Oh, I know. It’s only April. How can I make such a bold claim?
Because this book is that good.
I’ve been waiting for this one…
Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction is a fabulous new book by stuffed animal designer (and buddy of mine), Abby Glassenberg.
As she was writing the book, I could tell that Abby was really excited about it. She’s an incredibly passionate designer, and pours her heart into not only designing adorable stuff, but also teaching others how to make things. So, I knew this book would be good.
But now that the book is out, and I have my hands on a copy… I can tell you that this book is fabulous! Whether you’re new to sewing stuffed animals, or you’re a sewing pro who wants to get deep into designing, there’s oodles of information in this book that you’ll love!
Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction
Have a peek at this trailer for the book:
Stuffed Animals Book Trailer from Abby Glassenberg on Vimeo.
Squee! Doesn’t it look like so much fun?
Stuffed Animals contains 16 projects (complete patterns for sewn stuffed animals) and 52 lessons (designed not only to give you tips to complete the projects, but also to help you design your own pieces).
The book also contains a hefty introduction, so that even if you’re a newbie to sewing, you’ll be set to start on the easier projects in the book! Some of the topics covered in the introduction are:
- Basic materials needed (including a big secret… using hemostats!)
- Using freezer paper for making sewing patterns
- How to draw/mark/edit a pattern
- Tips for using your fabric, including considering the grainline
- Notes about seam allowance in patterns
- How to adjust/correct your sewing machine tension
- Various techniques for sewing stitches, by machine and hand
- Step-by-step details on clipping curves, basting, turning & stuffing
- Info about the proper finishing of your animal
And that’s just some of the topics covered in the intro!
The book continues… and features adorable patterns and oodles of great tips.
And… (this book is almost 200 pages!) the pattern pieces are included in their actual size! That means that you can trace the pattern pieces without running to a copy shop to do fussy enlargements (as you need to do with some books).
Each pattern and lesson contains step-by-step photos, so even if you’re not too confident about your sewing skills, you’ll be able to follow along! Love that!
What am I going to do?
Well… the first thing I’m going to do is re-read the entire book, cover to cover, because it’s just chock-full of so much inspiration!
Then… this sheep is pretty darn irresistible:
(and get it? I knit and crochet… so he’d be sorta like a mascot!)
Or… I’m pretty drawn to these monsters that can be made up with scraps:
(you know I love using leftovers!)
Can you tell I’m inspired?
Ready to get sewing?
If you’ve been looking to sew some adorable stuffed animals, then grab yourself a copy… you’ll love it!
I think this is the sort of book that’ll last your whole sewing life: from starting out as a newbie to designing your own adorable animals. What better value is there than that?
And if you’ve already snagged a copy… let me know what you think!
(To read Wendi’s review of the same awesome book, click here.)
I totally love that sheep! And the monsters!!! I used to make little toy animals and this is a kick of inspiration to start again. Thanks Stacey!
I’ve been wanting to try some sewn stuffed toys and I really like Abby’s style. A few weeks ago I picked up some of her patterns and some fleece to make them (but I haven’t gotten around to working on them yet).
If all that goes well, I might just need to get my hands on this book!
Thanks for the reveiw, Stacey!
love this! going on my amazon wishlist! sewing is my definate weak point and i want to get better at it so badly.
Stacey, it’s so interesting that one of the pictures of the book you have shown here on your blog is of the camel project from this sewing book. I have been begging you for so long to design a camel amigurumi!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
hahaha! That is funny! The line of ‘to-do’ animals is very long… I’m workin’ on it!
Considering I now have a sewing machine after christmas.. I really wanna make some of these cuties!
Thank you so much for this beautiful review. Stacey! I’m thrilled that you are enjoying my book and I truly hope it helps people design and sew their own stuffed animals!
I am getting that book! I loved sewing stuffed animals and that book is full of some I have never seen anywhere! Thanks for another great review!
Oh, no worries, Abby! You deserve it!!!
one-click ordering at amazon is awesome! Should have that book by Friday – can’t wait!
I know… don’t you love one-click? You’ll have to tell me how you like the book! I think you’ll love it 🙂
I just got this book yesterday and it really is that good! I’m a fan of Abby’s anyway, and I thought it would mostly be the info she has in her designing blog series, which would have been great. I can’t believe how much info is in there though! And the projects themselves are worth it, but she goes above and beyond with technique explanations to make your own toys. I can’t wait to start sewing.
Isn’t it fabulous? So happy you like it too!