Sew Cute to Cuddle by Mariska Vos Bolman is an inspiring book full of sweet patterns for soft toys and animals to sew. There is a lovely range of toys including an owl, monkey, koala, hippo, and dragon. The designs are modern and fresh and really appeal to young children. The toys are graded in difficulty with most suitable for beginner sewers. The instructions are very detailed, with loads of diagrams and tips to guide you through the process. Even if you are a softie making beginner, you should be able to tackle the designs with confidence.
Sew Cute to Cuddle has a helpful tools and techniques section which covers soft toy making techniques such as stitching ans stuffing, as well as advice on selecting fabrics and tools to use. Full sized patterns are included in the book so you can trace the templates and get straight to work. The hard part is deciding which toy to make first!
By varying the fabrics, you can give the toys a lot of individual personality. I think my favourite is Missy the Koala – I do have a soft spot for Aussie animals! She is super cute in her pink dress with matching hair bow.
Sew Cute to Cuddle is available from Stitch Craft Create. They stock a large range of sewing books. The lovely people at F & W Media are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of Sew Cute to Cuddle. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us about who you would like to make a soft toy for. The competition is open worldwide until August 22nd, 2014. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced here on the blog on August 23.
For more chances to win your own copy of Sew Cute to Cuddle, check out the other stops on the blog tour.
Fri 1st – Mariska Vos-Bolman
Sat 2nd – Messy Jesse
Wed 6th – Boolah Baguette
Fri 8th – Ordinary Lovely
Mon 11th – Sewing Is for Girls
Fri 15th – A Spoonful of Sugar
Wed 20th – Emma Lamb
Fri 22nd – Kestrel Makes
Sat 23rd – Feeling Stitchy
Tue 26th – SCC