Crafts

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  • Crochet Flower Potholder Pattern Crochet Flower Potholder Pattern
  • Simple Angel Wings – Easy To Make from Crepe Paper These easy-to-make Angel Wings are great for school plays, Halloween costumes, even dress-up. They could also be used as butterfly wings, fairy wings, bug wings. Receive more awesome vintage goodness in your in-box, subscribe to our free newsletter HERE. Material Verybest Crepe, 1 fold No. 100 White; 1 pc. No. 7 Flower Wire; paste; 1 pc. 1/2″ white Gift tyying Ribbon. Wrap two 18″ ...
  • How to Make Feather-Like Angel Wings Making Feather Wings Feather wings, such as Cupid wings and angel wings, are made on a founda­tion of wire bent in the correct shape, or if they are quite large, the foundation is made of cardboard reinforced with wire. When cardboard is used, cut inthe desired shape and then cut out the center, leaving a narrow ...
  • Brickwork Afghan Pattern Making this Brickwork Pattern Afghan is a great way to use up fabric scraps.  Alternately, I really like the suggestion made to use special fabrics – suits, dresses…etc. This could make a very nice memento for someone. For a practical, inexpensive, and pretty afghan we recommend this patchwork afghan in a brickwork pattern. It is an ...
  • Double Nine-Patch Knitted Rag Rug Pattern (1940’s) Rag rugs! My family had several of them – they were in virtually every room of the house and boy did they stand the test of time!  My Mom just recently donated several of them to a local thrift shop – none of them were as fancy as this “Nine-Patch” one.  Enjoy making it! This rug ...
  • Rose Flower Doily Pattern This Rose Flower Doily may be made with any of the American Thread Company products listed below: Material Quantity Doily Size (Approximate) Size of Needle “GEM” Crochet Cotton Article 35, Size 30 1 Ball White 1 Ball Light Pink 1 Ball Dark Pink 1 Ball Nile Green 9 Inches Steel 12 ******************* ******************* OR”STAR” Tatting Cotton Article 25 2 Balls White 2 Balls Light Pink 1 Ball Dark Pink 1 Ball Nile Green 7 “ ” 13 *******************  ******************* OR”STAR” ...
  • How To Make Tin Foil Animals Another nifty craft from the 1930’s that uses an ordinary item  to make something creative. Thirty years ago, as a child, Paul E. Tichon began collecting scraps of tin foil. He still does. In the meantime, every scrap he could lay his hands on he has converted into hundreds of delicately and-wrought pieces of “sculpture,” some ...
  • Bird Tea Pot Holder Pattern – Crochet   It may sound a bit corny…but I especially like this bird tea pot holder because my tea kettle sings like a bird when the water is boiling. Enjoy making this cute tea pot holder. MATERIALS 4 ply Fingering. Scraps of Red, Green, Blue, Fawn and White. One No. 2 Steel Crochet Hook (American Gauge). Two Small Pearl Buttons for Eyes. Piece ...
  • Pansy Flower Potholder Pattern – Crochet MATERIALS Steel crochet needle 00 Cotton Yarn – 1 Skein Each Yellow & Purple & 3 Yards Green (OR) Rug Yarn – 2 Skeins Yellow & 1 Skein Purple & 3 Yards Green With Yellow ch 8, join to form a ring, * ch 3, 3 d c in ring, ch 3, turn. 2nd Row. 2 d c in same ...
  • Mother’s Baby Apron Pattern This apron provides protection not only against splashing water but also, across the shoulders and back, against baby’s spit-up or drooling. Cut in one piece it is easy to make, and is especially attractive in white outing flannel with contrasting touches of baby pink or baby blue. PLEASE NOTE This apron is easy to make. However, we advise ...
  • Silly Kitty, Yarn is For Knitters! Original image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.
  • Duck and Ducklings Knitting Patterns (#109) Quack, quack, quack go the Momma duck and here little ducklings! Adorable and easy to knit. (this is a paid pattern) MATERIALS 4 ply Miss Canada Superior Fingering. Duck – 2 ozs. Yellow and ¼ oz. Orange. Scraps of Black for embroidery. Two No. 8 Knitting Needles. Kapok for stuffing. Ducklings – Wool left from Duck will make 2 Ducklings. Two No. 11 Knitting ...
