Homemade children’s stuffed toys, a review

The craft book, “Flip Dolls & Other Toys (That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go),” by Laura Wilson, has 27 stuffed toy sewing projects that even those more inexperienced with sewing can do.

It has a variety of projects with different levels of difficulty for the reader to experiment with. The toys you can make are great for your children, grandchildren or to give as gifts at birthday parties or baby showers.

Handmade children’s toys have become more and more popular and I decided to try it out myself. I made “Gulp” the whale. He is a cute little stuffed whale that has an opening for his mouth, where a child can pretend to feed it or hide another small toy in it. I made it using only my handheld sewing machine.

I think all projects in the book can be made using any type of sewing machine or even by hand-stitching, although that would take much longer in many cases.

I was pleased with how the whale came out, and I plan to make more toys from the book to give as gifts to my nephews.

A few of the other projects included in the book are cars, robots, a knight that “flips” into a dragon, birds, stackable trees, an alligator and fox with zipper mouths, turtles with changeable shells, and many other cute creatures.

Patterns for all of the projects are located at the back of the book, but they do need to be enlarged at about 200 percent. I had a lot of trouble scanning in the images and placing them just right on my scanner so they would print out correctly after scanning.

But, if you do not have access to a scanner or don’t want to have to go through the hassle, full-sized patterns in PDF format now are available online on the larkcrafts.com website.

The author is a designer and illustrator and can be found online at wewilsons.blogspot.com. The book can be bought at sterlingpublishing.com or Amazon.com and retails for $19.95.