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All Kids Should Have a Rag Doll
Easy Rag Dolls for Children
This story is all about my lovely 70 year old Rag Doll and how my mom made this homemade rag doll.
I think these dolls made out of old rags are the most heart warming and precious friend a child can have. My mom used to make rag dolls for us when we were young and up till this very day I still have mine. I don't know exactly when she was made, but I think it must have been shortly after World War II, because I was born in 1944.
I used to tell her all my secrets and she was a great listener. Rag Dolls are easy to make and below you'll find some videos on how to make your own rag doll.
This rag doll has a warm place in my heart and every time I look at her (she's sitting in my bedroom), I know there's still this little girl inside me, who loves rag dolls and want to share her secrets with them.
My Mom Made Me a Pretty Doll
Just after WW2 there was no money to buy toys and certainly not fancy dolls. My Mom was a very handy crafts woman, she could make something from nothing. She collected every bit of fabric she could lay her hands on and even old clothing she turned into new ones for me and my two sisters.
She made dolls for all of us and I've kept mine all my life.
You Decide How Small or How Tall the Doll Will Be
I could draw a pattern of my ragdoll, but it would be useless because I have no possibility for you to download it. However there are lots of patterns for Ragdolls available on the internet that you can use.
My doll has a total length of 42cm (16.54")
Her arms are 15cm (5.91")
Her legs are 18cm (7.09")
Her body length is 15cm (5.91")
You can decide for yourself how tall or how small the doll is going to be.
This Is How My Mom Made the Head and Face of My Doll
Rag Dolls Are Precious
Have You Ever Owned a Homemade Rag Doll?
A Little Tribute to My Ragdoll, She Deserves It
She knows the secrets, I long forgot,
the memories of my early childhood.
Her smile still brightens some of my days,
she's an elderly lady now, still looking good.
Her hair not changed, dark walnut look,
while mine is laced with grey
and though she's not always on my mind,
I know she's here to stay.
She was my friend and she still is,
made out of rags, by Mom.
Just after War, the second one,
so I know where she is coming from.
I didn't want her to be lonely,
got her some bears for company.
They're sitting in my bedroom corner,
Seventy years she's been watching me.
Ragdolls Are All About Love
You Can Easily Make Your Own - You Child Will Love It
Making a rag doll for your child has nothing to do with not having enough money to buy a fancy doll.
Making a rag doll has to do with Love. It's a personal gift and you can give it its own personality. You can even make a rag doll WITH your child and you could both put all your love into this doll.
Remember....your rag doll might outlive you, but it will never lose the love you gave it, when you created it.
You Need Love
All you need for your own stuffed toy is:
* needle and thread
and a little smile on your face
Rag Dolls are Fun
Stuffed Dolls Are the Best Friends for Kids
She Knows the Secrets of My Heart
My Mom had made me a doll that was stuffed,
no hands or feet and her belly looked puffed,
but her eyes were nice and her mouth was smiling,
on her trust and faith, I was always relying.
But through the years, when I was growing,
I took her lesser where I was going
and one day I just completely forgot,
about this doll, which 'round Wartime I got.
But then, it must be some twenty years ago,
Mom moved to an elderly home you know.
My sisters and I had to clean up the house,
where she had lived with us and her spouse.
It was then that I stumbled upon my old doll,
my Mom always kept it in good order and all,
along with the bears of a later date
and I only could think, it must've been fate.
I took them home and will never again part,
from the toys of my youth, the joys of my heart.
They're sitting together and watch me grow old,
the story of my stuffed toy has now been told.
Stuffed Doll Collectors Items
Collector's Items - the Golliwogg Books
The "Golliwog or Golliwogg" is a black male character created by Florence Kate Upton in her children's books in the late 19th century. doll made its entrance in the late 19th century. He looked like a ragdoll type and was very popular in the 1960s in the USA as well as in Europe and Australia. It was reproduced by commercial and hobby toy makers and it had a very black skin, white rimmed eyes, clown lips and frizzy hair.
The golliwogg was generally a male doll, though it's known that there were home made female dolls too. Being a male doll, it was considered a suitable toy for young boys.
Due to its appearance, this doll has been the subject of heated debates, whether it should be preserved a cultural artifact or whether it should be retired as a relic of a time when racism against African descents was blatant. Due to the perception of racism, the popularity of the Golliwogg doll has been reduced. They were either taken out of production or their name was changed.
Due to the fact that the word 'wog' was and still is an abusive word, the name "Golly Doll" became more popular.