky photography make this book a delightful gift as well as an irresistible addition to sewing collections.

About the Author

Melly & Me is a design label founded in 2006 by sisters Melanie Hurlston and Rosalie Quinlan. Specialising in bags and soft toys, the Melly & Me look is all about mix-and-match fabrics and modern colours. Rosalie recently launched her first range with well-known fabric company Lecien and both sisters attend all the major fabric design shows, including Quilt Market. Melly & Me is based in Australia. Website: Facebook: Melly & Me

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4246 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (1 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book 26 Jun 2011
By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book contains the instructions for making 12 totally adorable soft toy creatures including Preston the Lion, Pearl the Zebra, Alvin the Alien and Finnegan the Frog. These are characters that children and adults alike will love.

Each toy gets a several page spread, full of bright colourful pictures, detailed instructions and useful tips. All the templates you need are at the back of the book, along with useful advice on the stitches used, how to stuff the toys, attach the limbs etc.

What really makes this book is the way each toy is given its own personality. Each project starts with a little introduction to the animal and the pictures have amusing little quotes on them which all bring a great sense of fun to the book.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not for complete beginners... 23 July 2011
This is the first pattern book I have bought, as i've only recently started sewing from patterns to make things. The book is well presented, beautifully coloured, and features close-up images of detailing on each of the toys, which serve well to show how each detail should look when finished. (sometimes helpful, if like me, you are fairly new to this)

however, there are a few things you might want to know before buying this book.

1. in order to make the toys, you have to enlarge all the patterns (included at the back of the book on printed pages, not on template paper) by 200%, which means purchasing pattern paper (or template plastic as the book suggests...), I decided the plastic template method was too expensive and time consuming for someone who is only going to make one or two of each toy, and as i already have a scanner, printer, and some pattern paper to hand. i decided to scan the templates in to my pc, enlarge them, and print them out as many times as i felt the need. this worked fine for me and the toys that resulted from it... but did mean that as my printer is A4, some larger parts of the patterns ended up split over two pages.

2. its not spiral bound. this put me off at first, as when you have hands full of fabric and pins, you end up wedging the book open with whatever is at hand - for me it happened to be my machine and material scissors)only to find that i then had to use said items, and hence had to shut the book, sew a bit, and try to find the page i was last at.... i made a mental note to buy a bookstand, however, the need for the use of the book obviously depends on how often you make the toy, and how quickly the steps become etched in your mind. if like me, you're new to this, you might find it a bit frustrating.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sew adorable! 12 April 2012
I was given this as a Christmas present by my mum, who said the front cover alone was enough to make her buy it. And she's right; the cute caterpillar toy on the cover is the perfect indication of what lovely things to expect inside this book.
There are twelve projects in total, and so far, I've made four of them (the pig, the dinosaur, the frog and the alien). When I first looked through the book, I was a bit daunted by the very lengthy instructions given for each project (around 18 stages each), yet once I got going, I realised the authors have just been very explicit with their instructions, rather than that they are overly complicated. All the toys are, in fact, very easy to make; none of them took any more than a couple of afternoon's worth of work. The comprehensive instructions given mean that even slightly fiddly bits are well explained. The hardest part was enlarging the patterns on a photocopier (they all need doubling in size).
The book is very well illustrated throughout, and the choice of fabrics used in the examples add to the toy's appeal and make you want to make them all. Sometimes, the instructions suggest using a machine, but I sewed all of mine by hand, and I am very pleased with the results. I would say this book is maybe not one for complete beginners to soft toy making, but no great level of expertise is needed.
Overall, if you love cute characters, sumptuous materials and sewing, this book is definitely for you. Now, I wonder which toy I'll attempt next....?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely gift ideas 13 Sep 2011
By shirley
Clear photos and instructions. Very impressed with service, book was well wrapped and delivered within timeframe advised. Would certainly recommend this book to toy makers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 28 Feb 2014
By Debbie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love it would buy more if they weren't so expensive brilliant ideas lovey to make and look as good as they feel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 22 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is crammed with lots of very cute projects to make for kids and adults alike. The instructions are nice and clear and as a beginner to this sort of sewing, I found them easy to follow. There are some elements that I knew were above my skills, but I made sure I read through the instructions fully and understood them before starting on the project. I have managed to create some lovely pieces which have received some great feedback. I have orders for Polly Pig!

I would be careful when enlarging the patterns; it says to enlarge by 200%, but they came out huge on the photocopier. I'm assuming it meant to double the size, i.e. from A5 to A4 etc. Of course there is nothing wrong with making the toys larger - you just need more fabric!

I'm looking forward to making the next toy; the hardest part is choosing one as they are all so lovely :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars AS with other reviews I have found it almost impossible ...
AS with other reviews I have found it almost impossible to accurately enlarge the patterns even at the local library, at extra expense. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Joane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice book. Clear explanations. Good for beginners and experts. Detailed step-by-step instructions.
Published 29 days ago by gigia
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book
This is great, easy step by step instructions. I have so far made one creature for my daughter and plan to make many more (when I get the time)
Published 2 months ago by Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Very lovely book
Looks like a fantastic book, lots of useful techniques, can't wait to make one.... daughter wants the frog and my son wants a lion!
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Christina Summons
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I am so looking forward to making these.Our village show is in August so several will be made by then
Published 3 months ago by Twm's friend woof woof
5.0 out of 5 stars SEWN TOY TALES
Published 8 months ago by jayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Colourful and helpful
All instructions are clear. The templates at back of book are invaluable. Illustrations tempt me to sew and offer ideas for colourways.
Published 9 months ago by fussy madam
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous characters but not for beginners
One look at this book and you can't wait to get started. The instructions are detailed and clear and I thought making the toys would be a doddle. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Linda G
5.0 out of 5 stars arrived really quickly
not yet started to make any of the toys but got lots of ahhh's from the girls in the office
Published 10 months ago by D L Hinton
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT !Really well presented book with very clear instructions
Lovely characters- with great illustrated instructions and close up photos. I have already picked the ones I want to make for Christmas presents. Read more
Published 11 months ago by sweetpea
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