Book: Hop skip jump {with giveaway}

by kath_red on 16/11/2011

in Books, Toys+Plush

November: Month of books at

Hop Skip Jump, by Fiona Dalton, Published by Penguin Australia.

Do you know Fiona Dalton from Hop Skip Jump? She makes the most loveliest and put together soft toys – she has a little shop where she sells some of her patterns – but now you can get the whole book instead.

Fiona’s book by the same name as her blog “Hop skip jump”, shows us how to sew 25 different toys in Fiona’s unique style of cute and retro but always stylishly dressed and finished. The toys are all different characters and use recycled or eco fabrics. There is the Quick Red Fox, inspired by Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox; Monkey man (pictured on the cover) is one of Fiona’s first ever toys and so you may recognise it if you have been reading her blog for a while, it is made from wool flannel with tweed overalls; Gordon is a donkey with a very large snout and a very cute knitted vest; Eddy is a cheeky mouse with jointed limbs made from a wool kimono; Clothtopus is a scrappy fellow made to hang from a bookshelf or ceiling, and Basil is a sweetly serious rabbit made from tweed with a little scarf to match his pink nose.

There is more of course including rockets, robots, dolls, a cloud and more animals, but as well as the cute patterns, Fiona also talks about her passion for sustainable sewing and recycling materials as well as introducing makers to the basics of toy making. Each pattern includes step by step directions, a series of clear illustrations and lots of very sweet photos. The book itself lays out in a strange gatefold configuration (taking a little more room on the bench than I have available) but the patterns are neatly tucked away inside the back.

Now because I know you are dying to get your hands on a copy of this book – Penguin are offering TWO readers a copy of this book. So please leave a comment letting me know your favourite toy to sew, stitch, glue, nail or make in some way. You have 48 hours to enter and winners will be chosen at random and contacted via email. ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED. The two winners are: #48 + #4 Lisa – I have emailed you!

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1 Chloe Read November 16, 2011 at 5:12 am

I loved making crochet monkeys for the kids so the front cover monkey is definitely on the to-do list! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

2 Marilize November 16, 2011 at 6:12 am

This book sounds fantastic and as a relatively newbie stitcher, I’m pretty excited about the book – Xmas wishlist item for sure :)

I absolutely love making amigurumi’s (crocheted / knitted stuffed toys) and have made several for our home and friends. I am actually busy making one now – they are really addictive.


3 Leanne November 16, 2011 at 6:16 am

I think I would like to make that cute monkey. My favourite toy to make is Ric Rac’s Kinder dolls.

4 Lisa November 16, 2011 at 6:35 am

I love making softies for new babies. Rag dolls are my favourite!

5 Mhairi November 16, 2011 at 6:41 am

I love making softies. I have a couple of favourites in my Japanese craft books but I love to make robots.
Both my children have one and I have another one on the go for a niece or nephew due next year.

6 Bryanna Millis November 16, 2011 at 6:44 am

So far I’m making felt crinkle toys but I am looking to expand! There are many new babies among friends and family that I’d love to sew for!

7 raquel coutinho November 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

one of my favorite toys to sew was the jack rabbit pattern from hopskipjump!
lovely and easy to follow, I wiash I had the book to sew more of these cute softies*

8 Lucy November 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

I like making baby dolls from peach fabric with LOTS of extra clothing and little cloth diapers with velcro, and, tote bags. Crayon roll-up holders are fun too. Thank you for the chance to win.~

9 Jenny November 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

i made a doll from a Wee Wonderful pattern recently and was really surprised by how much fun it was! and it doesnt hurt that my daughter sleeps with it every night!

10 Kate November 16, 2011 at 8:20 am

Ooh, how fun, it looks like a gorgeous book.
For the past 5 months I have been knitting and crocheting softies for my girls but I am getting super excited to be reunited with my beloved machine in a few months time and make some sewn ones. I don’t think I have a favourite. Just what ever suits the moment. I’m not great at making it so the stuffing all stays in when you turn them right way out but it doesn’t stop me from trying.
Oh and thank you enormously for including my post in your list above. I kinda cannot believe you have me in such esteemed company. x

11 Joy November 16, 2011 at 8:22 am

Ive had fun using up all sorts of fabric scraps to make bean bags for my son.

12 Carlee Dynes November 16, 2011 at 8:23 am

Making little stuffies was the first thing I started sewing, and I still love doing it. This book is lovely and very high on my want list!

13 bec November 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

Great giveaway, would love a copy! So far have only made 2 One Red robin patterns, def looking to expand my repetoire!

14 laura November 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

I love making toys and dolls for my kids. What a cute book. Found you from Such designs website. Great blog!

