|Gifts You Can Sew: book no. S-11|
Canadian Spool Cotton Company, c1943.
The book is broken up into sections; for brides, babies, teens, for the kitchen, the hobbyist, and even the soldier -- this is 1943 after all. There's even a page at the end about wrapping things cheaply but still attractively.
Here are photos of the project pages for you to enjoy.
Some of these projects are popular today -- for example, I immediately noticed the string bag below, since I've just seen instructions for a similar one in a brand new craft book just published this month. And I know I've seen the long, one piece oven mitt at craft fairs recently.
|I was struck by Project #4 on this page -- it's another item that makes use of scrap stuffing,|
rather like the immensely popular Closet Case Patterns Pouf -- if you are knee deep in poufs
by now, try out this "Headrest for Reading in Bed" instead!
|Directions for Reading in Bed Headrest - note the "rags for stuffing" suggestion in the materials list.|
These are all super quick projects with brief instructions; and there is a wide variety. This is the kind of booklet I loved to collect when I was a teenager -- I also loved party planning guides from the 30s and 40s. I don't know where I got that from. Do you also enjoy vintage books and crafts?
Hope you had fun perusing these pages with me. Good luck with your gift making this year!
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