I remember this book in the library when I was a kid, but it didn't really appeal to me back then--I think maybe the dolls were too simple? Which is exactly what I like about it now. It's just a cookie cutter pattern--head, body and limbs are all one piece, but somehow the way you stuff it gives it a nice shape
The dolls proved to be popular enough that Edith Flackley was able to start a career with them. I especially love this excerpt from the book
The book was published in 1938 so I realize that two to five dollars was decent money for making dolls, but still!
There are patterns for a variety of dolls
as well as all their clothes
The seller described the book as having writing on the pages, which didn't bother me but when I received the book, I was rather delighted to find out the writing was all sorts of notes jotted down by the previous owner--ranging from Christmas decorating to tips on household cleaning.
The dolls continue to be popular, there are a variety of online sources showing vintage dolls people have collected, as well as new ones made from the original patterns. My plan is to make one for Ivy for Christmas, to look like the doll in one of her favorite books, The Story of Holly and Ivy. Which I need to get started on, how many days until Christmas?!