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This is a book of patterns for stuffed animals written by Linda Carr, with an envelope of paper patterns included. Linda Carr has designed stuffed animal patterns for Vogue in the past. There are twenty designs included in the book.
I have the original hardcover book with printed patterns on heavy paper. Apparently the new softcover version only comes with a CD of patterns that need to be printed on large-size paper. So if you want the paper pattern version, look for the hardcover edition.
The patterns are designed for fleece, but I have also used fulled sweaters for some of the animals. Fulled sweaters have many characteristics in common with fleece and can often be used the same way if the sweaters do not become too bulky.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Each design has a few pages of illustrated instructions. Many of the designs use similar methods of construction. There are some hints on embellishing and shaping the animals given at the beginning of the book, and a section on "accessories" for some of the designs at the end. Most of the styles are pretty simple and not too fussy.
I have made a number of animals from this book, including:
• Puppy in fulled sweater
• Frog in cashmere sweater.
• Panda in two sweaters. I thought this one had a weird shape and wasn't thrilled with it.
• Cat, this was a good pattern and I made it several times, both in sweater and in fleece.
• Sheep pattern is pretty good, and stands easily on its own.
• The Spider has pipe cleaners in the legs and is kind of odd.
• The Tiger is pretty cute, I made it in a leopard print fleece.
Some of the patterns are done in a different style, with circles of cut fleece to make a centipede or fleece cut in frills for duckling wings. Some of the patterns are more "realistic" style, while others are more "cutesy". Most of the stuffed animals that I made were used for Toy Society drops.
Hobby Lobby has the best selection of animal eyes, or order them online. If you want something childsafe and don't want to use the plastic eyes/noses, you can needle felt on eyes that look good and only take a few minutes to needle.
Fleece is easier in general to work with than fulled sweater, so beginners might want to try working with fleece first.
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