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Making Adorable Button-Jointed Stuffed Animals: 20 Step-by-Step Patterns to Create Posable Arms and Legs on Toys Made with Recycled Wool

Making Adorable Button-Jointed Stuffed Animals shows how to make cute, cuddly animal figures using felted wool from old sweaters!

  • 20 creative projects to make from felted wool reclaimed from old sweaters and coats
  • Figures can be posed at their button joints, making them ideal for play or display
  • Beginner-friendly simple sewing approach, with an emphasis on hand stitching, along with sewing machine alternatives
  • Hundreds of step-by-step photos throughout, along with detailed instructions showing exactly what to do
  • Ready-to-use patterns are included for every project

Looking to re-purpose an old sweater? Ready to recycle last winter's coat? Why not make an adorable stuffed animal out of those fuzzy fleeces!

Let award-winning sewist Rebecca Ruth Anderson show you how to turn your unused wears into precious plush toys in Making Adorable Button-Jointed Stuffed Animals. Each of these 20 super-cute designs features buttons at the joints so kids can move the limbs around! With detailed instructions, step-by-step photos, and ready-to-use patterns, you can complete any of these delightful projects in just a few hours.

This collection of 20 button-jointed felted wool figures is fun for crafters, parents looking for kid-friendly projects, and beginner sewists. Each uses felted wool made from recycled sweaters (polar fleece or coat-weight wool are also options). The button joints allow the figures to be posed, making them ideal for play or display. The book's emphasis is on hand stitching, though sewing machine alternatives are covered as well.

Making Adorable Button-Jointed Stuffed Animals offers detailed instructions coupled with photographed steps and complete patterns to help you make any of these projects in no time!

To demonstrate the overall process of working with a pattern, cutting, stitching, stuffing, and adding button joints, the dog project is covered in detail. For other projects, steps unique to the figure are provided along with the complete patterns.

This book is perfect for crafters who love animals, value re-purposing wool, and enjoy making things by hand!

Ideal as heirloom gifts, these sturdy animals will be enjoyed by children for many years to come.

Projects include:

  • Wiry Terrier
  • Curious Cat
  • Rabbit Family
  • Plump Hen
  • Little Duckling
  • Portly Pig
  • Spirited Pony
  • Mountain Goat
  • Woolly Sheep
  • Wild Orca
  • Sea Turtle
  • Polar Bear
  • Dusty Camel
  • Forest Elf
  • ...and many more!

These toys are easy to sew by hand and compact enough to work on most anywhere. Add decorative stitching of a jazzy color and some unusual buttons and you'll have a one-of-a-kind toy that is sure to please!

Author Rebecca Ruth Anderson's love of tiny sewing projects dates back to when she was a missionary's child in South America. She used to sew stylish clothing for the lizards who roamed the area and which she tried hard to catch! Today, her talents have far surpassed lizard fashion. She is a well-known and well-respected sewist and quilter who has won numerous awards and written countless articles on sewing and quilting. She also creates her own designs under the name Rebecca Ruth Designs and teaches the art of working with felted wool using her own original designs, as well as numerous quilting classes.