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The Big Book of Stuffed Toy and Doll Making: Instructions and Full-size Patterns for 45 Playthings [Paperback]

Margaret Hutchings
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (24 Mar 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486242668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486242668
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 20.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 823,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Supurb! 28 Dec 2012
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An amazing collection of sewing patterns, with far more detail than the average book published nowardays. I thoroughly recommend this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty sound addition. 29 April 2013
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This book was printed in 1959, before Dover republished it in 1982. There are some toys in here that show their age; a Nodding Mandarin, basically a weighted ball that doesn't fall over, with the 'Yellow Peril' stereotype. There's a Native American 'Red Indian' caricature, but that's just his head, and a Golliwog. Some have claimed they're not racist, but some have, so I'll just put it in here. They're not horrible, like some I've seen, or super exaggerated. Still, heads up.

They first chapter has a really good tutorial on basic sewing, putting in glass eyes, embroidering mouths and noses, and is really one of the better 'getting started' sections I've seen in a while.

There are tumbling blocks, swan, a doll that can be many professions such as clown or soldier, duckling, rabbit, a butterfly, rattles that look like flowers, beach supplies, a butcher shop, a bakery... wait, what? This book has a wide variety of treasures inside! A lot of the patterns, since they were made in 1959, have that aged feel to them. Some of the animals have a slightly stretched proportion and a simplicity of line because if the materials they had to work with at the time. Modern fabrics and stuffing are more supple.

The rhino is a great beast with a unique idea about the horn. There is a giraffe, a great parrot with wired feet, little reindeer, a cute penguin, and a slightly goofy yet magnificent dragon. It's a really good (if slightly dated) book, so get it if you can.
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