Mail-Order Source For Unique Stuffed Animals?

Mail-Order Source For Unique Stuffed Animals?

Post by Rick Russe » Mon, 25 Jan 1993 12:27:00



Hi there. I'd like to know if there are any mail order sources for
high-quality stuffed animals or stuffed animal patterns.

My wife and I collect stuffed animals, you see, and her birthday is
coming up and I'd like to obtain something fairly unique. We've
already combed through the local toy and department stores, and we've
got a veritable zoo of interesting animals. Unfortunately local
sources have begun to run low... I'm fairly handy with a sewing
machine, so if there are any sources for unique stuffed animal
patterns, I'd like to know about them as well.

Anyway, if you'd be kind enough to send an address to me for any mail
order place you know of, I would greatly appreciate it. In addition, I
would be happy to summarize all responses into a list and post it to
all the craft/sewing related groups. If you have any opinions about
service, quality, turnaround time, or cost effectiveness, I would
appreciate those as well and I will happily include them in the
summary.

[ As a side note, here's a list of all the stuffed animals we've found so far:

Lots of bears
2 owls
1 vulture
4 whales (1 great and 3 porpoise-related)
3 dolphins
2 dragons
1 snake
4 pinnipeds (sea lion, 2 seals, walrus)
2 dragons
1 buffalo
2 elephants
2 dogs
1 raccoon
1 panda
1 turtle
1 pig
1 shark
1 penguin
3 poisonous tree frogs (!) ]

Thanks for your time!

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Mail-Order Source For Unique Stuffed Animals?

Post by Nancy Reh » Tue, 26 Jan 1993 23:57:21


Rick -

You might want to check out the pattern books at your local sewing stores.
One of the big names (Simplicity, Butterick or McCall's) has a chicken pattern
(I don't see a chicken listed below) that a friend of mine made.  Of course, if
you are after very realistic patterns, these may not be what you want.  I also
have seen some pretty nice and more unusual and realistic stuffed animal
patterns in the Vogue books.

Hope this helps!

Nancy

Quote:

>Hi there. I'd like to know if there are any mail order sources for
>high-quality stuffed animals or stuffed animal patterns.

>My wife and I collect stuffed animals, you see, and her birthday is
>coming up and I'd like to obtain something fairly unique. We've
>already combed through the local toy and department stores, and we've
>got a veritable zoo of interesting animals. Unfortunately local
>sources have begun to run low... I'm fairly handy with a sewing
>machine, so if there are any sources for unique stuffed animal
>patterns, I'd like to know about them as well.

>Anyway, if you'd be kind enough to send an address to me for any mail
>order place you know of, I would greatly appreciate it. In addition, I
>would be happy to summarize all responses into a list and post it to
>all the craft/sewing related groups. If you have any opinions about
>service, quality, turnaround time, or cost effectiveness, I would
>appreciate those as well and I will happily include them in the
>summary.

>[ As a side note, here's a list of all the stuffed animals we've found so far:

>Lots of bears
>2 owls
>1 vulture
>4 whales (1 great and 3 porpoise-related)
>3 dolphins
>2 dragons
>1 snake
>4 pinnipeds (sea lion, 2 seals, walrus)
>2 dragons
>1 buffalo
>2 elephants
>2 dogs
>1 raccoon
>1 panda
>1 turtle
>1 pig
>1 shark
>1 penguin
>3 poisonous tree frogs (!) ]

>Thanks for your time!

>--

>#     "Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I'll claw ya, tomorrow!                     #
>#      It's only a litter box away!"               - Bill the Cat      #


 
 
 

Mail-Order Source For Unique Stuffed Animals?

Post by Rick Russe » Wed, 27 Jan 1993 01:43:07


Quote:

>You might want to check out the pattern books at your local sewing stores.
>One of the big names (Simplicity, Butterick or McCall's) has a chicken pattern
>(I don't see a chicken listed below) that a friend of mine made.  Of course, if
>you are after very realistic patterns, these may not be what you want.  I also
>have seen some pretty nice and more unusual and realistic stuffed animal
>patterns in the Vogue books.

If I were to make my own attempt at a stuffed animal, I'd want a
pattern that is a good tradeoff between realism and sewing difficulty.
Of course, I guess the level of tradeoff would be entirely up to me
:-) !

Anyway, keep the replies coming folks, I'm getting some good ones.
I'll post a summary shortly. And by the way, I will read alt.sewing &
rec.crafts.textiles at least for a while, so I don't miss any news
posted replies.

Thanks!
--

#     "Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I'll claw ya, tomorrow!                     #
#      It's only a litter box away!"               - Bill the Cat      #

 
 
 

Mail-Order Source For Unique Stuffed Animals?

Post by Colette Mari » Wed, 27 Jan 1993 07:17:31


Quote:

>>[ As a side note, here's a list of all the stuffed animals we've found so far:

>>Lots of bears
>>2 owls
>>1 vulture
>>4 whales (1 great and 3 porpoise-related)
>>3 dolphins
>>2 dragons
>>1 snake
>>4 pinnipeds (sea lion, 2 seals, walrus)
>>2 dragons
>>1 buffalo
>>2 elephants
>>2 dogs
>>1 raccoon
>>1 panda
>>1 turtle
>>1 pig
>>1 shark
>>1 penguin
>>3 poisonous tree frogs (!) ]

Well, there's a store here in Evanston called Mostly Handmade, and
they have a stuffed***roach.  I kid you not.  I swear.  It's, well,
um... kinda, sorta cute... I guess.

I'll stop by there tomorrow and see if they take orders by mail.  In
addition to ugly bugs they also have a wide assortment of very unique
stuffed creatures.

colette
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Mail-Order Source For Unique Stuffed Animals?

Post by Heart Danc » Wed, 27 Jan 1993 09:30:31


There was an article in a recent issue of Threads that had patterns
for interesting stuffed animals.  I'd say it was 4-6 months ago.

Moira

 
 
 

Mail-Order Source For Unique Stuffed Animals?

Post by Kristy Ols » Wed, 27 Jan 1993 14:03:55


Quote:

>Hi there. I'd like to know if there are any mail order sources for
>high-quality stuffed animals or stuffed animal patterns.

>My wife and I collect stuffed animals, you see, and her birthday is
>coming up and I'd like to obtain something fairly unique. We've
>already combed through the local toy and department stores, and we've
>got a veritable zoo of interesting animals. Unfortunately local
>sources have begun to run low... I'm fairly handy with a sewing
>machine, so if there are any sources for unique stuffed animal
>patterns, I'd like to know about them as well.

Check out McCalls-- they have a great lounge lizard pattern -6279-  My friend
made it out of a knit metallic -- It looks great!

McCalls also has some great dinosaur, fish, and elephant patterns.

(I was really bored before work today, so I looked at the pattern books.  I
have all the numbers for McCalls wierd animal patterns, as well as the rest of
the major pattern companies......  I got to work REALLY early today!)

------Kristy Olson