While I was ordering my brother’s birthday gift on Amazon, I went ahead and ordered myself this adorable “Felt Friends from Japan” book. I think it was the felt fawn on the front that really sold it for me, but it also boasts 86 toys and accessories you can make yourself. I haven’t had a chance to make anything out of the book yet since I’m still trying to finish the miniature dishes I posted about earlier, but the book looks very promising
This book has a nice mix of toy patterns as well as accessory patterns for things like coin purses and such. Aside from having patterns to make all of the different kinds of toys, it also has pages of cutout guides for making your own felt applique badges to add to whatever you like. The sewing instructions have lots of pictorial diagrams on how to do things so it should be fairly easy to follow. It also dedicates a page to beginner info on how to do certain embroidery stitches that are used to embellish your felt toys, as well as other tips for beginners. There are also a heaping helping of beautiful, clear images of tons of the cute creations, so the book also has the addes bonus of being full of eye candy.
Actually my Dolly Dolly book arrived on Saturday, and I just now got around to scanning in the page that features the MSD clothes. Anyway the pic to the left features the separates you can make in MSD size, to see a bigger pic, just click the pic. There are also a lot of other doll patterns in this book for other sized dolls, but you could definitely resize the patterns to fit any doll.
There are lots of other cool DIY stuff in this book as well. There is a whole feature on making fake sweets for your dolls, and also a nice feature on how to make fake silver jewelry for your doll using a special silver art clay. I don’t know if you can get the silver at clay state-side or not, but it looks like fun. There is also a bunka style doll project you can attempt as well. Aside from all the DIY projects there are tons and tons of awesome dolly pics that can give you lots of ideas for projects. There’s quite a lot of Blythe in the book, but there is also a good amount of BJDs and a smattering of other dolls. I must say that I just enjoy picking it up and thumbing through it just for the eye candy. 😀 I would definitely consider buying more of this book as it’s just plain awesome and fun! Just to note though, it’s all in Japanese, so to get the full benefit you need to be able to read Japanese.
I ordered a copy of Dolly Dolly Vol. 16 from Bk1 tonight. I had been interested in the book ever since I knew it had a wealth of MSD sized patterns in it. Bk1 says it will be 1-3 days before it ships, but now right after I ordered it, the site says 7-21 days! I sincerely hope that for me it’s the 1-3 days, and it’s just in a warehouse somewhere. I’ve ordered from Bk1 before though and they’ve never done me wrong, so I will remain hopeful that I will have my book sometime by the end of next week. Anyway if you can read Japanese and have been searching for this book, you can still order it through Bk1 here:
You will need to know enough Japanese to navigate the check-out menu though. Bk1 by far has it the cheapest at only 2000yen, but if you don’t know Japanese you can also order it from BeNippon, but it will be a little more expensive. Here is the link to the BeNippon site: