What They Say:
The Belle & Boo Book of Craft provides all the inspiration and know-how needed to bring to life this magical childhood world created by artist Mandy Sutcliffe introducing the enchanting characters Belle and her pet rabbit Boo.
Containing 25 innovative makes and ideas including sewing projects such as an irresistible cuddly rabbit toy, a delightful washingline wendy house and an intrepid explorer’s canvas satchel for playtime. There are also simple papercraft ideas for decorations and party pieces, such as paper boat place-settings and a hot-air balloon mobile.
Featuring a mixture of timeless illustrations and photographs, this enchanting book will help you to discover the many delightful worlds that Mandy creates with her deceptively simple but stylish images of Belle and Boo.
What I Say:
I have to be honest (it’s a curse don’t you know ;-P) and tell you that I had never heard of Belle and Boo until I saw this book. My daughter is 10 now and much more likely to be found reading a novel to herself than enjoying a picture book! But it’s seems that Belle and Boo are more than story book characters: these nostalgic little illustrations have leant themselves to fabric, tea sets and party goods to name but a few. Clearly this mum of a pre-teen, has been left out of the loop!
This is a book of crafts that relate to the Belle and Boo illustrations but of course, they can all be adapted and although the book is clearly aimed at younger children (the mittens pattern only goes up to age 7), there are some projects that would appeal to an older child. Crafts feature felts, embroidery, sewn items and papercraft to name but a few. So while our house has little use for this darling fabric book….
…we are particularly taken with these lolly shaped soaps…
If you have a child under the age of 6 or work with young children, then this book is an absolute must. It’s pleasingly laid out, with large images and uncluttered pages. The instructions are some of the clearest I have seen and it’s just so cute! Beautiful photographs are intertwined with Mandy Sutcliffe’s gloriously nostalgic illustrations and the style is consistent throughout the whole book.