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Magical Gecko Owes His Very Existence to - "Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction"
Submitted by Pam on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 01:06
Meet my very colorful Magic Gecko!
A couple weeks ago, I reviewed Abby Glassenberg's brand new book "Soft Animals: From Concept to Construction" and as part of the review, I made the very first project in the book - "FISH".
Although Abby has included a total of 16 projects in her book, the real purpose behind writing "Soft Animals: From Concept to Construction" was to teach the skills and techniques needed so that anyone can create whatever stuffed animal their heart desires - be that a snake or a dragon or a unicorn!
And just to prove it - I made a gecko!!!
Abby suggests when creating our own creature, it is best to begin with a drawing and then transfer the drawing to a paper pattern! And here is my first version of the gecko pattern! (Notice - five toes on each foot - a proper gecko!)
This little guy is designed to be a tree ornament so he is only about 8" long - probably five toes was a bit ambitious for a creature this size but I had to try!!
Abby recommends making a test muslin animal before committing to the chosen fabric, so I cut and stitched test muslin gecko #1.
I quickly figured out that while I could actually succeed at stitching those five teeny tiny toes, turning them nicely was pretty much impossible. They really are teeny tiny toes! Four toes might be a better solution.
And once the muslin body was stitched and stuffed I realized my gecko body was way too narrow - unless I was making a North American Pencil Body Gecko - which I was not!
All good reasons for Abby's advice - make a test muslin, evaluate and adjust the pattern, make another muslin…. And so I did! Actually - three times - and each time the toes became fewer and the body a little fatter!
At last - a three toed gecko partially stitched and almost ready to be stuffed!
Thanks to lessons for turning and stuffing long skinny parts and inserting parts into a seam, and to tips for proper stuffing - what was a bit of pretty fabric and fluff is now a plump, very colorful, three toed magic gecko!
Abby's book is fabulous! Anyone wanting to make stuffed toys for children absolutely must have this book in their crafty library. In addition to all the basics from proper stitching technique to stuffing tips and tricks, "Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction" is a beautifully organized and well written collection of 52 lessons that cover every possible aspect of stuffed toy making.
If you really don't want to make three muslins and would rather take advantage of someone else doing all that testing for you, then 16 adorable pre-tested projects are just waiting for you - trace the patterns, stitch and stuff!
Order your very own copy here or here! And while you are at it, why not get an early start on your Christmas gift list. "Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction" is the best gift ever for anyone you know wanting to make stuffed animals for the children in their lives.
Why a "magic" gecko? Any gecko with only three toes has just GOT to be magic - right?