I love crafting with my kids. My 5 year daughter is especially enthusiastic and occasionally tells me about a craft product she sees on TV and then BEGS me to buy it. Such was a the case with theÂ Magic Fabric Creation Studio by SpinMaster. (Coincidentally, they also make Bendaroos, which she also loves. ) When the nice folks over there offered to send her a kit to try out, she was overjoyed.
So exactly what is Magic Fabric Creation Studio? It’s a no-sew, no glue, no heat method for making little puffy creatures. (In my world, they are also called plushies or softies.) The kit contains:
- 1 Magic Fabric Studio (Plastic base with crank)
5 Magic Fabric Sheets (cut outs of animals)
- 5 Foam Inserts (“stuffing”)
- 1 Set of Press Plates
For the first one, I walked my 5 year old through the process. It really is easy- just stack the layers! You start by placing the “back” down on the press plate, then adding the details of tail, ears, etc.
Then you add your puffy foam filling (each one is cut differently- it’s not a generic fill.) Then you layer the top with eyes, nose, collar, etc.
It took about 15 minutes to assemble the first puffy toy (with mommy help), and my enthusiastic crafter begged to me to let her make the rest by herself.Â While the subsequent puffies were a little “off” in aligning the tops and backs, she was well-pleased- which is really the the point, right?
So here’s my run-down on the Magic Fabric Creation Studio:
- Easy to do, kid-friendly. Just right for my 5 year old.
- The crank system is a lot like a Cuttlebug, so my child was excited to use it. (Emulating mommy.)
- Makes 5 plushies, so it felt like you got a lot in the kit.
- The Starter kit will retail from $22.oo USD to $35.00 USD. Shop wisely! In a good price range for gift-giving.
- Refills are in the $7-15 range, so it won’t break the bank!
- Nice rainy day activity- the kids can play with the toys they make afterward. Nice imaginative play opportunity.
- Great for grandmas, aunties, etc. who might want to have a fun crafty experience with the kids, but don’t want to buy a lot of different craft materials to have on hand.
- While you can mix-and-match in the sets, it’s still pretty much an assembly craft.
- No boy options. (Hell0! Robots, trucks and dinos, please!) Boys craft, too.
- Big price fluctuations depending on where you shop.
So there you have it! I think it would make a great gift for the holidays, birthday, etc. I know that “refills” are on my daughter’s Christmas list already….
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