  • Rabbit and Bunny Knitting Pattern (#108) What is cuter than a rabbit and her bunny baby? Easily knit this adorable pair of bunnies! MATERIALS 4 ply Miss Canada Superior Fingering. Adult Rabbit – 3 ozs. Pink and 1 oz. White. Scraps of Rose for embroidery. Two No. 9 Knitting Needles. Kapok for Stuffing. Baby Rabbit – 1 oz. Pink and ½ oz. White. Scraps of Rose for embroidery. Two ...
  • 16″ Doll Snow Suit Knitting Pattern This adorable Snow Suit is great for both Boy and Girl 16-inch dolls. Includes knitting pattern for a one-piece snow suit and instructions for making a pom-pom for the hood. MEASUREMENTS Chest 11 ins. Length from top of shoulder to ankle 12½ ins. MATERIALS 4 Ply Fingering (shrink resistant) 3 oz. Red Two No. 10 Knitting Needles. One 6-inch “Zipper” Fastener. Two Safety Pins.    
  • Flower Boutonniere Crochet Pattern MATERIALS 3 ply Fingering Scraps of Dark Green, Brown and various flower colors One No. 4 Steel Crochet Hook (American Gauge). 2/3 yd. fine Millinery Wire. FLOWERS To make petal: Ch. 3. sts. Join in ring with s.s. 1st round: 11 s.c. in ring. 2nd round: 2 s.c. in each of the 11 s.c. of previous round. 3rd and 4th rounds: 1.s.c. in each ...
  • Dog Pot Holder Pattern – Crochet MATERIALS Steel crochet needle 00 “STAR” Rug Yarn Article 44 – 2 Skeins Cream (OR) “STAR” Cotton Yarn Article 75 – 2 Skeins Cream (OR) “AUNT LYDIA” Heavy Rug Yarn Article 235 – 2 Skeins Cream & Bone 6 (AND) “STAR” Six Strand Embroidery Cotton Article 50 – 1 Skein Red & 2 Skeins Black & Steel 7 Directions are given ...
  • Sewing – Vintage Image from the 1800’s This is out of an old book from the late 1800’s    
  • How to Make a Vintage Apron : Attach the Retro Hem How to attach a retro-style hem to your vintage apron project; learn this and more in this free arts and crafts video series taught by a design expert. Expert: Candi Cane-Canncel Contact: www.candiland.com Bio: A native of Miami Beach, clothing designer and costumer Candi Cane-Canncel is a definite craft maven. Filmmaker: Emily Dell If you like ...
  • Romantic Heart Apron Pattern (#APR0102) Black velvet ribbons run through embroidered beading at the waist, and tied around the neck is a new feature in this dainty apron of a soft light weight drapery fabric with Dresden China like sprigs of flowers on a white background. View and Download this FREE vintage apron pattern below: Heart Apron Pattern, Vintage Apron Pattern//
  • Charming Utility Apron Sewing Pattern (#APR0101) An apron that is both cute AND functional – complete with a matching cap!  Restored and refreshed from the 1940’s! This is another FREE sewing pattern for you to enjoy 🙂 You can download .PDF of this FREE apron pattern by CLICKING HERE.
  • Polka Dot Apron Pattern (#APR0100) Refreshed and Restored from the 1940’s, this nifty Apron pattern will add zing to your kitchen! Materials needed to make the Polka Dot Apron: Polka Dot Cotton – 1 yard Percale Bias Trim (double fold) in two contrasting colors Snap Fastener Sewing Threads to match. $5.99 – Instant Download – .PDF file Digital Download / .PDF file viewable with free Adobe ...
  • Knit Panties Pattern for an 18-Inch Doll (#N00105)   These panties are cute with their little scalloped edges.  The elastic goes through the eyelets created at the waist band area. This is another FREE pattern to enjoy 🙂 You can download a free .PDF of this pattern by CLICKING HERE. These panties also match the Knit Vest which you can find HERE.   MATERIALS 3 ply Fingering Yarn 1 oz. Green ...
