While I was visiting my mom last weekend, she thought I’d enjoy looking at her copy, which she shared with her younger sister, of McCall’s “Giant Golden Make-It Book.” Published in 1953, the book was a go-to source for children when they wanted to craft, learn crafting skills, or simply find something fun to do on a Saturday afternoon. From simple sewing to baking basics, the book covers it all. My mom’s copy is worn from hours upon hours of use, but I don’t think I’d have it any other way.
I’ve posted two more photos here, but you can see even more from the book over on Flickr.

  • Terri

    Wow! I haven’t seen this in a long time. We had this book at home (it was a hand-me-down that had already seen a lot of use). I loved it!

  • Kim

    This is just fantastic! Love the party favor page shown in the Flickr photos.

  • Stefanie

    I have this book! I don’t know where my mom got it (thrift store probably) when we were kids. It’s now in the pile of books to be transferred to my house when baby arrives.

  • Ohhh Snap

    I got this book in the 60’s and I spent hours pouring over how to make stuff. It ignited the fire in my little crafty heart :D

  • Anneliese

    How adorable! I wish I had a copy. Maybe eBay?

  • Carol Barclay

    I had it too! and my sister and I had lots of fun with it. We would take a bus to the public library and borrow lots of other “make-it” books too. Thanks for evoking lovely memories!