Vintage Paper Dolls

By on 6-28-2011 in Paper Dolls

Paper dolls have always been one of my favourites. These paper dolls were published first in the McCalls Winter 1924-25 Needlework Magazine, then again in their September 1988 Magazine. What fun these must have been to mommy’s little girl if she was allowed to actually cut them out and play with them. They would make a great gift for the paper doll collector in your family.

Molly McCall Paper Doll

Molly McCall has two pets, Blinky and Winx who have their own accessories. Molly also has her doll with her and a clown suit to wear.

Baby Jean and Nurse Celeste

Baby Jean has her own French nurse, Celeste, along with her own Christmas tree and a place to lay her head when she takes a nap.

A June visit from Santa

By on 6-28-2011 in Christmas Patterns, Vintage Patterns

Santa is a great subject even in June. This cute Santa was published in the McCall’s Needlework December 1987 Magazine as an ornament for your door. Isn’t he the cutest and he has lots of potential.

Santa Door Ornament

I think Santa would make a cool Christmas card with a money gift in his sack or as part of a table mat with the spoon for your Christmas oatmeal in that same sack. He would also look very handsome on a Christmas stocking or marching around a tree skirt.

Santa Door Ornament Pattern

This pattern is so simple it could be used to cut a Santa cookie, decorated in lots of red icing and coconut for his beard. What fun for the kids it would be to decorate him.

An old fashioned girl and boy to embroider

By on 6-08-2011 in Embroidery, Vintage Patterns

What a great pair these two make. As pillows they could adorn a young girl’s bed. They were published in the McCall’s Iron On Transfers, Volume V, Memory Lane book.

old fashioned girl

Embroidered on muslin, the girl in pink and the boy in blue, they would be very traditional. They could also be used as a quilt pattern, the girl with a pastel pink dress, hat and shoes, the boy in a royal blue suit with embroidered gold buttons. I think they would be fun on a quilt with the fronts on the top of the quilt and the backs on the bottom.

old fashioned boy

They could also be reduced to a 6″ size and worked in redwork to join with others in a quilt or quilted in red dress and suit for Christmas pillows to decorate the couch during the holiday.

Embroidery patterns….one for the new baby and the other for the man in your life

By on 5-29-2011 in Christmas Patterns, Embroidery, Vintage Patterns

baby embroidery

This embroidery pattern for ‘baby’ was published in the McCall’s Iron On Transfer Book, Volume V. Wouldn’t it look sweet on the ‘overflap’ of a baby’s blanket? What a great way to show off your needlework skills along with your latest addition.


Another embroidery from the McCall’s Iron On Transfer Book, Volume II….A full sized deer with a youngster. They would be perfect on a dark background in a man’s den or even dad’s chair. I can also see them on a whole cloth quilt or a Christmas table cloth.

Christmas Cookie Cutter Ornaments

By on 5-10-2011 in Christmas Patterns, Embroidery, Vintage Patterns

Christmas ornaments

These four friendly little cookie cutter ornaments could adorn a Christmas stocking or tree skirt as well as hanging around on your tree. A smaller version would look great as tags on your Christmas presents. They would stand out using redwork or bluework embroidery on muslin on a table runner, especially if they were done in bright metalic threads. How about marching them along a baby’s bib or blanket? They were published in the McCall’s Creative Crafts, Volume 19 magazine.

Reindeer and Goose Ornaments

If you would like all four of the ornaments you can download a pdf document for them here: Christmas Cookie Cutter Ornaments