Softies Book Review

Hi everyone!

I thought I’d make a little series out of this book review thing, since I have amassed SO MANY craft books over the years. And, you can tell a little bit about someone by what they read (and what they make), so I hope that this will help you get to know me a bit better.

Today, I am going to review a book called “Softies.” This book will help you to make little plush characters of your very own, either by hand or using a sewing machine.  The happy little tree above, otherwise known as “Treeling,” was made from a pattern in this book.

The above picture is actually my well-worn copy of this book. You can see the original Treeling right on the cover, as made by the artist Linda Lye. The patterns for the little plushes came from lots of different artists, but the book was compiled by Therese Laskey. The book comes with a handy little elastic bookmark, and a pouch full of patterns for the plushes.

I think that this book will give you tons of inspiration, as well as a window into the lives and the work of the artists whose designs are showcased inside. I found the instruction in the front of the book to be very helpful too. I still can’t make a french knot to save my life, but I can backstitch like it’s my job now :-).

The photography in the book provides quite a bit of clever eye candy as well. The felt ice cream sandwich (which I have made) is photographed with his namesake, a box of ice cream sandwiches. And the white  velour teeth are pictured in a dentist’s office. I am a particular fan of those as well. The artist who created the teeth, coincidentally, attended college at the Rhode Island School of Design. As a born Rhody, I find that pretty exciting.

I can’t say that I’ll make every single pattern in “Softies,” but there is a pretty decent array of projects in “Softies.”   I personally like the toothy double-scoop ice cream cone, the pink flower pincushion, the big-headed whale, and the felt party cake. I’d say that this book will get you ushered into the world of making your own little plush friends in no time. There is even an amigurumi bunny and some needle felted little bears to give you a little info on these other craft forms while you’re at it.

I’d say that if you’re looking for a gift for a crafty friend of yours (or you’re looking for a new hobby), that “Softies” would really fit the bill. Therese Laskey also has a plushie kit on the market, also with the name “Softies.” It has a few of the same designs contained in this book, as well as a few others, along with some basic fabric and supplies. So go out and look for it on the bookstore shelves guys!

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