  • Knit Vest Pattern for an 18-Inch Doll (#N00104) Another cute piece of clothing to knit for your 18-inch doll! And this one is FREE 🙂 You can download a free .PDF of this pattern by CLICKING HERE. Or see the pattern below: This vest matches the Knit Panties which you can find HERE. MATERIALS 3 ply Fingering Yarn 1 oz. Green (B) Two No. 10 Knitting Needles 2 Press Fasteners THE VEST FRONT: With ...
  • 18 Inch Doll Short Coat and Beret Knitting Patterns (#N00103) Adorable button-down short coat and beret to make for your 18-inch doll! Knitting pattern.  Click Here for More Info.
  • The Famous One Hour Dress (1920’s) When announcement was first made in 1923 that Mary Brooks Picken of the Woman’s Institute had developed a method by which an attractive 1920’s dress could be made in an hour, it aroused tremendous interest among women everywhere. Some doubted that such an achievement was possible, until the dress was made in ...
  • 18 Inch Doll Sweater, Skirt & Step-In Knitting Patterns (#N00102) These 3 Knitting Patterns are Perfect for an 18 Inch Doll!  Pattern restored from the 1950’s. $6.97 – Instant Download- .PDF file MATERIALS 3 ply Fingering Yarn 1 oz. of each Yellow (A) and Green (B) Scraps of Rose (C) Two No.10 Knitting Needles One Medium Crochet Hook 8 Press Fasteners Length of Elastic   MEASUREMENTS Chest 10 inches. Length of Pullover from top of shoulder ...
  • 18 Inch Doll Dress and Bonnet Knitting Patterns (#N00101) This Knitting Pattern is Perfect for an 18 Inch Doll!  Pattern restored from the 1950’s. MATERIALS 3 ply Fingering Yarn 2 oz. Turquoise (B) and 1 oz. Rose (A) for Dress and Bonnet Two No. 10 Knitting Needles. One Medium Crochet Hook. 5 Press Fasteners. Length of Elastic MEASUREMENTS Chest 10 inches. Length of Dress from top of shoulder 8 ½ inches. This is a paid ...
  • Tips For Cutting Crepe Paper Cutting Crepe Paper for Making Crepe Paper Flowers How to Cut Strips of Crepe Paper When cutting a strip for petals or for wrapping stems, it will be helpful to cut the desired width through the entire fold of crepe paper so as to have ready when needed. How to Cut Crepe Paper Evenly In cutting crepe paper, whether ...
  • How To Stretch Crepe Paper Stretching Crepe Paper When Making Crepe Paper Flowers When making flower petal or leave, stretch the crepe paper slightly before cutting out the pattern. There is a certain amount of stiffness or body in crepe paper which should be stretched out. Do not stretch it to it full capacity, however, as you will want the crepe ...
  • Grains of Crepe Paper What you need to know about Grains of Crepe Paper When Making Crepe Paper Flowers The grain of crepe should always be from point, or top, to the base of a petal or leaf, unless definitely stated otherwise.
  • How to Make Paper Sweet Pea Flowers Image via Wikipedia Making a Sweet Pea Paper Flower – Method 1 We will begin with a flower that we all know and admire for its beauty and daintiness. The Sweet Pea can be copied so perfectly in the bright crepe paper colors that it is not distinguishable from the real flower except ...
  • Decorated Crepe Costume Decorated Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed (adult size) 1 Fold No. 362 Decorated Crepe 1 Fold No. 21 Heliotrope Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 22 Violet Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 23 Purple Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 11 White Crepe Paper This easy costume can be made for virtually any theme. A plain foundation is made. Extra pieces are fastened on each ...
  • Pansy Costume Pansy Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed (6 year old size) 1 Fold No. 23 Purple Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 61 Light Amber Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 22 Violet Crepe Paper Two enlarged flowers are made and fastened, front and back, to a slip-over foundation. The flowers themselves may be reinforced with wire of two thicknesses or the paper ...
