I decided to do something a little different for this post. This is a knitted soft toy without any knitting!
There is a craft book I’ve had for sometime, but hadn’t got around to attempting anything from it until this week when i decided to give it a go. The book is called Happy Gloves and is by Miyako Kanamori. She has created the most beautiful, cleanly designed and easy to follow instructions for making soft toys out of gloves. Although the book only has 21 items to make (actually, that’s quite a lot really isn’t it ?), it gives you the instructions in such a way that you can easily take off with the idea and make many more variations of your own.
Here is the Elephant that i made for my granddaughter, for this you actually need two gloves but there are many in the book that only require one glove these are ideal and fun projects to do when you’ve lost one glove, and are too attached to the other to throw it away.
Happy Gloves is different from most of the other craft books out there. This book begins like a children’s storybook with a photos of every project and a little story about a fat chipmunk.
After a short story that includes photos of the various projects, there’s a sewing overview that explains the different stitches you’ll need to know, what sort of gloves to use, how to stuff and knot, etc. The hand-drawn illustrations that accompany this section are adorable!
Next comes the step-by-step how-tos. There is a clear set of chronological photos on how to make the chipmunk. From then on, you use those basic steps to complete the other projects. There is a set of illustrated instructions that show you the pattern (where to cut the glove) and specific variations for each project. The diagrams and instructions are extremely easy to follow! The book ends with instructions on how to stitch on the faces.
I’m loving the simplicity of both the book and the projects. My favorite projects are the elephant, the tiger, the rabbit, and the banana (yes, I did say banana)! Oh, and the teapot and cup are pretty cute too. The photos and illustrations are lovely, making this a good coffee table book. Alternatively, the story-telling makes this book appealing for children. Speaking of children, I bet they’d enjoy making their own glove animals and the projects are simple enough that they could do it with a little help.
These softies are cute and sweet and cost nearly nothing to make! All the gloves used in the book are solid color, which works well in showing shapes and details such as fabric appliques and embroidery. And once you master the techniques, you can branch out and use all sorts of gloves. I can already picture old Fair Isle or other colorful gloves used in creative ways.
This is a great book Because who doesn’t have a few odd gloves lying around-and who couldn’t use another quietly cheerful little friend?