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‘Feltie Friends’ Craft Book Review

Molly made a Flubble xx
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finished-felt-toyI was recently sent some gorgeous paper and felt craft books by Ivy Press to review. Design wise my favourites were Make a Mobile and Paper Play – the typography and sketchy illustration style of both books appeal to the graphic designer hiding inside me!!

Molly on the other hand went ‘straight’ for the cuteness and picked Star Felties to have some fun with. A tidy little book of 8 adorable soft toy alien creations to simply stick and sew.
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Molly had only tried sewing a few times before and got fed-up with it quite quickly, so I was curious as to how she would embrace this one – and embrace it she did!!

The inner back cover pocket contained the felt, thread and buttons to make Flubble, one of the aliens, and I think it was that I was letting her sew with a ‘real sharp’ needle that she was so excited about – no more plastic needles for a grown up 7yr old!!

I did the prep work of tracing the pattern from the book and cutting the felt. I then backed away from the table to let her do the gluing of feature felt pieces onto the body, before handing her the needle to thread herself and start sewing – I was really surprised and delighted at how quickly the concept of coming back up through the felt , she never got that before. It had finally clicked and she was so proud of herself – tee hee, lovely to see.

The palm size characters in this book are perfect for small hands – little bite-size aliens – and the amount of sewing required for each character is minimal (perfect for short attention spans!!). With such easy to follow pictorial instructions these Feltie Friends craft books are so perfectly designed and created for kids, requiring minimal ‘interference’, prep or clean up from mummy :)

All 8 characters are cuteness personified, with adorable names like Ziggy, Yooki and Binky – they are so perfect for schoolbag mascots, mobiles and keyrings – play with them, swap them or give them as pressies.

Star Felties and Forest Felties are available on Amazon.co.uk
– I highly highly recommend xx
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The making of Flubble

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First I traced over the pattern and transferred this pattern onto the felt pieces supplied.

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Molly then took the copydex in hand and started gluing on the features – body stripe and hat, mouth and eyes
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M’s new sewing skills were not up to sewing on the button eyes, so I did that for her
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and then she threaded her needle and with just the briefest demo of a single stitch she was off……
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You should head over to Ivy Press now to check out this and other cool craft and hobby book titles now…

 

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