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Toy Making

It's never too early to start thinking about making toys for your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews for the next holiday season. And some of these toys you might just want to make for yourself!

Selected Books

Barton, Carol
The Pocket Paper Engineer : How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step
TT870.B2425 2005
Elegant and accessible, this interactive handbook teaches crafters of all ages how to create kinetic paper art. The projects are complete with examples, formulas, and the essential instruction that allows them to be constructed directly from the book with simple materials on hand: paper, scissors, and glue.
 
The Boy Mechanic Makes Toys: 159 Games, Toys, Tricks, and Other Amusements
By Popular Mechanics Press Editors
TT174.B68 2007
This follow-up to The Boy Mechanic —- Popular Mechanics’collection of can-do ingenuity from the early 1900s —- features more than 200 unique toys and games that anyone with a basic tool kit will want to make.
 
Frost, Rodney
Creative Kinetics: Making Mechanical Marvels in Wood
TT180.F8 2008
Using plenty of informative sidebars and dynamic illustrations, Frost teaches the basic techniques of making toys that move by beginning with easy, fun projects like weather vanes and mobiles powered by air currents alone. Then it’s on to simple toys you manipulate with strings, and art mechanized by levers, cranks, cams, and cogs.
 
Hobbins, Cyril
Traditional Wooden Toys: Their History and How to Make Them
TT174.5.W6 H62 2007
This guide includes a general introduction to the history of toymaking and a substantial amount of historical information on a wide variety of toys, including spinning tops, poseable dolls, and 19th-century tumbler toys. Featured toys are richly illustrated with watercolor illustrations and supplemented with instructions on how to create them.
 
Kanamori, Miyako
Happy Gloves: Charming Softy Friends Made from Colorful Gloves
q TT174.3.K35813 2008x
Includes complete instructions for making animals out of gloves, including a chipmunk, frog, duck, flower, car, donkey, and tiger.
 
Kanamori, Miyako
Sock and Glove: Creating Charming Softy Friends from Cast-off Socks and Gloves
q TT174.3.K36313 2007x
Sock and Glovepresents thirteen delightful softy projects that are quick to make and pieced together from ordinary socks, gloves, and mittens. Step-by-step illustrations and instructions make it easy to craft and dress a whole menagerie, including monkeys, elephants, piglets, bunnies, and even an insouciant fish.
 
Mellor, Zoe
Knitted Toys: 25 Fresh and Fabulous Designs
TT829.M453 2006x
Step-by-step guidance on knitting and finishing techniques for 25 toys from a fairy doll to a dinosaur.
 
Nagakubo, Nobuko
Fleece Dog: A Little Bit of Magic Created with Raw Wool and a Special Needle
TT174.3.S56 2006
In Fleece Dog Nobuko Nagakubo shows how to make adorable toy dogs in twenty popular breeds, using easy-to-find wool roving and a felting needle.
 
Rimoli, Ana Paula
Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet
TT829.R56 2008
These irresistibly cute creatures from Japan are today's coolest craze in crochet for which you need only basic crochet skills and small amounts of yarn.
 
Self, Charlie with Tom Lensch
Crafting Wood Logic Puzzles: 18 Three-Dimensional Games for the Hands and Mind
Crafting Wood Logic Puzzles provides plans and instructions for crafting 18 of the most popular manual puzzles. Readers will also learn specialized cutting, drilling, sanding, gluing and finishing techniques that make crafting wooden puzzles possible.
 
Stiles, David R.
Fun Projects for You and the Kids
q TT157.S7923 2007x
The next time your child asks you to build her a lemonade stand or dollhouse, a clubhouse or a teepee, pick up this short book of projects.
 
 

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