Just in time for the Holidays: Soft Toys & Dolls

Soft Toys & Dolls coverThe Woman’s Day Book of Soft Toys and Dolls

Submitter:¬†Craft books that are older than the librarian are very unlikely to circ in a middle school library. This one hasn’t left the shelves since 1987. I can’t imagine why my students don’t want to play with Little Women dolls, or small dolls with polka dot bloomers.

Holly: Collectors may have a reason to want this book, but a middle school is definitely not the place for it.

Soft Toys & Dolls back cover


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  1. It looks like it might do well in a regular library. Its projects seem to have aged better than a lot of other craft books that show up here.

  2. EGL – that’s the truth. Is this a book on how to make Soft toys & Dolls or collecting them?

  3. How come the white dolls have noses and the Native dolls do not?

    I’ve always found the whole “face without a nose” thing creepy. Even those smilie faces on the “have a nice day” shirts.

    1. I don’t know, but I think it’s kind of cool that they’ve made at least an attempt to accurately show identifiable costumes of different tribes, instead of just a generic Disney Indian look. That looks like a fairly good Navajo doll, and I can’t remember what the blue one in the back was but I saw almost exactly the same coat in a museum exhibit of Native American artifacts, so it’s based on reality, too.

  4. I have this one! It’s actually quite a good old book on making simple soft toys and dolls, especially since vintage and retro styles are very “in” with crafters nowadays.

    FYI a middle school would want to go for books like “Creature Camp” by Wendi Gratz or “Sewing School” by Andria Lisle and Amie Petronis Plumley which have lots of color pictures and basic skill level instructions.

  5. My mother made those Little Women Dolls for me! It must have been around 1965 that she started them. She sent for the pattern from the magazine. They displayed them at our library at one point. I still have them but the old filler she used has gotten hard and I keep meaning to work on restoring them to their former glory.

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