“Made to be Loved” was a leaflet published by Coats & Clark in 1955. We thought it would be a great “Then and Now” project for February as we are celebrating “Make It for Others”. These soft durable dolls could be donated to shelters, hospitals or law enforcement agencies that provide stuffed toys to children in traumatic situations.
We asked sewing instructor and one of our contributing authors, Elizabeth Hill to make the original doll and to create an updated version that would take less time to construct. We were surprised and delighted to learn that Elizabeth’s grandmother had actually made these doll’s from the leaflet in the early 70’s. Here is a picture of Elizabeth’s dolls. The clothes were all sewn by hand and the dolls were sewn by machine.
We have selected the “girl” doll named “Betty Ann” to share, but you can make them your own by varying the yarn color for the hair and the fabric for the doll body. The clothing patterns include the blouse, skirt, sundress, jacket, shoes and panties.
About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.