15 Carrie November 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

That monkey is adorable, I’d love to try making him!

16 Amy November 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

I love to make soft toys for my girls, but lack the time to do more. This book looks so inspiring! I’ve followed Fiona for a while and have always loved her work.

17 Lindsay November 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

How adorable! I’ve made a few baby giraffe rattles–they are the perfect size for a baby to grip! I would love to win a copy so I could make the Quick Red Fox. I love Fantastic Mr. Fox!

18 amy s November 16, 2011 at 10:07 am

I love making softie food for kitchen play, but I’ve also had fun making animal-headed dolls.

19 Pat Upton November 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

I have not made any toys recently. But I love them! Especially the softies! I would love to start and this book would help!

20 Tera November 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

My favorite toy to sew so far as to be the little doll from Inside a Black Apple.
This book looks wonderful. : )

21 Becky November 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

I’ve made a number of lambs, sewn and needle felted, for my sheep-loving daughter.

22 Marci November 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

I would love to try to make a softie for my girls.

23 Vilma November 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

I love making sock monkies and other softies! The last one I did was an elephant – and the little girl I offered it simply fell in love with it! The monkey on the cover looks amazing!

24 Marilou November 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

I’ve sewn clothes, but not stuffed animals. I’d love to try — and since I often call my little boy “monkeyboy” the monkey on the cover would make a great first attempt.

-Oh, wait, I did sew stuffed things for them last valentines day I’d had the idea that I’d get it just in time for Valentines day and remembered using “Palm-Sized Softies” to make them little embroidered deer last year. But it would still be a great tradition to create. :)

25 Dagi November 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

Oooooooh, I love to make little Softies for my baby boy. I made a crochet Cat lately and i would LOVE to add the cute rabbit from Hop Skip Jump :)

26 gail November 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

i’ve never made a toy, but i am dying to try that adorable penguin in the book!

27 Carrie November 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

I love to make felt food for my daughter’s play kitchen! :)

28 Denise November 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

What a fun book. My kids are older, but I have a niece and nephew who would love these toys!
Thank you for the chance to win. :)

29 jessicac November 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

This book looks adorable. My favorite toy to make so far has been the knit set of Woodins by Mochimochiland!

30 dulcet November 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm

When my son’s teacher was having a baby I made a quilt, but then I made a sweet little fairy doll for her daughter, too. I figured that the baby shouldn’t get all the fun loot. I just threw the doll together and it turned out surprisingly well. Why is it that those kind of things can never be duplicated with as much success as the original?

31 Salma November 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Thank you for this giveaway!
I love to crochet amigurumis for my daughter and my niece

32 Holly November 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

My favorite toy is a book of colors, making each page with a bunch of fabrics with one color. Soft and useful!

33 Kami November 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Excited to see this book come out, I love making dollies for my little ones.

34 Deidre November 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I love Fiona’s work — it’s awesome that she has created a book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy — fingers crossed!

35 carrie November 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

My favorite are knit toys – they are such portable craft projects.

36 Ella November 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I’ve made a ton of Rebecca Danger’s knitted monsters!

37 Jill November 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I like sewing dolls and toys for my kids. I’ve made too many to count (toys, not kids!) But my girls keep asking for more. It’s hard to say “no”…

38 lawheezer November 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Count me in! I think it was the pants that got to me!

39 happyhermit November 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I like making the Black Apple doll too! Would love to try the patterns in this book as i have been following the Hop Skip Jump blog for a while. Thanks x

40 Eva Fernandez November 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I’ve made some softies for my kiddos, mostly dolls and rockets, but I’ll love to make soft robots to hug.

41 Mirja November 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Wow, what a cool book. I would love to get my hands on a copy!

42 Katherine of Kitten's Lost Her Mittens November 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I have a Wee Wonderfuls bunny pattern that I have sewn over and over. That’s probably my favorite one (so far). I would love to add to my repertoire! Thanks so much for the chance to win this book!
x Katherine

43 Sarah Day November 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I love making my dolls. But I have a few of Fiona’s patterns and they are a joy to sew as well! I hope I win, since we can’t get this book in the US!

44 Danielle L. Green November 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I love making little doodads for my daughter’s hair.

45 Andy November 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm

The favorite I’ve made so far is a sewn cat – with a rabbit ear hat for the times he needs a disguise.

I’ve admired Fiona’s work for several years now. I’d love a chance to win a copy – especially since there’s a penguin pattern!

46 Andrea from ziezo November 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Lovely give away! It would be great to make a few other softies, than my regular dolls. . .

47 Kylie C November 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I tend to create sci-fi creatures for my nieces and nephews because I think it will encourage the to read in the future. I must admit it annoys my siblings so maybe I’ll stick to monkeys and bears and hippos this year rather than Cthulhu.

