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April 30, 2013

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Gifts You Can Sew Edition


When I first picked up Gifts You Can Sew from 1942, I was expecting a treasure trove of hilarious monstrosities you wouldn’t want to gift to your worst enemy, based on the…the…sweet mother, what is that thing she’s making there on the cover anyway?? And it is definitely true that the section for kids toys was truly hideous:


But I was pleasantly surprised by the rest of the magazine!

For example, I would definitely consider making the quilted bags for delicates or the heart sachet for someone:


And what crafty vintage loving lady worth her salt wouldn’t be thrilled to get one of these project bags?


Speaking of bags, the city I live in has recently banned plastic bags and one of these crocheted shopping bags that promises to fold down to almost nothing is now in my “must make queue.”


And lastly, while I don’t know any deployed soldiers, how great are these manly items? If you did know a soldier, I’m sure he wouldn’t be embarrassed by these homemade gifts at all!


So while I was initially disappointed not to feast my eyes on pages upon pages of kitschtastic and terrifying gift ideas, the cute projects I did find more than made up for it.

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3 Responses to This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Gifts You Can Sew Edition

  1. Andrea Reply

    April 30, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Does that fish on the kids page have a furry mane?? LOL I do find that project mags from the 30s/40s/50s are not nearly as kitsch-tastic as the ones from the 60s/70s

  2. veg-o-matic Reply

    April 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I think it’s a mohawk.

    • RetroRuth Reply

      April 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      It looks like a mohawk/goatee combo!

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