Book Review: Making Stuff For Kids

by mcaplan on 26/02/2008

in Books, Community + Creativity, knitting+crochet+yarn

When I was a little girl I loved doing crafty projects with end results that I could be proud of. I was no stranger to tie-dyeing my own tees, papier-maché, making kaleidoscopes out of toilet paper rolls, you name it! There is a fab new book from Black Dog Publishing called Making Stuff for Kids by Victoria Woodcock, Ziggy Hanaor & Safiya Waley which is jam packed with art projects for the whole family! The book is broken down by age, beginning at 3, making it easy to find appropriate activities for all the members of the family! There are new versions of projects that you no doubt did, which I think is really exciting and brings a nostalgic twist to crafting with your kids! There are projects ranging from utilitarian (Pinboard Wizard, pg 116.) to just plain silly and fun (Totally Tutu, pg. 104). Each project includes easy to follow patterns and instructions to make the day go smoothly! You will only have to worry about having too much fun!

What I think is a great added bonus to this book, is the “How To . . .” section in the beginning defining all different forms of fabric crafts, including Applique, Knitting and Felting, with step by step instructions. There are even pages dedicated to easy and popular sewing stitches. I certainly learned a few things while perusing the pages, and cant wait to share this book with my niece!

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1 Mellissa February 26, 2008 at 11:03 pm

That sounds like a fun book, thanks for sharing!


2 lucykate crafts... February 27, 2008 at 4:58 am

i can vouch for that book, i wrote the ‘how to cross stitch’ section plus a pattern to make a rag doll.

actually, i’ve just posted a new pattern on my blog, my daughter has to wear an eye patch to help improve her eyesight, and it’s a little tutorial on how to make one out of felt!.


3 teddylux cashmere February 27, 2008 at 8:29 am

looks very cute, creative and fun. Looking forward to checking it out!


4 Tiff@Three Peas February 27, 2008 at 9:47 am

Sounds like a really good find! I may just have to pick that one up on my next trip to the book store!


5 Kathleen Molloy March 17, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Handy. My daughter is constantly asking me to make things for her. So asked for a knitted strawberry shaped hat. I tried my first hat using circular needles and it was going along swimmingly until I discovered that I had somehow inverted my needles and had made a figure 8 instead of a circle. Hat number 2 provided less a disaster. She now proudly wears her strawberry hat and has asked for a mini version for her baby sister.

Kathleen Molloy, author – Dining with Death


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