48 Lori November 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I love making rattles from small stuffies for kids. I have a stash of little hard plastic containers that will make noise when a bean is placed in them. Find a cute little stuffed animal, stuff it and plop in a rattle…. Always a winning gift, too!
Thanks for the giveaway!

49 Hilary November 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I like the elephant pattern in Diana Rupp’s SEW Everything Workshop.

50 Mary Emmens November 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I’m no great expert with making toys (which is maybe why I’d love this book) but I did make a rocket out of fabric for my little boy a couple of years ago and it’s still going strong!

51 Sharonnz November 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

We’re into sock monkeys at the moment but I’ve tended to be more of a knitted toy gal. These wee peeps look delightful!

52 Serena November 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I love making small cloth dolls that fit just right into tiny hands. Fiona’s designs are so wonderful!

53 Annette November 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Oh, I love to sew poppets! Thank you for a chance at this toy!

54 sangeetha November 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I think my favorite toy would be an elephant.

55 Deanna November 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm

what an adorable cover and eco-friendly too, you can’t beat that! i like making papermache’ birds.

56 jessica alvarado November 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

i’ve only just started sewing softies. So far my favorite is the Koji dinosaur pattern from wee wonderfuls. he is so cute! next on my list are robots and birds. or maybe robot birds – not sure yet.

57 Lionesslady November 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Oh, this books looks fabulous! I love to make sweet babushka shaped softies for the little girls in my life!

58 Seanna Lea November 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

My favorite was an amigurumi bear I made for a friend who is Jewish. I made a matching little red yamulka for the bear to wear and my friend was super thrilled with the gift!

59 JustVal November 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Oh my favorite soft toy to make would be Basil, what a great way to use leftover scraps for clothes for Basil. Rabbits are adorable, plus the name is fantastic!

60 Allison C November 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I like to make these half blankie half toy animals out of minky…which I sometimes really dislike sewing, but it makes the softest toys. I got the patterns online and I think they are called Hankie Blankies. They are adorable and have been a big hit so far.

61 Jamsby November 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I love making sock monkeys…classis and oh so cute!

62 Margarida Godinho November 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I love to sew softies with funny fabrics!
Thanks a lot for this giveaway!

63 Kathy H. November 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I like making Black Apple dolls-cute and easy!

64 Sherri S. November 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I love to hand-sew ANY toy…I’ve made elephants and bunnies and dogs and owls. It makes me so happy! Love to see this book–looks fab. Thanks!

65 Katy Fox November 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

So far I’ve only made some really basic softies so I’d be really excited to try making something a little more challenging. This book looks fab, what a great giveaway!

66 Di November 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm

We love Fiona’s toys here and have two made by her already, so I am very excited about her book. I’m planning to make one of her dolls for our nearly 1 yo daughter. In the meantime I have been having fun making baby tag toys based on a nani iro cushion pattern- blogged here:

67 Sandi Butler November 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Fiona’s book looks absolutely gorgeous!
I have made some cloth dolls – santas, angels etc, they were fun to make. Also I’ve made a sock monkey which turned out so cute!

68 jojoebi November 16, 2011 at 7:16 pm

toys are my favourite thing to make but making a personalised doll for a new born is my absolute fave.

69 Lorraine Marwood November 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I have tried crinkly baby toys, love felt food for my grand daughters, scrappy dogs, pincushions, robots, horses, embroidered toys and have set my daughters out on their own craft adventure, so would love a copy to share with them all.

70 Claire - Matching Pegs November 16, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I love making small dollies, and Christmas angels.

71 Eve November 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm

My favorite thing is making animal “friends” for my 3 year old. He’s obsessed with green, so he now has a green koala, guinea pig, dog, and cat. I love seeing him cuddle up with something I made for him.

72 Janice November 16, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I love all kinds of stuffies, especially teddies of all shapes and sizes. But anything that is made at HSJ is always totally amazing and I would love to make any number of them.

73 Liz Horton November 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I have been recycling old receiving blankets into soft snugglies for my little ones- cats, monsters, anything I can think of!

74 Pearliepie November 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I adore making tiny felt stuffies and then covering them with embroidery and beads. They’re not really safe as toys after that, but they are oh so cute!

75 Jen R November 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I love sewing little stuffed toys! And although I haven’t tried it yet, a crocheted tiger is on my to-do list!

76 Danielle November 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Big fan of Fiona’s work! Lovely softies and I love the materials she uses. The closest I’ve come to making a toy is a baby cuddle blanket with textured tabs – does that count? – but I’m inspired to try Fiona’s patterns. Thanks for the giveaway!

