Sock Dolls or Great Depression Dolls go way back. Handmade sock dolls are unique and usually inexpensive dolls to make. I wanted to know where my Great Grandma found the pattern that she used to make our family’s own old fashioned “Sock Dolls”. Reflecting on the special gift she made and gave to each of us as children, the Sock dolls were handmade dolls that were something special to have, hold and pass down to our children. I needed to find the pattern that Great Grandma used in hopes of making more dolls to give to the newest generation of children and restore a family tradition. I turned to my Aunt Joyce for advice. She freely gave me everything she knew, and so I began my treasure hunt.
My Great Grandma never sewed really but one day she saw a pattern she just had to have. It appeared in a 1952 issue of “Seventeen Magazine”. The magazine was inviting readers to participate in a Christmas Doll making contest to end on Dec 5th 1952. It was being advertised as a contest for the best doll. Around the holidays so with so many having hard times, this was a way that people could give back to the community it so loved and make a child happy on Christmas. Stores across the nation participated. To the left below was my first attempt at sewing a sock doll. It didn’t really look near as nice as Great Grandmas did but it is loved all the same. Enjoy clippings and pictures about the contest and judges, and enjoy this stroll down “life in the past lane” and the pattern too!
I was able to find this kit on Etsy after many months of searching. It didn’t have the original box but it did have everything else pictured. I’m so very happy to have found it! Sock doll patterns vary.
Photos from 1952 Seventeen Magazine Sock Doll Contest