Toilet Roll Doll: Restore and Repurpose Dolls

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I remember these from my Grandmother's house, in the bathroom. She knitted her own from patterns that have disappeared along with most of her stuff after her death years ago. I don't know how to knit (I learned to crochet on my own) but it would have been nice to have some of her old knitting patterns. Sometimes I see interesting or unusual patterns in the thrift store but I don't buy them. I don't knit after all.

I have yet to see a vintage pattern for those old toilet roll cover dolls. That's how I started writing about them today. I'm seeing what I can turn up online.

I can find an endless supply of the little dolls at thrift stores. They are abandoned by children everywhere, so it would be a good way to recycle/ repurpose some of them. You can pick and choose from weird blue hair colour to a weird blue skin colour and the standard human shades of brown colours too. The only thing that matters about the doll is her height and width. She can't stand too tall and tip over inside the toilet roll. She also needs to be the right width to fit through the centre of the cardboard roll from about the waist down. Mainly her legs need to be inside the roll as the skirt of her dress covers the toilet paper roll - that leaves her above the roll from the waist up.

I guess you could properly call them toilet roll cosies, or toilet roll toppers too. I never found out what my Grandmother actually called hers. I always enjoyed seeing them though. She never made one for me, that I can remember. Maybe she just thought they weren't really anything special. But, they were.

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sharon 16 months ago

I am looking for somewhere to buy the dolls. Can you help me please. Many thanks Shaz


Mrs blake 18 months ago

where can I buy the dolls


michele smith 20 months ago

You can convert knitting patterns to crochet patterns they have conversion charts I've not tried it before


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That Grrl 3 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada Author

There are several patterns listed in the post above. Free patterns.


luke 3 years ago

The stiches you talking about is not understood and we want patterns not only pictures


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That Grrl 3 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada Author

@PegKnits - It could go either way with the legs. If the doll had legs they were handy to stick through the centre of the toilet roll. If there weren't legs the skirt would have to be a tighter fit to keep the doll from falling off.


PegKnits 3 years ago

As I remember, these dolls had not legs to worry about- they were just the top 1/2 of a doll.

Glad someone appreciates them. It's a lost art that can stay lost for me.


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That Grrl 3 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada Author

That's when I used to see them too. Pretty rare now, but they are still out there.


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DommaLeigh 3 years ago

oh my god I haven't seen one of those since I was a child!


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That Grrl 3 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada Author

Funny how seldom I see them now. They were such a cute idea.


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Better Living 3 years ago

lol...I love those old bathroom companions. ;)


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That Grrl 3 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada Author

It's amazing what you can find when you get looking for something unique and interesting.


kerrie 3 years ago

They look useful I loved them eating chocolate it was halareus :-)

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