Vintage Craft Books: "Gifts to Make Yourself"

Beanbag characters
What little girl wouldn't love her own bed-sized stuffed lion?


Hand puppets

I really wish I could crochet. Look at those ear muffs!

Macrame will be the new fashion trend. Make note: I predicted it first!

Flower pot would be cute in a kids/craft room. Love the elephant circus pillow.

Close up of elephant pillow.

Book cover.

I love and collect vintage craft books. I'm generally not a fan of anything produced in the 1970's... all those wood burning craft plaques and macrame just reeks of rec room shag rugs, wood panelling and pleather recliners. This Better Homes and Gardens book, Gifts to Make Yourself (1972) has some cute ideas, though, specially for children. I love the the elephant pillow! You could use a pre-made pillow, cut/sew the cage from felt, make the elephant softie and place it in the cage. A pillow and a toy combo? Way better than a pillow pet! My kids would have so much fun destroying it!

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