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Toilet Roll Doll: Restore and Repurpose Dolls
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.
Free Patterns for Toilet Paper Doll Cosies (and Plainer Cosies)
- The Vintage Knitting Lady (Scroll down)
- Toilet Paper Doll Cover: Crochetnmore.com
- Toilet Tissue Cover Crochet Pattern - Crochetnmore.com
- How to Crochet Toilet Tissue Covers Made With Dolls | eHow.com
- Toilet Paper Roll Crocheted Christmas Crafts | eHow.com
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- Toilet Tissue Toppers
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- Crafty Kate Going Crazy: Simple Toilet Paper Roll Cover Crochet Pattern