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SOLVED: Non-Fiction > SOLVED. Non-fiction: Fairytale sewing patterns (toys) 1980's/90s or earlier. [s]

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Aspiring Scribbler | 67 comments This is probably a long shot. I'm looking for a book of sewing patterns that my mother had when I was a little girl - published possibly before or around the mid-1980s, and certainly no later than about 1992 (when I first started learning how to sew).

The book contained a series of patterns of fairy-tale/nursery rhyme characters that were designed to be made out of felt. I can't remember what many of them were, but Goldilocks and the Three bears sticks out in my mind. Little Red Riding Hood might also have been in there, but I'm not sure about that.

The main defining feature of the book is that each story had a set of characters and a 'bag' that was a house with windows and doors on the side. Any ideas?


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Aspiring Scribbler | 67 comments Kym wrote: "Costumes for Nursery Tale Characters by Jean Greenhowe?

Book cover from Amazon -

https://www.amazon.com/Costumes-Nurse..."


Nice thought, but no. The book I'm thinking of was patterns for little dolls/stuffed toys of the characters.

Thanks for trying though!


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Ann aka Iftcan (iftcan) | 6967 comments Mod
I'm going to suggest a publisher. While I don't see anything in their current collection, this sounds like something that they would have printed. You can write them and see if they did/did not publish something like this in the past. http://store.doverpublications.com/


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Ayshe | 4326 comments The Fairytale Doll Book maybe? There are few inside pictures on this etsy listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/58604384...


Aspiring Scribbler | 67 comments Kris wrote: "These books are too recent, but just in case you're interested:
- Fairy Tale Sewing: 20 Whimsical Toys, Dolls and Softies by Heidi Boyd
- [book:Sewing Tales to Stitch an..."


These are all very nice, but I kind of have my heart set on finding the book I'm thinking of if I can.


Aspiring Scribbler | 67 comments Ann aka Iftcan wrote: "I'm going to suggest a publisher. While I don't see anything in their current collection, this sounds like something that they would have printed. You can write them and see if they did/did not pub..."

I don't see too many sewing patterns in their collection - it's mostly papercraft and colouring books... That said, looking for the book through publishers of similar things was not something I'd thought of before, so thank you for the idea!


Aspiring Scribbler | 67 comments Ayshe wrote: "The Fairytale Doll Book maybe? There are few inside pictures on this etsy listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/58604384..."

Sadly, no. It's very nice, but not what I'm looking for.


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Tab (tabbrown) | 5055 comments Were there illustrations or photos inside the book? Were they in color?
Do you remember the cover?


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Ann aka Iftcan (iftcan) | 6967 comments Mod
Aspiring, they used to have more sewing books than now--and of course, their catalogue changes as times change. As do those of all publishers. But check them anyway. I used to have several of Dover's books that had to do with costuming and sewing various dolls and teddy's. Unfortunately, I've gotten rid of them as time has passed and I needed to make room for new books. That's why I suggested contacting them to see if they might have published them in the past.


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Adele | 1226 comments Is this it: https://www.etsy.com/listing/61410701...?

I couldn't find this on goodreads. In case the etsy listing goes away, I have copied the information here:

Once Upon a Time, Instruction book by Aline Gehrke for soft, stuffed fairy tale characters for kids. All the dolls and their carrying case houses are pictured above, as is the materials list. Also includes instructions for Christmas ornaments garland and pencil toppers. Full size patterns, detailed instructions- A fun and easy project. Light shelf wear on the cover and one scuf where a price tag was. 25 pages, published by The Vanessa-Ann Collection in 1982, book #VAC 201. Dolls are about 5" tall but the gingerbread man also has a pattern for a 17" doll.


Aspiring Scribbler | 67 comments Adele wrote: "Is this it: https://www.etsy.com/listing/61410701......"

That's it!!! I thought I'd never find it. This group is amazing, and so are you!


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Adele | 1226 comments Yay! :-D


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Kris | 36583 comments Mod
Glad you found your book, Aspiring. Here's the Goodreads link for Adele's find - Once Upon a Time Felt by Aline Gehrke.


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Adele | 1226 comments Thanks, Kris!


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