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Cute Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo

Reported by Melissa Norris

I like cute stuff. I will admit it. I want things that I buy to have that little something that adds a bit of whimsy and joy. So when I saw Cute Stuff in the “Let’s Make Cute Stuff” series by Aranzi Aronzo on the shelf I knew I had to have it. Also, with a 3-year-old daughter, I knew the projects in this book would come in handy when making things for her.

You are guided through the book by White Rabbit and Brown Rabbit. Here’s a little more about them.

  • White Rabbit – “Carefree. She loves to eat, have fun, and sleep. Not so good with the handicrafts. She’s best friends with Brown Bunny.”
  • Brown Rabbit – “She’s cool, smart, and responsible. She has a knack for handicrafts. She sort of talks like an old lady, though. She’s best friends with White Rabbit.”

At the top of the first several pages you will find White Rabbit and Brown Rabbit. Talking about what you need to get started, occasionally used materials, how to make patterns and how to sew. White Rabbit is really excited to learn about making cute things and Brown Rabbit is always there to help. Brown Rabbit also hops in from time to time to give tips and suggestions and White Rabbit shows you her successes on the project. It is quite…well cute!

The patterns and projects vary greatly from bags of all types and sizes, embroidery projects, and around the house stuff like book covers, hair bands, and key chains. There is definitely something for everyone and for all skill level of crafters. Most project take simple materials that you may already have in your craft space like material, felt, embroidery thread, and sewing supplies. In fact, the only thing I had to get at the store was a half yard (and I didn’t even need that much) of material because all of mine is in storage after our move.

I started with a felt business card holder. It’s a very simple design and pattern, but you can make it as decorative or simple as you want with appliques. It didn’t even take up a half sheet of felt. I had all the supplies ready to go and it took me less than an hour. A great project if you need a quick little gift for someone.

Here’s the front of my little business card holder with a little felt flower.
Here’s the back side filled with my Craft Critique business cards. The little flap tucks right in and keeps everything safe.

My next project was something for my daughter. During the move, we managed to lose the cute, decoupaged crayon box I made for her (or it’s in storage…fingers crossed) so I thought I would make a little pouch to keep them in. This one used up less than a half yard of fabric, a little bit of felt, some embroidery floss, and some twill tape I had laying around. This was also completed in about an hour and she loves it. The instructions provide measurements for 3 different sizes, but also gives you the formula to make your own. I plan on making some more to fit my shoes when I’m traveling. They would also make great make-up bags or gift bags.

Here’s my little bag with an elephant applique.

Now a few things to note about this book. It was originally published in Japanese as Kawaii Mochimono and was translated to English. So sometimes the translations are a little funny. Not anything that you won’t understand, but make you get that funny look on your face like “Huh?” Also, due to the translation, the measurements are metric. So flip your measuring tape over to the centimeters side and you’ll be all set.

The book includes 17 different projects, full of instructions to alter them in different sizes, and since applique is a staple throughout the book, there are well over 30 different applique patterns that can be used on anything. Oh, and beware…the french knot is used often in the appliques. And as a person who no matter what, no matter how many times I try, cannot do the french knot, I just wanted to give you a fair warning, that you may get frustrated from time to time. But everything else was easy, I assure you.

Pros:

  • A large variety of projects
  • Easy to follow instructions and patterns
  • Great photos and ideas for completing projects
  • Lots of applique patterns that you can use on projects outside of the book
  • Projects that require little time and materials you already have

Cons:

  • Metric measurements
  • Sometimes strange translations
  • And that dang French Knot!!

Cute Stuff retails for $14.95 and by purchasing it for only $10.17 at Amazon.com you will be helping to support Craft Critique!

Aranzi Cute Stuff

I definitely give this book a 10 out of 10! Besides the fact that I can’t make a French Knot, all the other cons are easily overcome. I feel that anyone could pick up this book and make the crafts and be super happy with the cute creation they made.

Do you have this book? Or have you been tempted by it on the store shelves? Let us know! And if you’ve made some creations from the book, leave us a link, we would love to see it!

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6 Responses to Cute Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo

  1. Bekka March 19, 2009 at 3:36 pm #

    I saw this book in B&N a few weeks ago…dude, is it ever cute!! Everything looked easy enough to make, and I would have bought it if I hadn’t been short on funds that day.

  2. Andi March 19, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    my fave, most used craft book that I was willing to buy is Sew What! Skirts. One skirt I uploaded is here

  3. Erika M. March 19, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    I did purhase this book – I like all the cute projects in it – lots of good eye candy!

  4. ScRaPbOoKfReNzY March 20, 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    What a neat book! TFS!

  5. IamSusie March 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    The Japanese version of this book is the first Japanese craft book I ever purchased. I love it and it just may be my fave of all. Those felt envelopes are great to give little trinkets as gifts or to put in gift cards.

    Melissa, we need to hang out sometime and I’ll show you the secrets of French knots!

  6. Michelle McGee April 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    My friend has The Cute Book and right now I am in possession of her Chickie! Here she is:

    http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f154/motherkearney/P3300002.jpg

    I also tried my hand at Lizard and he came out really cute!