Crazy And Not So Crazy Craft Patterns VIII

It must be that time again; the craft patterns are stacking up!  We probably would not have this problem, but a year or so ago a really cool place opened up here in town, that encourages us to drag home even more “stuff”.  The store is called Who Gives a Scrap? and their sole purpose is to prevent craft items from heading to the landfill by taking donations and selling them to folks who can put the items to good use.  They carry fabric, beads, buttons, yarn, pompoms, scrapbook paper, stamps, frames, wood stuff, baskets, bits of tile, bottle caps, old CDs, books, you name it, the list goes on.  If it might be useful, they take it, and sell it for a pittance.  I have never gone in there without a bag full of stuff coming home, and the most I have ever paid is $6.00.  Needless to say, both Deb and I haunt their craft books scouring for fun patterns to share with you, and since we pay only a quarter or so for each one, home they come!  So let’s take a look at what I have scrounged up the last few months.

How about some Hats, Bags, and Beanies?

This booklet was put out by the American Thread Company in 1945, and claims to have all the latest fashions for hats in that year, as well as snoods, calots and half-hats, what ever those are!  (I had to go look the last two up, links included.)  They used artwork to inspire themselves for some of the designs.  Loved the Rembrandt one:

They also included a great little selection of small hats that really would have been quick and easy to crochet, so any woman could be fashionable and up to date:

Gotta say, even with my crochet skills, these would have been a quick make.  I may find myself in need of a snood any day now.

This next one, while not being a straight craft pattern booklet, was pretty funny, too:

It was aimed squarely at the teenager who wants to gussy up her room.  There were four sections for the romantic, the artistic, the outdoor type, and the prom personality.  Here are the pages for the romantic:

There is a little quiz to see if you are this type, and then some ideas for you.  Overall, the ideas were pretty fun, although the suggestion to pretty up a pole (I am hoping from the teen’s room being in the basement!) with fake ivy made of pipe cleaners and plastic leaves was a bit of a stretch.  I was puzzled by the constant reference to waxing things to keep them clean till I saw the back of the book and noticed the publisher:

Well, Johnson Wax had to flog their product somehow.

Next up, some Fun With Felt:

Overall, I rather liked the late ’60s vibe of this publication.  Not too horrific on the colors, and you gotta admit these bags are pretty fun:

I could see the top one with updated colors being a really fun tote, even today.  We are going to pass on the bleach bottle carousel lamp:

I will give them props for ingenuity, but it is never going to be anything but a felt-covered plastic bottle.

Normally, we pass Work Basket magazines right by.  We both have quite a few, and really, how many doily patterns do you need?  This one made me buy it:

I adore the tiny kitty motifs on the place mat.  I even own that sweet little Puss ‘N Boots pitcher, and it is one of my favorite things.  Nothing too exciting in the whole rest of the mag, but it was worth it for the cover.

While not really being a craft thing, I had to throw this in the pile just because I am terribly worried about these children:

Actually, maybe worried is not the right word.  Terrified is more like it.  I am not sure how they found two such hauntingly creepy specimens for the cover, but I really don’t think you should feed them.  Just think what they would do with more energy.  I only scanned one other page in here, but imagine 32 pages of the same:

They had a month for the almanac part, and then were trying to sell you any of their myriad products.  They made vitamins, cleaning products, spices, starch and whole bunch of personal items including tonics for everything that could ail you.  God only knows what was in some of that stuff.  I am going to just let you figure out on your own why that fellow in the picture is winking at you.  Make up your own story.  This was dated 1952.  I did look it up, and Rawleigh is still in business selling only vitamins these days.

This booklet caught my eye with its bright cheery colors:

And here I thought all those sateen ball ornaments were store-bought!  At least some were made by enterprising crafters.  And what do you know: Swistraw is actually  from Switzerland.  Here is the back of the book with more projects:

Gotta say the topiaries and the little umbrellas were pretty funny.  While I was glancing at the instructions inside (I didn’t scan them, as they were in black and white, and color is more fun), I got to thinking that the name sounded somewhat familiar.  Sure enough, the craft hoarder strikes again:

I can remember my grandmother making stuff from this, and picked up a bag of it somewhere along the line.  I almost feel the need to make a pink topiary.  Hey, winter is coming, and I am going to be bored!

Just so you don’t think vintage craft books have all the worst, here we have a nice modern one for your favorite fashion doll:

I have no idea what prompts me to snag all these plastic canvas patterns, because mostly they are just horrendous.  I might be tempted to make the tissue box, as it would be funny, if Babs were not immune to gifts from Great Aunt Velma or whoever.  Maybe that is the reason I bought the book; it sure wasn’t any of the projects on the back cover:

If you made that swing for any little girl, it would just be mean.  It would collapse under the weight of even the tiniest of dolls with those flimsy legs, and I bet that poor horse would catch cold trying to drag that carriage around on wheels that would only turn grudgingly at the best of times.  I did flip through this and come up with why I purchased it:

With some tweaking, these could work.  Ah, a project for another day.  Right after I use up my Swistraw!

Tune in next week, when we get back to normal with our annual Halloween post.  Drop us a line if you have found any weird/cool craft patterns lately.  We love seeing them.

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4 Responses to Crazy And Not So Crazy Craft Patterns VIII

  1. Sandi Magle says:

    These are great—I was a college librarian at a state university that had a Home Economics teacher program as well as Fashion Merchandising, and surprisingly all these little pamphlets were filed in boxes and given Library of Congress designations. One of their sewing requirements in the History of Fashion courses was to dress Barbie Dolls in handmade costumes to match historical records.

    • kathy & deb says:

      That’s very interesting. Lots of people who sew say that it’s harder to sew for dolls. We probably could supply The Library of Congress with a huge craft booklet section, if they were interested. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  2. Emily C says:

    =) I have one of those shops. Ours is Scraps and Skeins. They tend to be a bit more focused in what they take in for donation. Mostly fabrics, patterns, sewing machine parts, yarn, needles, etc. I love that they often have a selection of the embroidery kits. Those are so fun to make and everywhere else they are $30+ and I only pay $5ish.

    • kathy & deb says:

      It’s an awesome store for crafters. My friend knits, and she frequently buys mohair skeins of yarn for $1/pound. It’s amazing how much stuff you can get there for less than $5. I take visitors there just to get them excited about one in their home town.

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