  • Thanksgiving Horn of Plenty from Aluminum Foil THANKSGIVING “HORN OF PLENTY” Materials Needed: Aluminum Foil, Standard or Heavy Duty Crinkled foil Rope or Tinsel in Plain Aluminum Color Gold Spray Chicken Wire Form a large cone or horn of chicken wire, turning in the cut edges to make it secure. Use the picture as a guide and make it as large or small as you wish. Line the inside with ...
  • Bird Costume Bird Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed (8 year old size) 3 Folds Crepe Paper color selected for body 1 Fold Crepe Paper color selected for breast 2 Pieces No. 15 Wire 1 Piece N0.3 Gummed Tape The foundation for this costume is cut longer in the back than in the front and shaped to represent the tail. Reinforce the edges with wire. ...
  • Daisy Costume Daisy Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed (14 year old size): 4 Folds No. 46 Leaf Green Crepe Paper 1 Fold No.11 White Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 63 Dark Amber Crepe Paper 1 No. 163 Yellow Festoon 1 Doz. No. 10 Wire Cut green crepe into a fine fringe across the grain of the crepe and sew six or eight thicknesses to ...
  • Apple Tree Costume Apple Tree Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed (14 year old size): 3 Folds No. 41 Apple Green Crepe Paper 3 Folds No. 71 Light Brown Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 952 Decorated Crepe Paper 2 Hanks 1/18 inch Rope G 6 A straight strip of cloth, to which shoulder straps are attached, is used for the foundation of the waist. It ...
  • Carnation Costume Carnation Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed (14 year old size): 6 Folds No. 31 Light Blush Pink Crepe Paper 5 Folds No. 32 Medium Blush Pink Crepe Paper 5 Folds No. 33 Dark Blush Pink Crepe Paper 2 Folds No. 35 Cerise Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 45 Moss Green Crepe Paper 1 1/2 Doz. No. 10 Wire, 1/2Doz. No. 15 Wire The ...
  • Lily Costume Lily Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed: (14 yr. old size) 3 Folds No. 11 White Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 41 Apple Green Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 46 Leaf Green Crepe Paper 1/2 Doz. No.7 Wire 1/2 Doz. No. 10 Wire Make a fringe of light green crepe, about 10 inches deep, cutting the paper with the grain and sew four ...
  • Court Jester Costume Court Jester Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed (adult size) 2 Folds No. 83 Ruby Crepe Paper 1 Fold Crepe Paper each: Nos. 81 Red, 65 Orange, 64 Light Orange, 63 Dark Amber, 61 Light Amber This is another slip-over costume. The foundation extends from neck to waist, front and back. Fringe is fastened to the bottom and above it are ...
  • Butterfly Themed Costume Butterfly Themed Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed (adult sized): 3 Folds No. 51 1/2 Azure Blue Crepe Paper 3 Pieces No. 100 Butterfly Border To a straight foundation are added extra pieces about 12 inches wide from the waist down. These pieces are covered with rows of ruffles and gathered tightly at the top. A panel of crinkled crepe ...
  • Ruffled Costume Ruffled Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed 18 The foundation is made with extra pieces at the sides as described above. The entire skirt is then covered with rows of ruffles. The extra pieces are then gathered and sewed in place at the waist line. Strips of plain color are arranged over the whole as pictured. Before making the Ruffled Costume you may ...
  • Valentine Themed Costume Valentine Themed Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed 16 Four thicknesses of fringe, cut across the grain of the crepe are sewed to a slip­ over foundation at the waist. Four strips of Decorated Border, cut in points at top and bottom, are fastened at the shoulder sand hang straight down, front and back. The headdress is a band of cardboard ...
  • Flower Themed Costume Flower Themed Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed #15 A very simple slip-over costume made as described on the “how to make a slip-over costume” page, becomes very smart by the addition of natural size flowers and large bows. Before making the Flower Themed Costume you may want to read the Basic Instructions for Making Crepe Paper Costumes and How ...
  • Female Pirate Costume Female Pirate Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed (adult size) 6 Fold~ No. 12 Black Crepe Paper 2 Folds No. B W 3 Decorated Crepe Paper I Sheet No. 12 Mat Stock 1 Spool No. 1 Wire The skirt is very full. The best effect can be gained by using two or three ruffled skirts, one above the other. The bodice and ...
