Softies?imple cloth characters to sew with basic tools?re popular worldwide for good reason: easy, fun designs give the successful results that inspire a new generation of kids to sew. This guide to the zenki way, from the founder of Sew a Softie, helps parents, teachers, community organizations, and kids make a good thing even better! Using the zenki method, everyone can create huggable softies?nd more importantly, design their own. The zenki secret? Two squares of felt, only four straight lines to sew, and a key design feature: wide seam allowances, allowing arms, legs, wings, hair, and more to be cut from the border (no inserting or pinning). Try it with these 14 different zenki characters to make, brimming with quirky personality and ready for your own touch. Each project builds designing know-how and has clear photo-by-photo instructions. Learn the zenki way to become an unstoppable softie designer, and a lifelong sewing lover.
Trixi Symonds is the founder of the worldwide sew-together phenomenon Sew a Softie, which has been featured in?Simply Sewing,?Homespun,?Handmade,?Casa Creativa,?Love Patchwork and Quilting,?Little U?from Uppercase, and many more. A designer and teacher with over 25 years?experience, Symonds has held workshops in Kyoto, Amsterdam, and Melbourne, and in venues all over her home city of Sydney, including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Australia Museum. She is also the author of?Sew Together Grow Together, which offers 20 hand-sewing projects that bring parents and children together through sewing. Symonds was asked to design a simple-to-sew Ugly Doll by the promoters of the UK release of the?Ugly Dolls?movie and designed a piranha softie for Aaron Blabey? book?Piranhas Don? Eat Bananas.

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