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March 20, 2010

Vintage Crafty Saturday – FREE Vintage Joan Russell Alice In Wonderland Doll Patterns

I thought this was a particularly appropriate pattern to feature since Tom and I are going to see the new Alice In Wonderland movie this weekend!  I stumbled across this issue of Woman’s Day from Nov. 1965 a few months ago in a thrift shop.  I was more than happy to pay the 10 cents for this baby! 

These Alice In Wonderland dolls are designed by Joan Russell, who did a lot of doll and softie animal patterns for Woman’s Day.  They are all collected into a book that was published in 1975 called The Woman’s Day Book of Stuffed Toys and Dolls, which goes for the bargain price of $250 on Amazon and Half.com. Seriously. If you are lucky, you can find it on Ebay for significantly less, sometimes 10 or 20 bucks. 

However, I am posting the patterns here for Alice and her friends for free, because I love you guys.  The only catch is you have to enlarge them, but even if you don’t make dolls or softies they are still great eye candy!


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5 Responses to Vintage Crafty Saturday – FREE Vintage Joan Russell Alice In Wonderland Doll Patterns

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    March 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Love, Love, Love Alice In Wonderland, these patterns look really cute! Let me know what you think of the movie. I really want to see it too, but only if it’s really worth it.

  2. Mellora Reply

    March 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I found a copy of the same magazine! I found the November issues of Woman’s Day from 2 other years one with cat plushies and another with animals. I am so happy to have these patterns and can’t wait to make them. I was so inspired by the movie too, what a classic article, the patterns haven’t aged a bit and neither has the book. Although I’m a Tim Burton fan, I thought the movie was only so-so.

  3. RetroRuth Reply

    March 30, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Hey guys!

    We didn’t end up seeing the movie, so I am sad to hear the movie is only so-so. 🙁 Ah well. Glad you think they are cute, Sarah. Welcome Mellora, and I got that mag with the cat plushes too!

  4. Carol Reply

    December 19, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Thank you so much for sharing these patterns! My mother made these dolls for my siblings and me for Christmas when we were very young. All are lost now but I’ve always wanted to recreate them.
    My daughter and I watched the Tim Burton “Alice in Wonderland” today and it motivated me to search again for the patterns.

  5. Karen Beigh Reply

    March 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Oh, my. I used to have this magazine……back when it was published. I made the White Rabbit for a gift. Lots of work but it was cute.

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