US 1354331 A
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. H. NELKE. METHOD OF FORMING DO LLS FROM TUBULAR BLANKS.
APPLICATION FILED FEB- 7, I920- Patented Sept. 28, 1920.
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METHOD OF FORMING DOLLS FROM TUBULAR BLANKS.
APPLICATION FILED FEB. 7. 1920.
1,354,331, I PatentedSept. 28,1920.
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
METHOD OF FORMING DOLLS FROM TUBULAR BLANKS.
Application filed February '7, 1920.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, HARRY NELKE, a citizen of the United States, residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have invented Methods of Forming Dolls from Tubular Blanks, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to dolls, and the object of my invention is to provide a novel method of forming dolls from tubular blanks, such as, for example, the tubular blanks used for stockings and the like.
In the attached drawings:
Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, are views showing successive steps in the formation of the doll and the details;
Fig. 7 is a perspective view of a doll made in accordance with my invention;
Fig. 8, is a view illustrating the preferred method of cutting the blank, and
r Fig. 9, is a view of a modified form of the doll.
With reference to the drawings, Fig. 2, shows a tubular blank 1 of material, knitted in the present instance, from which my doll is formed. As the first step in the operation, I may cut a lateral slit 2 in the blank intermediate the ends thereof. The slit 2 may be of any length desired and may be located at any point intermediate the ends of the blank, but in the present instance I show the slit substantially equal in length to one-half the circumference of the blank and locates at a distance from one end of the blank approximately equal to one-fourth the length of the blank, this length and position of the slit having been found suitable.
I may now form the legs of the doll by cutting from the lower end of the blank '1, which is laid flat with the slit2 centered in one face thereof, a substantially V- shaped section 4, said section extending longitudinally upward from the lower edge. The severed edges of the material are then stitched together along the sides and bottoms of the thus formed leg elements, thereby closing completely the lower end of the blank. The legs may be formed by cutting away sections of different shape than the section 4, or in fact by merely slitting the blank longitudinally from the lower edge to a point which represents the crotch of the legs.
To the edge of the slit 2, I now attach a face piece 3. This face piece consists, in the present instance, of a rectan ular piece of material, one edge of which I have shown Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Sept. 28, 1920.
Serial No. 356.857.
sewed to the lower or inner edge 2 of the slit 2. Substantially the same result may be accomplished by attaching the face piece to the outer edge of the slit 2. It is desirable, where knitted material is employed in the blank, to stitch the cut edges of the slit,
and in such instance the face piece may be attached in this'same stitching operation.
The upper edges of the blank may now be stitched together, and in order to give a rounded effect to the head, the corners 1 and 1 may be cut away, as shown. The tubular body portion is now closed at both ends, and the slit 2 alone gives access to the interior.
I preferably form each of the arms from two similar fiat pieces of material 5, of the general shape shown in Fig. 4, the two pieces in each case being stitched together around the edges with the exception of the end edges 5 The arm members thus formed are first stuffed with cotton or other suit- .able substance, and are then secured to the body blank along the edges 5. Preferably, a short slit 6 is formed in each side of the body portion through which the edges 5 of the arm elements may be inserted, and the arms may thus be secured to the body by stitching on the inside, a very neat effect being obtained; or the edges of the arm elemcnt may merely be pinched between the sides of a tuck in the body portion, in which case the necessity for the'slit 6 is avoided. It has also been found to add greatly to the general appearance of the doll to take a lateral tuck 7 in the body blank at a point slightly above the crotch, as shown in Fig. 1.
The body and legs of the doll may now be stuffed with cotton or other suitable material through the slit 2, and when the whole has been sufliciently stuffed, including the top portion, the face piece 8 is turned upwardlyand the free end thereof inserted under the upper edge of the slit and beneath the front of the top portion of the blank, the face piece in this position closing the opening formed by the slit 2.- It will be found that the portion of the blank above the slit 2 forms a natural hood for the doll, while suflicient of the piece 3 is exposed to represent the face of the doll. The upper and end edges of the slit 2 may now be stitched to the face piece to prevent the latter being withdrawn from the hood and the stufling being lost, and features may be printed, painted or otherwise marked upon the said face piece either before or after it is secured in position. A collar band or ribbon 8, placed around the doll and suitably attached, is drawn tight to form the neck. 7
Where the doll is manufactured in large quantities, it is preferable that the tubular blank be cut in the manner indicated in Fig. 8. By laying the blank flat and using knives or dies shaped to accord with the necessary cuts, all of the said cuts may be made in one continuous operation without moving the blank from the flat position. In other words, the portion 9 may be cut fromthe top, the slit 2 formed, and the portions 10 and 11 cut away at the bottom by three or four strokes of the knives or dies, and when the blank is refolded to bring the slit 2 into one face of the blank, as in Figs. 2 and 8, it will be found that the blank has substantially the identical shape shown in the Figs.
It is, of course, unnecessary .to form the leg members, and the lower portion may be left whole and the lower edges joined so that a skirt is represented. Or, if desired, gussets '12 and 13, Fig. 9, may be attached to give a flare to the skirt. The doll is subject to many modifications with no departure from the essential features of the invention.
The doll is an extremely simple one to manufacture, and is durable and attractive.
1; The method of forming a doll from a tubular blank,which comprises forming an opening in the side thereof, closing the open ends of said blank, stuffing the blank with a filler, and securing a face piece across said opening to close the same, substantiallyas described.
'2. The method-of forming a den from a tubular blank, which comprises slitting said.
blank transversely around a portion of the circumference thereof, attaching a flap to one edge of said slit, uniting the upper and lower edges of said blank, stuffing the blank with a filler, and turning the free end of said flap under the free edge of said slit to close the opening made thereby.
3. The method of forming a doll from a tubular blank, which comprises slitting said blank transversely around a portion of the circumference thereof, attaching a flap to "ing the'blank with a filler, and turning the free end of said flap under the free edge of the slit to close the opening formed thereby.
4-.T he method of forming a doll from a tubular blank, which comprises slitting said blank transversely around a portion of the circumference thereof, attaching a flap to one edge of said slit, cutting portions from the lower portion of the blank to form leg members, forming a tuck extending around the blank at a point near the crotch of said le s, uniting theinner edges and bottoms of said leg members, rounding off the upper end ofthe blank, uniting the uppercurved edges of the blank, attaching arm members to the sides of the body, stufling the blank with .a filler, turning the free'end of the said flap under the free edge of the slit to close the opening formed thereby, and stitching the said free edge of the slit to the flap.
5. The method of'forming a doll from a head, cutting away portions at each side of the bottom of the blank to form legs, and
cutting a transverse slit at one side to pro vide an opening intermediate the ends of the blank for the reception of a face element.
6. As. an article of manufacture, a form for stuffed dolls comprising a hollow body member having an opening intermediate the ends thereof through which'a filler may be' stuffed, and a" flap having a face depicted thereon attached to the body portion at one side of said opening and adapted to be in sorted underthe edges thereof to close the said opening. V J
7. A dollicomprising a stuffed body member having an opening intermediate the ends thereof, and a flap of material having a face depicted thereon disposed across said opening to close the same, substantially as described. a