  • About Crepe Paper Costumes Crepe paper is the most satisfactory material to use for making all kinds of fancy dress costumes. The variety of beautiful shades in which Crepe Paper is made, its strength and fine texture give it many advantages over cloth materials. Many very spectacular effects can be obtained that could be gained in no other way ...
  • Sweet Pea Costume Sweet Pea Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed (6 year old size): 2 Folds No. 45 Moss Green Crepe.Paper 1 Fold Crepe Paper selected for flowers 1 Spool No.2 Wire The foundation of this costume may be either fringe as pictured or rows of narrow ruffles. Sprays of natural size flowers and an enlarged one for the hat complete it.  You ...
  • Peasant Costume Peasant Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed The peasant costumes of most nations are very similar in design and may be readily adapted to a slip-over. The sleeves are straight ruffles put in as shown in illustration No.3 on the “How to Make Slip-Over Costumes” page and are caught together at the bottom. The vari-colored stripes are cut ...
  • Rose Costume (Slip-Over) Rose Crepe Paper Costume (Slip-Over) Materials Needed # 13 The foundation of this costume differs a bit from a regular slip-over. It is a straight band and the rose petals are sewed in place along one edge. Shoulder straps are sewed in place at the top. The hat is made of double rose petals without any foundation. The petals are ...
  • Miss Springtime Costume Miss Springtime Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed #40 This is a simple frock of delicate pink crepe paper. The skirt is scalloped at the bottom and trimmed with a heavy border of pink blossoms cut from Deco­rated Crepe and pasted in place. Heavy wires wrapped with pink crepe paper bent in shape and covered with the blossoms are ...
  • Halloween Themed Costume Halloween Crepe Paper Costume Materials Needed (adult size): 1 Fold No. 309 Decorated Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 65 Orange Crepe Paper 1 Piece No. 78 Wire 5 No. H 104 Cat Head Cut-outs 1 Piece No.4 Gummed Tape This is a very simple costume and one that may be assembled in a very few minutes. It is just a straight strip ...
  • Duck Costume Duck Crepe Paper Costume materials needed:  (5 yr.size) 3 Folds No. 11 White Crepe Paper 1 Doz. No. 78 Wire 1 Sheet No.3 Mat Stock The Duck crepe paper costume is made over a simple waist that slips on over the head. The tail is made first and sewed to the back of the waist. It is made on a ...
  • How to Make Wings Many kinds of wings are used with crepe paper costumes. Making Feather Wings Feather wings, such as Cupid wings and angel wings, are made on a founda­tion of wire bent in the correct shape, or if they are quite large, the foundation is made of cardboard reinforced with wire. When cardboard is used, cut inthe desired shape ...
  • Making Crepe Paper Hats The foundations for many different kinds of crepe paper hats are close fitting caps. Use a piece of crepe paper from 5 to 10 inches wide and long enough to reach around the head. Paste the two short ends together. Gather the top and fasten tightly with spool wire, leaving sufficient length to make the ...
  • Rose Costume Rose Crepe Paper Costume materials needed (8 year old size): 4 Folds No. 32 Pink Crepe Paper 3 Folds No. 33 Pink Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 46 Leaf Green Crepe Paper 1 Doz. No.9 Wire Cut and curl five large rose petals (see How to Make Crepe Paper Petals), using a double thickness of crepe paper. The same color or ...
  • Hollyhock Costume Hollyhock Crepe Paper Costume materials needed (16 year old size): 2 Folds No. 46 Leaf Green Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 41 Apple Green Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 364 Decorated Crepe Paper 1 Sheet No. 13 Mat Stock The foundation is a plain long waist to which is attached a skirt of fringe. Panels of double crepe fluted on the edges ...
  • Wisteria Costume Wisteria Crepe Paper Costume materials needed (adult size): 3 Folds No. 22 Violet Crepe Paper 3 Folds No. 23 Purple Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 45 Moss Green Crepe Paper 1 Fold No. 71 Tan Crepe Paper The shape of the natural flower is obtained by cutting the foundation in a deep point on one side and covering with twisted petals. ...
