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Free doll patterns

These are free patterns for personal use. If you would like to feature them on your own website, you MUST include my copyright with the patterns. (In other words, be considerate. Please don’t remove my copyright and claim you created the patterns, yourself.) Also, these were designed to print on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. They’re …

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History of Paper Dolls – Part Two

Note: This is the second part of a two-part article tracing the history of paper dolls.¬† Click here to read the first part. 20th century paper dolls In the 20th century, other magazines followed this trend, including Ladies’ Home Journal¬† (Sheila Young’s “Lettie Lane”), Pictorial Review (Grace Drayton’s “Dolly Dingle”), Good Housekeeping (Sheila Young’s “Polly …

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History of Paper Dolls – Part One

Today’s paper dolls evolved from the development of paper, ceremonial and performance figures, and dressmakers’ fashion dolls. General history Paper was invented in China around 105 C.E. by Ts’ai-Lin, a courtier from Lei-yang. Although the word ‘paper’ is derived from ‘papyrus’, this early paper was not a papyrus product. With paper’s development in nearby China, …

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