July 27, 2022

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How To Make A 1774 Copybook For Dolls

Are you ready for the second tutorial showing you how to make school supplies for historical dolls such as Felicity Merriman? A girl in the 18th century would not have had notebooks of lined paper to do all her writing on. She was provided with a copybook, which was a small bound book of paper. For our copybook, we are going to use some pretty paper Felicity would like, then we get to write in it ourselves!

To see the first tutorial in this series, The Inkwell, click HERE.

Supplies Needed:

  • Pretty card stock paper
  • Ivory colored computer paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Black pen
  • Sewing machine and thread

 

Step 1:  Cut out your card stock and ivory paper. We decided we wanted our finished copybooks to be about 3 inches tall and 2 inches wide, so we cut our paper into pieces about 3.25 by 4 inches. It certainly doesn’t have to be exact. We cut three pieces of ivory paper and just one of our pretty outside paper. 

 

Step 2:  Stack up your papers and fold them down the middle. Open back up, and using that fold as a guide, sew down the middle of your papers. Use a heavier duty needle and a 2.7 stitch length, and backstitch at the beginning and the end. 

 

 

Step 3:  Close your book up again, and now use your scissors to trim it to size. We are doing this now instead of as a first step because the paper lays differently once it is sewn together. Trim the top, bottom, and side to your desired measurement, and cut in curved corners as you do. 

 

Step 4:  Now use your black marker to write in your copybook! Make sure to include some scratched out mistakes – girls in Felicity’s time couldn’t use erasers like we do now! A few ideas for things to write are a bible verse, a quote, or practice writing an invitation to tea. Felicity also doodled pictures of horses when she should have been practicing her penmanship!

And that’s it! This craft is easy and fun and a great way to make lots of little quick books for your dolls. 

@forofsuch, for Pixie Faire

 

 


16 Comments

Deb F
Deb F

September 16, 2022

Adorable. I will be making this and the inkwell for my 2 little grands and their historical AG dolls. Thank you!

Debra
Debra

September 11, 2022

This will make a lovely little cookbook

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September 01, 2022

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Abby
Abby

August 02, 2022

Where did you get the ivory colour paper

Carol JB
Carol JB

July 29, 2022

Love little books and I love history. Thanks for the great tutorial .

Denise Darby
Denise Darby

July 28, 2022

This is an adorable idea. Looks like fun to make. Thank you for sharing this great idea!

Fran R
Fran R

July 28, 2022

I love books and my dolls do too. Thank you for this easy way for them to have many.

Fran R
Fran R

July 28, 2022

I love books and my dolls do too. Thank you for this easy way for them to have many.

Marie
Marie

July 27, 2022

I love little books! I have collected a lot some are the magazines from American Girl Magazine has a small magazine to cut out and assemble!! I have been waiting to make some books and I just got a new printer to and can do that now!!

Elaine
Elaine

July 27, 2022

Thank you so much for this Wonderful Colonial Tutorial for our Felicity dolls. My daughter in law is going to love this when I make it for her. Thank you again.

Marybeth
Marybeth

July 27, 2022

Cute and easy project!

Maureen
Maureen

July 27, 2022

Thank you, such fun!!

Helena
Helena

July 27, 2022

Thank you!

MonicaAD
MonicaAD

July 27, 2022

Thanks!!! Loving this … FIESTA :)

Patricia
Patricia

July 27, 2022

Really great tutorial

Patricia
Patricia

July 27, 2022

Really great tutorial

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