  • Daffodil Costume Daffodil Crepe Paper Costume materials needed (16 year old size): 3 Folds No. 61 Light Amber Crepe Paper 3 Folds No. 63 Dark Amber Crepe Paper 2 Folds No. 45 Moss Green Crepe Paper 1 Doz. No. 10 Wire 1/2 Doz. No. 7 Wire 1 Sheet No. 13 Mat Stock The skirt is a plain one slightly gathered at the waist. The bottom ...
  • How to Make Crepe Paper Petals for Costumes Cutting Strips of Petals from Crepe Paper Slip the paper from the packet, mark and cut off the required width. Unfold the strip, stretch slightly, then starting with the two ends together refold until there are eight thick­nesses. Make straight cuts down the required distance apart and round off the sections as necessary. Be sure to ...
  • How to Cut Strips of Crepe Paper Cutting Strips of Plain Crepe Paper To cut a strip of plain crepe paper straight, slip it partly from the packet, measure the desired width, mark, and using the edge of the packet as a guide, cut through the entire thickness. Cutting Strips of Decorated Crepe Paper To cut strips of Decorated Crepe Paper, remove the wrapper, unfold ...
  • How to Make a Fluted Edge With Crepe Paper Making a Fluted Edge with Crepe Paper Hold the edge of the crepe paper between the thumbs and forefingers of both hands, then push away from you with the left thumb and pull forward with the right forefinger. Move the paper a bit and repeat until the whole strip is fluted. The paper may often be fluted ...
  • How to Make Crinkled Crepe Paper How to Make Crinkled Crepe Paper Remove the paper from the packet. Roll round and round a round stick of suitable size  (a broom stick is about the right size). Place the end of the stick against some firm object and push the crepe paper down very hard. Begin near the bottom and push down a ...
  • How to Make Crepe Paper Pompons How to Make Crepe Paper Pompons Pompons may be made of festoons, or pompons strips of crepe paper may be cut and slashed on both edges. Use a strip about two yards long. Gather up into a tight bunch (do not roll it round and round) and twist a piece of spool wire tightly around the ...
  • How To Make Crushed Crepe Paper How to Make Crushed Crepe Paper First stretch.the crepe paper as much as possible, then lay it on a flat surface and take up a small portion in the tips of the fingers of both hands, crushing it tightly. Repeat until the whole piece has been crushed (illustration No.7).
  • How to Make Fringed Crepe Paper How to Make Fringed Crepe Paper Fringed Crepe is made by cutting the crepe paper with the grain for a stiff fringe or across the grain for a soft fringe. For stiff fringe cut a strip of paper through the center fold of’ crepe the width desired for the fringe. Unfold and refold into eight thicknesses. ...
  • How to Wire Crepe Paper Petals and Leaves for Costumes How to Wire Crepe Paper Petals and Leaves Use straight wires, not spool wire, unless the petals are very small. Cut the wires a little longer than the petals to which they are to be attached. Hold about six wires by one end, keeping them out in a flat row rather than in a tight bunch. ...
  • How To Wrap Wires with Crepe for Costumes How to Wrap Wires with Crepe Paper The crepe paper for wrapping wires should be cut through the entire thickness of the fold and doubled through the center lengthwise. This may be done by folding the entire strip before starting to wind the paper around the wire or by folding and winding at the same time. ...
  • Chrysanthemum Costume materials needed (16 year old size): 4 Folds Crepe Paper color selected 2 Folds No. 45 Moss Green Crepe Paper 1/2 Doz. No.7 Wire 1 Spool No. 2 Wire Before making any Crepe Paper Costumes you may want to read the Basic Instructions for Making Crepe Paper Costumes. The skirt is made of rows of pointed petals sewed to a muslin ...
  • How to Make Crepe Paper Costumes There are two ways of making crepe paper costumes; the dress made over a cloth foundation, to which the paper is sewed or pasted, and the “slip-over” model that is made apron style and worn over the regular frock. Complete instructions for making “slip-over costumes” can be found by clicking here. A muslin slip that fits ...
