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For the love of Betsy McCall

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words.

betsy mccall paper dolls

Sonia and Zoe have gotten into cutting out paper dolls this year, mostly from Betsy McCall.   They seem to derive about 95% of the pleasure from cutting them out, because they don’t actually play with them a lot!

But hey, it’s good scissors practice.   😉

(Zoe is wearing a Mini Boden shirt from my Schoola order, by the way.)

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Elizabeth

Wednesday 28th of January 2015

What site have you been using to print the dolls out? Are you printing them on cardstock? My 5yo daughter has been begging for paper dolls and I remembered you posting about these. I found one site that seems to work but used plain printer paper and the dolls are very fragile. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks!

Kristen

Wednesday 28th of January 2015

Cardstock is a great idea but I didn't think of that! It would make them way more sturdy. We had just used plain printer paper and they were a bit flimsy (but printer paper is a little easier to cut out.)

Vicky Davis

Friday 21st of November 2014

So funny. This is a sign. I was just thinking about these this week. Saw a cute craft for magnetic paper dolls in a small tin, such as gift card holders. I was thinking of using something like altoid tins. I have some of those paper doll pages put up somewhere in my vast hoard of keepsake idea pages torn from magazines. Now I will definitely have to look for them.

Kristen

Saturday 22nd of November 2014

Or print them out online if you can't find your originals!

Rose

Thursday 20th of November 2014

My sisters and I use to cut out and play with paper dolls ALL the time!! We would even cut furniture and extra clothes out of the sears and Montgomery ward catalogs!! So many fun memories! Alas.. I had no little girls and so far only grandsons!!

janknitz

Thursday 20th of November 2014

I LOVED Betsy McCall when I was a kid. I would wait eagerly for the McCall's magazine, and then my mom had to approve me cutting them out because she wanted to read the magazine first. That was back in the days when there were real articles in magazines, not just page after page of ads you pay for.

How cool is that that she is still "around" online? Alas my girls were not into dolls, and now they are too old. Sigh . . .

Kristen

Thursday 20th of November 2014

My girls haven't been into dolls (aside from paper ones) either! They play with their stuffed animals and Calico Critters in very doll-like ways, but actual dolls have not been their favorite thing.

Sloan

Thursday 20th of November 2014

Oh. My. Gosh! I used to play with my mom's Betsy McCall Fashion Designer ALL THE TIME when I was a kid! It had the back light and you could trace different skirts and tops. I mostly just made outfits because I didn't really play with paper dolls either. Oh, you are bringing back such great memories!

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