Monday, July 13, 2009

Craft Book Review – Stitched Toys by Kate Haxell

41cTENxRTzL__SL160_ Stitched Toys: 20 Stunning but Simple Designs by Kate Haxell; published by Octopus Books; 128 pages; MSRP $19.99; Amazon Price: $13.59* .

If you’re a quilter and have a room full of fabric, a sewing machine, and are looking for some lighter, quick projects during the hot summer months, I highly recommend Stitched Toys. Chock full of toy patterns for the under-8 years old set, these easy stash-busting designs require little more than fabric, simple sewing, and, occasionally, embroidery thread. Simple but sweet is the name of this game, with blocks for toddlers, an embellished fabric snake, a rabbit pajama case, and a giant quilted snail cushion for all ages. There’s a total of 20 delightful toys, with easy to follow instructions, colorful illustrations, templates, and guidelines for simple embroidery, appliqué and patchwork.

Some projects may be easy enough for your older child to help make for the younger children, such as the “Rag Doll” or “Cool Cat”. An excellent way to introduce them to sewing and even, in some cases, hand sewing skills.

Once the basic sewing is done, these are nice “in front of the TV” or “sit on the deck” hand projects, to embellish as much or as little as your creativity calls for. Stitched Toys might just be what you’re looking for to fill some long summer hours with a bit of fancy handwork practice! And if your handwork isn’t perfect? Believe me when I tell you that the lucky recipient of these toys won’t care one bit!

*Amazon price is subject to change.


Anya said...

Looks like a book filled with lots of ideas.

SewDivaDiane said...

The cover of the book is too cute!

Cathy said...

Sounds like it's full of cute things to make for my friends' grandchildren!

Jennifer said...

That cover is just adorable.

Anonymous said...

way too cute would love to win
stitched toys are fun to make
have a great day

Susan said...

These projects would be fun to work on with older kids too! Thanks for the review!