  • How to Make Slip-Over Costumes of Crepe Paper A Slip-Over Costume is what its name implies and is worn over any simple frock. It does not require a muslin foundation; all that is needed for the founda­tion is a straight strip of crepe paper, long enough to reach from the neck, front and back, to the waist line or below. It may be ...
  • Pioneer Silhouette Shadow Pattern The Pioneer man and woman look weary from traveling across the prairie.  She is in a long dress and bonnet.  He is carrying his rifle while wearing a cowboy hat. This silhouette pattern is great for making unique yard art, using in scrap booking, making a stamp or any of a number of uses! Use graph paper ...
  • Make Your Own Cone-Shaped Christmas Tree Many Christmas trees are based on cone shape. To make them, decide on the height you want your homemade Christmas tree to be. The height governs the size of the semi-circle you will have to cut out for your tree (Drawing 1). Tweet About these Make Your Own Christmas Tree Instructions… [Tweet “Make Your Own Cone Shaped ...
  • How to Shorten a Dress From the Waistline Shortening a Dress from Waistline (When Lower Edge Cannot Be Altered) 1.  Determine how many inches you wish to shorten dress.  Measure desired number of inches down from waistline all around skirt and mark with pins.  Baste around marked line. 2. Rip skirt from waist and rip placket from skirt.  Mark waistline on wist with basting.  Mark ...
  • Pony Express Silhouette Shadow Pattern This cowboy on horseback is part of the Pony Express.  Use the entire silhouette as it is or with slight modification you could make it into just a cowboy on horseback. Use this shadow pattern to create unique yard art, for scrap booking, stamp making or any of a number of projects. Click on the image to ...
  • Consumer’s Victory Pledge (1942) The following is from Make and Mend for Victory which was published in 1942 during World War II.  During this time consumers were encouraged to conserve resources – including household goods and clothing. Consumer’s Victory Pledge: “As a consumer, in the total defense of democracy, I will do my part to make my home, my community, my ...
  • Cowboy Shooting Gun Shadow Pattern This cowboy is in the middle of a shoot-out.  He looks like he is hiding behind a trunk of treasure with a jug o’ whiskey sitting in front of it.  Poised and ready to defend his loot, he is aimed directly at the outlaws disturbing the town. This cowboy shadow pattern / silhouette pattern has many ...
  • Tin Can Craft (1940’s) From material cut from discarded one gallon tin cans, an ingenious  craftsman can make many decorative projects such as candle sconces, paper-napkin holders, desk sets and small racks and trays for various purposes. Ideas can be obtained by visiting any well-stocked gift shop. In using tin for this work, no attempt should be made to imitate ...
  • Shaded Baby Blanket Pattern (1950’s)   Shaded Baby Blanket Size : 34 inches square MATERIALS REQUIRED 4 ounces light weight Baby Wool 3 ply (pink or blue) 3 ounces white 1 pair No. 8 needles 1 pair No. 13 wooden needles 1 E crochet hook GAUGE stitches equal 1 inch This blanket is knitted with 2 strands of yarn throughout. Using two strands of pink (or blue) yarn and one of the ...
  • Raglan Baby Sweater Pattern (1950’s) SIZE: 6 months and 1 year MATERIALS REQUIRED 3 ounces 3 ply Baby Wool 1 pair No. 2 needles 1 set No. 2 needles, double pointed 1 steel crochet hook No. 3 GAUGE 8 stitches equal 1 inch This jacket is worked from the neck down. Cast on 98 stitches and work as follows: (NOTE: scroll down for more information about the Baby Knitting ...
  • Make A Pen & Pencil Tray from a Mailing Tube A pen or pencil tray for the desk may be made quickly from a mailing tube of 1″diameter. A tube 10″ long cut in half the long way provides two half-round pieces which can be glued together at the edges to form the tray. End pieces to close the tray are cut from heavy cardboard, ...
  • Playing Card Case To Make (1940’s) A very attractive and permanent case to hold a deck of cards can be made from a small sheet of transparent plastic. The case may be personalized by the application of a jigsawed monogram or a single initial which is cemented to the surface. Making of the case requires the use of a wood form for ...
