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Sew Cute Creatures by Mariska Vos-Bolman

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 12 February 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782215790
  • Stock: 50+
  • Carton Qty: N/A
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 250
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP Price: £10.99
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Sew 12 cute and cuddly characters using this fun, colourful book. Choose from Pippa Puppy, Sally Seahorse and Patty Piglet to Miranda Mermaid and Peter Pirate - or make the whole set. Created in an adorable amigurumi style in a gorgeous range of colourful fabrics, these toys would make perfect collectibles as well as cuddly playmates. All the full-size templates are provided in the book, and the instructions are clearly illustrated and easy to follow. The projects are ideal for beginners and can be sewn by machine or by hand.

Table of Contents

3 Foreword

6 What you will need

9 Techniques

11 Stuffing your toys

14 Larry Lizard

18 Boris the Monster

22 Miranda Mermaid

28 Carol Crab

32 Sally Seahorse

36 Patty Piglet

40 Gary Goat

44 Kim Koala

48 Peter Pirate

54 Kitty Kitten

58 Pippa Puppy

62 Hooty the Owl

68 Full-size patterns

96 Acknowledgements

About Mariska Vos-Bolman

Mariska Vos-Bolman is a graduate of the Utrecht School of Arts and is the creator of the popular Fluffies and DIY Fluffies soft toy brands, which are sold worldwide. Her patterns are characterized by their cute and quirky style and their very detailed illustrated tutorials, which make them fun to create. Her work has been featured widely online including high-profile blogs Craft Gossip and Handmadeology. She lives in Zaandam, The Netherlands.


A fun, cute creatures to sew book. The style reminds me of the style of a fabulous Japanese book I used to have 40 years ago. Slightly large heads and smaller bodies. Just 12 patterns to choose from but they do come with full-sized pattern pieces that you need to trace off. Sew by hand or machine. What you get - clear large photos, clear diagrams and written instructions for assembly. An appealing selection of toys that are easy to make.

If you want to make soft toys and dont know where to start this book would be a good place.  It contains patterns for twelve toys with contemporary style and appeal, and is very suitable for beginners.  So suitable in fact that it reminded me of my beloved Learn To Sew book I had as a child.  I did indeed learn to sew with it, and can imagine a child being able to make up the projects in here too.  It is equally suitable for a beginner adult, and only uses the most basic of tools; you can even opt to sew the toys by hand if you dont own a machine.  The list of what you need explains why you need each item and before you begin there is a section entitled Techniques.  Here you can learn some basic skills such as stuffing your toy, sewing up, turning small parts right side out, darts and drawing patterns on fabric. 


This is a well laid out, large format book which helps if you are new to sewing.  Each project contains a large full-page photograph of the item plus several steps with diagrams.  These are very beginner friendly as they are simple, clear drawings with good use of color for clarity.  It is easy for even a total beginner to see what to do as things like stitching, darts, where to stuff etc are clearly marked out.  Each toy has its own personality and fun patterned fabrics have been used as well as plain; all the toys are made from cotton and felt and have a bright, modern look.  Toys include an owl, pig, puppy, koala, Halloween monster and a quartet of seaside friends comprising of seahorse, crab, pirate and mermaid.  Turn to the back for all the patterns, full sized and marked so you know where to place arms, legs etc.  These are simple to trace and cut out, and the finished item will be something anybody can be proud of.  Lots of books purport to be for beginners but this one truly is you really can learn to sew from it.

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