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Animal Friends

Animal Friends

Animal Friends

Get your craft on with this menagerie of handmade toys, homewares, accessories and gifts. Inside you’ll find the patterns, templates and instructions to sew, knit, crochet and stitch all your favourite critters.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
One-off
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2 min.
a perfect companion

HOW TO MAKE… A FELT SAUSAGE DOG BROOCH YOU WILL NEED Felt in cream, dark brown, light brown and pastels (for the coat) Embroidery thread in white, black, light brown, dark brown Gold faux leathery Gold charm Metal brooch pin Scissors Fabric glue NOTES Find the templates on page 147 01 Photocopy the templates on page 147 and cut out two brooch backings from your cream felt, a dachshund from your light brown felt, and a tail and an ear from your dark brown felt. 02 Position the dachshund centrally onto a brooch backing piece, then using two strands of light brown thread, sew in place. Using the same thread and the pictures as a guide, sew on the tail and the ear pieces. 03 Cut out the collar and coat trim from the gold faux…

7 min.
little dino

HOW TO MAKE… AN AMIGURUMI DINOSAUR YOU WILL NEED DMC Natura Just Cotton, 100% cotton, 50g/155m, two balls in Light Green (12) and one ball each in Coral (8) and Jade (20) (only small quantity required) 2.75 mm (UK 11, US C/2) crochet hook Toy stuffing Two 8mm black safety eyes Stitch marker Tapestry or yarn needle TENSION Ensure your stitches are dense enough to keep stuffing in place. ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ss slip stitch dc double crochet inc increase by making 2dc in st dc2tog double crochet 2 together – (insert hook in next st, yarn round hook and draw loop through) twice, yarn round hook and draw through all 3 loops on hook. magic ring hold thread in your hand and wrap working yarn around forefinger twice to create ring, slip ring off your finger and…

3 min.
best of friends

HOW TO MAKE… CAT AND DOG FELTIES YOU WILL NEED Felt in peach, yellow, brown, red, white, black, grey and pink Embroidery thread in black, pink, white, yellow and brown Scrap fabrics for the outfits Two buttons, 0.5cm (”) diameter Soft toy stuffing Glitter card Fabric glue NOTES Find the templates on page 147 Use two strands of embroidery thread throughout, unless otherwise stated Say goodbye to awkward pet portraits, and hello to dinky versions of your favourite furry pals – immortalized in felt Both of our pets have been made using the same basic steps, with details stitched on to give them a more personal touch. Here’s a thought: why not sew up the rest of your family using scrap fabrics to match their hair colour and skin tone? We’re already planning their…

4 min.
laundry buddy

HOW TO MAKE… A FLEECE SQUIRREL PEG BAG YOU WILL NEED 25cm (9⅞") square of light grey fleece (you could also use flannel or a felted wool jumper) 25cm (9⅞") square of sew-in fleece interfacing Small scrap of dark grey felt for feet and ears Small scrap of pink felt for nose Pair of black 8mm safety eyes FINISHED SIZE Approx. 33cm (13”) long NOTES Find the templates on page 147 We love doing the housework as much as the next person (in other words, not at all!) so we’re always up for finding ways to make it more fun. This cuddly flying squirrel has space in his belly for nestling clothes pegs, and will keep you company as you hang out your smalls to dry. He’d make a great gift as a peg bag, but you…

11 min.
party animal

HOW TO MAKE… A CROCHET PIÑATA CUSHION YOU WILL NEED Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, 100% acrylic, 276m/302yd per 100g, one ball each in Bubblegum Pink (150) (Yarn A), Mandarin Orange (117) (Yarn C), Buttercup Yellow (122) (Yarn D), Pansy Purple (147) (Yarn G), Paper White (100) (Yarn H) and Pure Black (101) (Yarn I) Stylecraft Special DK, 100% acrylic, 295g/322yd per 100g, one ball each in Lipstick (1246) (Yarn B), Aspen (1422) (Yarn E) and Turquoise (1068) (Yarn F) 2.5mm (UK 12, US C/2) crochet hook 3.5mm (UK 9, US E/4) crochet hook Soft toy stuffing 10 x 10cm (4 x 4”) piece of cardboard Yarn needle TENSION Tension is not overly important for this project, just ensure you keep it consistent throughout ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ss slip stitch dc double crochet dc2tog double crochet 2…

4 min.
monsieur le woof

HOW TO MAKE… A FLEECE DACHSHUND CUSHION YOU WILL NEED Fleece fabric in light brown and pale blueCotton fabric in light brown, black and pale blueGold beads Black embroidery thread Tapestry needle Soft toy stuffing Fusible web Matching sewing thread Fork Pale blue yarn NOTES Find the templates on page 147 There aren’t enough heart-eyed emojis out there to fully express our love for this dachshund cushion. From his pom pom beret, placed at the jauntiest of angles, to his happy, wagging tail, this j’adorable plushie pillow fills us with glee. Sew your own version to bring quirky Parisian chic to a corner of your home, and to show your love for the short-legged, long-bodied sausage dog. Just remember to use a 0.5cm (¼) seam allowance throughout, unless otherwise stated. 01 Photocopy and cut out the…