  • Angel Costume to Make from Crepe Paper Instructions for making Feather-Like Angel Wings and an Angel Costume (robe & halo) – all from Crepe Paper! Perfect for school plays, Halloween Costumes or even dress-up. 2 – PDF files, instant download. Feather-Like Angel Wings & Costume Using Crepe Paper (16 pages) Crepe Paper Costumes 101: Basic Tips for Making Crepe Paper Costumes (28 pages) Are you looking for simpler wings ...
  • Simple Home-Made Oven Makes Plastics Easy to Work(1945’s) To get the full plans and directions for building these Simple Home-Made Oven Makes Plastics to Easy Work CLICK HERE CRAFTSMEN who have had experience with thermoplastics such as Lucite and Plexiglas have learned that these materials can be bent and molded into interesting shapes. When heated, these plastics become as pliable as leather. Heating ...
  • Hot Dish Mats(1945’s) To get the full plans and directions for building these Hot Dish Mats  CLICK HERE MANY a high finish on a dining room table has been ruined by hot dishes. The appearance of cloudy white spots is a fairly certain sign that adequate protection of the finish has been neglected. To prevent further discoloration of ...
  • How to Make a Pinwheel (1900’s) These are easy directions for making a simple pinwheel. You will need: construction paper – approximately 9 inches square (9 in. x 9 in.) a straight stick/branch for the handle a straight pin to hold the pinwheel onto the handle First, make the wheel: Fold the paper diagonally from one corner to another. cut along these diagonals – but DON’T cut through ...
  • Using Rope for Picture Frames & Edging This article gives a few ideas for using rope to bring a rustic or mariene look to your projects. Use the rope for picture framing, on trays, as handles and a number of other items. You could use some decorative cording from the crafts store for this too – which would give your project a totally different ...
  • Doorbell Decorations to Make (1940’s) Make these doorbell decorations to help visitors locate your doorbell. You could make these really fancy by layering several types of metal as mentioned in the plans. Perhaps you could also use these to make decorations for switch plates? Click HERE to get the plans and instructions for the Doorbell Decorations
  • Plant Holders to Make With Your Jigsaw (1940’s) These are really cute. When I get around to getting a new blade for my scroll saw, I just might be making a few of these to decorate my home 🙂 There’s a Peasant Girl, a Chef, a Donkey, a Sail Boat, a Mexican and a bird for flower pot holding.  And there are a few ...
  • Fish Head Pen Holder, Paperweight or Ashtray (1940’s) This is perhaps my oddest “how to” find yet. What a better way to capture your prize catch then by making a pen holder, paperweight or ashtray out of its head! This would make one heck of a conversation piece. It definitely trumps the singing fake fish on the wall 🙂 Step 1: Remove the head from ...
  • How to make Walnut Shell Jewelry (1940’s) These unique pieces of jewelry can be made from black walnut shells. Since they are hard and close-grained they polish nicely and are quite durable. While only a bracelet and necklace are shown here, there are many possibilities for walnut shell jewelry including hat decorations, buttons and pins. choose several nuts of usual shape scrub the shells clean with ...
  • Old Homestead Winter Scene – Model – Centerpiece (1916) This Old Homestead Winter Scene is a great model to make to be used as a really neat centerpiece, a school project, or just for the fun of it! Just make sure if you are making it as a centerpiece that it isn’t so large that there is no room for the food! ...
  • How to Make a Basket Planter (1800’s) This one is pretty neat. It’s not your typical “basket weaving”. Procure a number of straight oak branches about three-quarters of an inch thick, and cut them into about twenty-four lengths, varying from six to twelve inches. To remove the bark, score it from end to end of the sticks, place the sticks in a barrel and ...
  • Make Your Own Watch Band (1940’s) This durable and attractive watchband is easy to make and quite practical. Cut out sections of dural as shown in the sketch. After all the pieces have been cut out and properly trimmed and all sharp edges smoothed down the outside surface of the metal should be highly buffed and polished. The sizes shown are average ...

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Wedge-Shaped In-Between Table Plan(#FP0100)

Make this modern wedge table from the 1940's!  Plans to build a nifty Wedge-Shaped In-Between Table perfect for creating a conversation area in your living room. Easy to make with plywood and veneer on the edges.

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