77 jessica w. November 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

the only toy I ever made was by myself when I Was 12 with my grandma supervising… it was really ugly cross between a bear and a wolf…. maybe my next toy will be better considering I have better taste and am a little bit older now lol

78 Natalya Hoak November 16, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I have not made any toys yet, but would love to start. My goal is to start making homemade gifts to all the children on my list. These would be perfect!

79 domestic diva November 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm

We love making yarn dolls.

80 Rachel November 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Felt food, especially pretty little strawberries.

81 Posie Patchwork November 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Super cute name for a blog & book (long time admirer of Fiona’s work) so this is super exciting to be in the chance to win a copy of the book, just in time for Summer holiday crafting. Thank you. Love Posie

82 Kim November 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm

So excited that Fiona has a book out! I can’t get it here in the U.S, however, I hope to get my hands on a copy soon. :) My favorite thing to make is Fiona’s Poppy doll! I’ve made one for my daughter and have a spare one that I need to finish up.

83 meg November 17, 2011 at 12:12 am

oh…could I put this book to good use! my kids love crazy stuffed creatures…I’ve whipped up ‘whacky cat’, ‘quacky rabbit’, ‘nut-butt’ and several rabbit-like lovlies! thanks for the suberb giveaway!

84 Cath Roberts November 17, 2011 at 12:40 am

My fave would be the gorgeous Babushka Dolls from Lisa at the Red Thread! I am just about to make some of her Sweetie Petites for Christmas pressies too!

85 Jennyroo November 17, 2011 at 1:06 am

I have only tried my hand at a few simple stuffed animals made with felted wool upcycled sweaters. Would love to get my hands on this book!

86 Karen November 17, 2011 at 3:36 am

I am in process of making some softies for Pip’s ‘Softies for Mirabel’ campaign. This will be my third year. I have used different patterns every year. In the first year I made a ‘Flat Ned’ out of denim. Lovely after a few washes. Last year I made one from the book ‘Sew Darn Cute’ out of flannel. Super cuddly. Awesome give away!

87 Tove November 17, 2011 at 6:51 am

During a trip abroad I made a small dollhouse, and miniature furniture, out of a ceralbox, other empty
cardboard boxes, a toilet roll, a scrap piece of fabric and som e old magazines. Me and my 7-year old also made a shop using a smaller box where her dolls could buy themselves some play doh food. We had a lot of fun making and embellishing the house.
Apart from that project the best toys I ever made are crochet food for the play kitchen.
Lovely book!

88 rosemarie November 17, 2011 at 6:53 am

hi,just got here what a nice gift u give away and to win regards from the Netherlands

89 Faye November 17, 2011 at 9:43 am

I don’t make a lot of toys, but recently I made some scrappy stuffed elephants as baby shower gifts and had so much fun with them. I would love to make more, and a book to help me learn how to do it right would be great!!

90 Alison November 17, 2011 at 10:31 am

I am not a great crafter, but I make, en mass, knit monkeys and elephants for all the new babies born. I love plus, soft, handmade animal toys!

91 Jen November 17, 2011 at 10:45 am

Tag blankets are a quick and easy toy to make!

92 Stephanie November 17, 2011 at 10:56 am

These are adorable! I love softies!

93 mountain girl November 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I love to knit dolls and stuffed animals!

94 Ami November 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I’m also fairly new to sewing, but I’ve got owls and elephants dancing in my head.

95 TK November 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Soft plush kitties and puppies.

96 Maureen Dempsey November 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I love making softies from recycled polar fleece.

97 Diana M November 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I love making elephants and dolls. This book looks great!

98 SewLindaAnn November 17, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Right now it’s birds in a nest and turtles with crocheted fabric.

99 Kate November 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm

What a marvellous-looking book. I love crafting toys for my children and eco-friendly is even better!

100 Wendy November 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I’ve alway loved softies. Dolls, flowers, animals, monsters..I love them all.

101 Rhonda November 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Oh wow…I’ve been dying to make some stuffed animals and dolls from reclaimed materials, and this looks like the perfect book to start with! I’ve been a little hesitant to start on my own. Would love to win, but just may buy the book if I don’t! Thanks for the review.

102 Sue November 18, 2011 at 1:19 am

Love fiona’s dolls! Been following her for years! I would love to make a whole family of poppy dolls, they are adorable :)

103 elisa November 18, 2011 at 3:18 am

Am I still in time?
She creates such a beautiful softies and I really fell in love with the fox one.
Good luck to all of us!

104 ~Heather November 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

Making stuffies with my kids – having them draw out a design, then sewing them together.

105 Neza November 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

This is a lovely giveaway, thank you!

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