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Sew and Play Puzzle Ball Animals
Abby Glassenberg

Annies Craft Store (Distributed in the UK by Search Press)
26 August 2015/ ISBN 9781573679060
How-To Books/Toy Making

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


There are a great many books of soft toy patterns out there, but nothing quite like this! Make six different puzzle ball creatures that can be taken apart and put together again for hours of fuzzy puzzling fun.

They are also fairly simple to make for anybody with a bit of toy making know-how under their belt. Each toy is made from three interlocking rings and full sized patterns for everything is provided at the back of the book. At the front are useful tips for making up, what you need to get and how to work with fleece. A section showing the general stages common to all the toys is included too, very helpful as I am sure most people won’t have made anything quite like this before. The whole book is illustrated with plenty of large photographed steps which are simple to follow, as well as a cutting list, skill level (all are classed as “confident beginner”) and finished size. There are photographs too of the finished item taken against a white background as are all the steps, a good touch and very clear. Choose from bee, elephant, lion, giraffe, Easter bunny, and my own favorite, the dinosaur. Some are made from patterned fleece, some from plain, but all have a neat professional look and finish rather like this book. I’ve made soft toys since I was a child and thought there was nothing much new in this line, but I have been proved wrong with this delightful, easy to follow book.

If you cannot find a good range of fleece and sewing/toymaking materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015