1950's Pocketbook 18" Doll Accessory Pattern

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Although the term was coined in the 1600s, a "pocketbook" was what ladies in the 1950s, and even into the 1960s, called their purse. It held all of their essentials: a compact with a mirror, red lipstick, a comb, handkerchief, wallet and keys. Young girls also carried miniature versions of their mother's pocketbook because it made them feel grown up.

The Flossie Potter "1950s Pocketbook" is just the right size for 18" dolls such as American Girl(R). Its accordion pleated sides allow the pocketbook to open wide so your doll can access her essentials.

Add these other Flossie Potter patterns to your 1950s collection:
"Little '50s Dress" (with BONUS lace gloves)
"Joni's Uptown Dress"
"Becka's Dress"
"Little '50s Swing Coat"
"Tuscan Winter Set" (hat and mittens)

This PDF sewing pattern has 11 pages of step-by-step instructions with full-color illustrations, 3 pages of summary instructions (to save on printer ink!), and 1 page of full-size pattern pieces to help you create your own pocketbook.

Recommended Fabrics: light-weight upholstery fabric, lining fabric

Supplies Needed:

  • Upholstery fabric (light weight, preferably with a woven pattern)
  • Lining fabric
  • Stiff felt
  • Iron-on interfacing (light weight)


  • D-rings (two, 1¼")
  • Small snap (1set)
  • Clear hair elastic band


  • Pinking shears (helpful)
  • Zipper foot
  • Turning tool (helpful)
  • Hand needle
  • Iron 

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 15 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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Karen K.
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Fantastic pattern

I love buying all of the Pixie Faire patterns