Marcus the Monkey, Sheep and Fish used to be grey and white socks. Billy the Dog, Rabbit and Bear used to be white and brown gloves. Mouse was once a mitten worn on a hand, and Zebra was once a striped sock worn on a foot. But with a little rearranging of the fingers, a small snip up the toe, a few sewed-on buttons, and as much stuffing as desired, these socks and gloves and mittens are turned into toy friends.
Sewing machines are optional for these projects. All can be hand-sewn with a needle and thread. After photo introductions of all sixteen projects in this book, step-by-step instructions begin - some explained in three steps, some needing twelve. The visuals in the instructions are helpful for putting the pieces together, as are the labels and arrows that appear beside them.
For those interested in making clothes for the toys, there are directions for making four items of clothing: a shirt, pants, a dress, and a hat. Author Miyako Kanamori also provides six tips at the beginning of Sock and Glove to explain such things as how to make the toys washable and what to stuff them with to make them sit.
Let Miyako Kanamoriís designs inspire you. Add personality to your stray socks and gloves. Stuff them big or small, use oversized or different colored buttons, and make your own version of the toys that appear in this book.
The author of Dog? Or Zoo? and Happy Gloves: Charming Softy Friends Made from Colorful Gloves, Kanamori has worked as a designer for a stuffed animal manufacturer. She lives in Tokyo.