When is a book not a book?
When it has an ISBN number but is actually a booklet and pattern
inside an envelope! This latest innovative offering from Stash
Books is a set of patterns for five special toys.
I say special because this is a rare example of large sized
fabric toys that are suitable for very young infants. You
won’t find any plastic push-on features on these cuddly
animals, just a soft huggable body and simple lines. Choose
from cat, dog, panda, rabbit or pig with a basic body shape
that can be adapted for whatever animal you choose. Undo the
string on the card envelope and inside are the paper patterns
and booklet. Helpfully it also gives you an idea of what you
will need to buy on the outside plus height (18”) and
a photo of all five with a toddler. The booklet has larger
clear photos of back and front views of the toys, plus a list
of what you need and detailed instructions. These tell you
how to make copies from the patterns depending on what you
are making, plus all making up and embroidery/appliqué
instructions, as well as some useful drawn diagrams. Each
animal has a short section to itself after you have done the
parts common to all toys, and each has its own unique tail,
ears and features, plus a simple tank top. The result is a
set of uncomplicated, safe soft toys that can be dressed up
a bit for older children or left plain for toddlers. This
pattern is rated on the envelope as “Confident Beginner”
and is suitable for this level; it would make a good early
foray into the wonderful world of soft toy making. A really
useful pattern for anybody who wants to make loveable safe
toys for young children.
If you cannot find a good range of toy making materials locally,
for a list of suppliers.