Belle and Boo: Craft Book Review & Giveaway (UK only)

If you are a fan of Belle and Boo and are a little bit crafty, then hold on to your hat as I’ve got a gorgeous book to show you that is available next week (4th July).

Belle and Book Book of craft

I opened it and wanted to make so many of the 25 projects immediately. It is billed as ‘innovative projects for parents to make for their children’. I think it is more accurate to say ‘things you will want to make and then let the children look at from a distance’, because they are so lovely, you’ll have a hard time handing them over to your kids.

The first thing I had to make was Boo rabbit. I’m so glad that I hold onto all kinds of shrunken disasters. The angora cardigan I probably wept over as I pulled its tiny self from the machine has been transformed – probably for the better.

Belle and Boo cardigan to bunny transformation

The book gives lots of step by step instructions with photographs to make sure you do everything in the right order. It took quite a lot of hours to make, but it is really easy, and the felted wool is very forgiving of  dodgy novice stitches as it kind of went fuzzy again over the top of the seams.

I completed the head in a long (happy) afternoon.

Belle and Boo head

Then this morning I had everything ready for the body building:

I’ve loved making this and seeing Boo reach completion. The book also tells you where to source all the things you need, from felt wool to the safety eyes and toy joints.

So ta-da! Here he is:

Just the right size for a cuddle

I’ve made a start on the second project I loved from the book, which is a meadow blanket. I had one of the Ikea blankets that was used for the base, but I’d shoved it away in a cupboard as it was quite plucked in places. It is going to be brought back to life now as any plucks can be hidden with strategically placed daisies or buttercups – genius.

Image from the book

I love the simplicity of the design and think it is a lovely blanket to have outdoors, but even on rainy days you can have an indoor picnic on your very own meadow. I’ve made a start on my flowers, and will keep adding to it as I go.

Other projects include an embroidery motif to make a tooth fairy pillow:

Image from book

A gorgeous pompom beret and matching mittens on string in my favourite yarn, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. I also loved the use of Belle and Boo fabric in some of the projects, particularly the explorer satchel.

Images from book

I think one of the biggest plus points for me with this book apart from the quality of projects is the variety of craft mediums. It includes knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery and paper crafts. It also has small quick projects and other things that you can really get stuck into – a wendy house and a cloth book.

The book is available now direct from Belle and Boo, retailing at £14.99 and Amazon has it on pre-order (published 4 July) at under £10. You can see some previews there too.

I’m delighted to be able to offer a copy of the book courtesy of Quadrille Crafts. Just leave a comment and follow the rafflecopter instructions. What was your childhood teddy/toy that you couldn’t live without? Closes mid-day on Monday 1st July. UK postal address only.

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