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Do-It-Yourself Cabbage Patch Doll
People paid as much as $3,000 apiece for Cabbage Patch dolls this past holiday season and customers mobbed stores every time a new shipment of the unusual dolls arrived on the shelves.
Just before Christmas, Marty Burns-Wolfe, a news anchor and home economics specialist at WTCN television station in Minneapolis, Minn., broadcast a report on a look-alike version of the Cabbage Patch doll that she developed.
During her report, a pattern for the doll was flashed on the screen for listeners to trace and free plans were offered by mail. Since at the time there were only a few days left before Christmas, the station decided to run large 2-page advertisements in local papers so everyone interested could get the information and patterns in time to make a doll before Christmas.
Wolfe's doll is made with common sewing materials and is designed like factory-made Cabbage Patch dolls so that every doll is unique with its own individual facial expressions. Wolfe suggests that, like the Cabbage Patch dolls, people draw up their own "adoption papers" for dolls they plan to give to children.
"Anyone can follow the step-by-step instructions to make their own doll. We suggest people get a picture of a Cabbage Patch doll from one of the many magazines where it has been featured recently and follow the photo in forming their own doll's face," Wolfe told FARM SHOW.
For patterns and complete do-it-yourself instructions, contact: Doll Pattern, FARM SHOW Magazine, P.O. Box 704, Lakeville, Minn. 55044.

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #1