Learn the basics of the Proggy technique with step-by-step photo guides, then set your creativity free with the easy-to-follow patterns. In Proggy Menagerie, designer and author Hayley Smith provides a collection of adorable three-dimensional rag-rug projects that can be adapted for use as children's toys, pet toys, or home accessories.
The technique is easy to master - simply cut your fabric into strips and push it through the holes in some Hessian backing - and has been a traditional way of creating mats for centuries. This technique, known as 'progging' in northeast England, is familiar the world over. Proggy Menagerie puts a refreshing modern twist on the technique, moving it beyond the usual two-dimensional rug format, with instructions for making 20 fun and funky three-dimensional stuffed animals. With a few adaptations to the backing, filling, and eye materials, the projects can be safely used as soft toys for children, chew toys for pets, or even as doorstops and draft blockers around your home.
About the Author
- Woodland creatures
- Farmyard favorites
- Perfect pets
- Feathered friends
- Water babies.
Hayley Smith creates all the products, designs, and patterns for her successful craft business, Craft Yourself Silly.
Her Proggy kits, supplies, and tools are stocked by retailers throughout the U.S. The author lives by the sea in northeast England.
"What I love about Proggy Menagerie is the easy way the author describes the how-to's. Once the basics are mastered, the sky's the limit in what can be made. These projects are perfect for groups that have a little time on their hands (Girl Scouts, seniors projects, etc.) . . . 5 stars for originality and ease of use."
--Devoted Mommy of 3