Make Your Own Toys Guest Book Review

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Today it brings me great pleasure to give you our second Guest Book Review, by knittermom Jennifer Rice.



Make Your Own Toys: Sew Soft Bears, Bunnies, Monkeys, Puppies and More!
by Sue Havens
2010 Potter Craft, 96 pgs.

This book is great for using up old or scrap fabric, or repurposing clothing you no longer wear.  With extensive instruction on what types of fabric to use, notions needed, and techniques, this book makes creating whimsical toys a breeze.  Patterns are located at the back of the book with instructions on enlarging by copier.  These hand- and machine-sewn toys can be created and assembled by an advanced beginner, following the techniques laid out in the beginning of the book.

With 22 different patterns full of personality, from a fox or a panda to a silly monkey, an adorable fish, cats, and dogs, a crafter is sure to find a toy to please any taste.  Any of them would make wonderful, loving gifts, and Sue Havens explains how to make them inexpensively and simply.  She also explains how to give them personality and character.  Her website,, shows a gallery preview of the projects contained in the book, as well as a video tutorial on making the Little Flat Bear.  There is a link to her blog as well, which gives a pattern piece accidentally left out of the book, and news about other toys she has created.

I am eager to sew a lazy cat, lounging on her side just like my real cats do.  My four-year old requested the penguin, and my seven- and nine-year olds each found several toys to request as well.  I can see some worn-out sweaters and vintage fabrics inherited from my mother becoming cute little characters for me and the kids to love.

 –You can find Jennifer Rice on Ravelry as Yarnhoardinmama; check out her blog of the same name.

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