Vintage Holly Hobbie decor & toys from the ’70s & ’80s

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Who is Holly Hobbie?

Toys, activities, furnishings and other collectibles featuring Holly Hobbie

“American Greeting Card Company deserves kudos for creating lovable Holly Hobbie, originally a greeting card ‘character’ who has now been really put to work in a line of Christmas card originals, paper party goods, gift wrap, decoupage kits, wall plaques, figurines, collector plates and more.”  – Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), December 3, 1973

“Over-abundant bonnets, high-topped shoes and aprons are common trademarks of Holly Hobbie’s nostalgic characters. Her rural New England background is prominent in the old-fashioned appeal of her art. Educated at Pratt Institue of Aret, she is married to a college professor and has two daughters, a son, and a large orange cat which pops up from time to time in her drawings.”  – Florida Today (Cocoa, Florida), March 7, 1974

“Holly Hobbie is the character that decorates so many American Greetings cards. She’s the old-fashioned girl dressed in calico with lace-up boots and an enormous sunbonnet. Her bonnet is so large that her face is usually completely hidden by it.”  – The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee), December 7, 1978


30+ vintage Holly Hobbie toys and activities from the seventies & eighties

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Sew a Holly Hobbie

Who doesn’t love a little lass in calico? This sweet wall hanging and old-time outfit are easy-do Holly Hobbie patterns from Simplicity.

Here’s the charming miss you’ve seen on so many greeting cards and gift wraps. Stitch up her demure dress and apron (as shown, or in shorter length) and poke bonnet for a special little girl. Or applique the 26-by-35-inch wall hanging, using fabric remnants. The two patterns are $1 each at Simplicity counters.


Holly Hobbie stuffed doll sewing pattern (1973)

Simplicity pattern 6006


Holly Hobbie embroidery (1973)

Simplicity pattern 6005

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