Historic Folk Toys: Craft, 'Pocket Folk Doll Kit'
Our Pocket Folk Doll Kit includes muslin for two doll bodies, two different fabrics for the dresses, sewing needle, embroidery floss, stuffing for the bodies, instructions, and history. These sweet dolls are fun to make and perfect for two young hands! The dolls measure 3-1/4 inches tall when finished. This kit could serve as a sewing project for a young girl, a new mother, any crafter, or a folk doll collector. Each doll will be unique and can be played with as a toy, worn on a coat, set in a wreath, or placed on a mantle for decoration. Whatever their ultimate use, they may be a prized possession in the future.
Historical Background: The pocket folk doll belongs to a group of dolls known as "rag dolls" or "cloth dolls." The simple pattern used is called a "pancake style pattern" because it is flat on both sides. The miniature doll may have first been made as a baby for a larger doll or just because the materials at hand would only make a small doll. The history of dolls dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times. Many dolls were just playthings for girls, but some dolls had religious significance. Cloth dolls can probably be traced to when woven cloth was invented, but none exists today because fabric disintegrates over time.
Miniature dolls were made for dollhouses that date back to the 1500s. There are records from the 1800s showing that many dollhouses came from Germany. Some of the earliest miniature dolls were made from wood or wax. Later, they became more elaborate and were made from glazed china and bisque.
PACKAGE DIMENSIONS - 4.25 x 5.5 x 0.5"