ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My Mom Made a Rag Doll

Updated on January 10, 2018
Titia profile image

Titia is interested in photography, poetry, family, art, dogs, cats, insects, wildlife, history, war, camping, writing, and the environment.


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 no fancy dolls. My Mom was a very handy crafts woman, she could make something from nothing so to speak. 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.

Rag Doll
Rag Doll | Source

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")

I'll show you all the details of my rag doll and then you can decide for yourself how tall or how small your doll is going to be.

Rag Doll Head
Rag Doll Head | Source
Rag Doll Hair
Rag Doll Hair | Source
Rag Doll's eyes
Rag Doll's eyes | Source
Rag Doll Nose
Rag Doll Nose | Source
Rag Doll Mouth
Rag Doll Mouth | Source
Rag Doll body
Rag Doll body | Source
Rag Doll thumb
Rag Doll thumb | Source

Rag Dolls Are Precious

Have You Ever Owned a Homemade Rag Doll?

See results
My stuffed dolls and bears
My stuffed dolls and bears | Source

You Can Easily Make Your Own - Your 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.

Ragdolls Are All About Love

You Need Love

All you need for your own stuffed toy is:

* rags
* scissors
* stuffing
* needle and thread
* imagination
and a little smile on your face

My old Rag Doll
My old Rag Doll | Source

Rag Dolls are Fun

Ragdoll on my computer
Ragdoll on my computer | Source

Stuffed Doll Collectors Items

Golliwoggs in the UK
Golliwoggs in the UK | Source

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.

A Rag Doll Is Your Best Friend

Have You Ever Made a Rag Doll?

See results

© 2010 Titia Geertman

Tell me about your rag doll, I'm sure you had one once upon a time in your life

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • peachpurple profile image


      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i want to try sewing this rag doll, looks easy, thanks

    • GiftsByDiana profile image

      Diana Burrell-Shipton 

      4 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      She is beautiful !

      What a treasure of memories you have here :)

      I really liked the poem that you wrote about her.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      I had many that my Mom made. I make a lot of dolls now. I have a lens on it. See my lenses for Cloth dolls. Your vintage rag doll looks great. Awesome lens!

    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      My sister used to own a Raggedy Ann doll. This lens brought back memories. Thanks!

    • Carol Houle profile image

      Carol Houle 

      5 years ago from Montreal

      Love that last poem!

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Great lens, ans I loved the inclusion of that these days politically incorrect Golliwog doll! Interesting and informative. Well Done!

    • junecampbell profile image

      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      This is such a great lens about a wonderful toy that so many of us enjoyed. Currently, I have a wonderful ragdoll -- but he is of the four-footed, furry variety. Its my ragdoll cat, el Gordo. :-)

    • takkhisa profile image


      5 years ago

      You have a cute rag doll :)

    • psiloveyou1 profile image


      5 years ago

      You have a real treasure there!!!

    • SusannaDuffy profile image

      Susanna Duffy 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I had a rag doll named Lulu, that would have been not long after the war too. My mother didn't make Lulu, but she would freshen her up with eyebrow pencil and lipstick, Remembering Mum doing that brought tears to my eyes.

    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I loved seeing your Rag Doll and can sure tell that she has been loved and was made with love. Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Your rag doll is so adorable. It still looks really good after all this time.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I had a ragdoll when growing up, my mom made it. It was very precious.

    • davenjilli lm profile image

      davenjilli lm 

      7 years ago

      I made a rag doll for my oldest daughter many years ago when we had no money..thank you for the memory, I think I will make one for my youngest daughter I am sure she would just love it.

    • BobBlackUK profile image

      Bob Black 

      8 years ago from East Midlands, England, UK

      I think I had a precious golliwog during WW2 when they were quite common. My daughter had a knitted doll made by a great aunt. She called it Dolly Stayswith because in her child's way of talking "it stays with its clothes on". Great lens!

    • squidoopets profile image

      Darcie French 

      8 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      What a lovely tribute to rag dolls. My grandmother used to make them, and I made one with my daughter. They are precious.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      My daughter has a rag doll, an old thing that used to be my husband's precious. it's been well used and loved.

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I remember as a young girl making my own rag dolls for play and of course I also had one of the most famous rag dolls - Raggedy Anne. Thank you so much for this delightful trip down memory lane.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      My mom used to make me rag dolls because we couldn't afford to buy dolls, but I didn't care, I loved her dolls. Unfortunately non of them survived with me into adulthood.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      How very dear, you have me smiling with my own little girl memories! How special that the two of you have spent all these years together, sweet! I know of a lady who taught the second grade and she would make rag dolls for each one of her students that resembled them in some way, it was very special.

    • Laniann profile image


      8 years ago

      Isabella is a good name for your rag doll. I enjoyed reading your poetry. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Your writing always manages to make my heart skip an extra beat. I love the poetry.

    • Redneck Lady Luck profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Such a very cute little tale. I do think Isabella would be the name that would suit such an old friend.

    • TheLittleCardShop profile image

      Malu Couttolenc 

      8 years ago

      The story of rag doll is so pretty, your poems show how close you are to her and how much you love her. Great idea to post instructions on how to make a rag doll, it could be a love project for girls :)

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      This is great! I've made a few rag dolls myself. They are tons of fun!

    • Richard-H profile image


      8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I can tell you have a passion for your rag dolls.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Love the story of your special handmade Rag Doll and the lovely poems that tell us about her. I'm a crafter who loves handmade, so really enjoyed this story.

    • nestboxes profile image


      8 years ago

      What a great personal way to introduce rag dolls and rag doll crafts

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm lensrolling this to my Crafts from Rags. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      ragdolls are kind of awesome!

    • TapIn2U profile image


      8 years ago

      Rag dolls used to scare me when I was little but once I got a Ragged Ann given to me on my 5th birthday by an aunt and I couldn't be separated from it. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      rag dolls are fun to make! Sometimes it is hard to define from rag doll to prim doll nowadays. Great lens! Favorited and lensrolled to hollysdollies

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      I love rag dolls. I think I had a Ragged Ann, but she wasn't a favorite back then. I have only heard about the Golliwogg doll in the last few years. It's too bad that some things are no longer considered "OK"-- one of my favorite stories while growing up was Little Black Sambo. A wonderful for a child, but now we are supposed to consider it racist! Some things are out of whack! :(

    • Othercatt profile image


      8 years ago

      I love rag dolls! My aunt Marilyn used to make them for me and my sisters when we were kids. I bet I still have them, probably stuffed in a bag with all my other childhood dolls. I've always wanted to make them for my daughters, but now they're too old. I guess I'll have to wait for grandkids!


    • puzzlerpaige profile image


      8 years ago

      Lovely lens and story. You've got a wonderful sense of humor! I love the caption for the doll looking at the computer screen.

    • indigoj profile image

      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Couldn't agree more... love is always the magic ingredient in rag dolls and other home made toys that makes them so special. Your doll is wonderful and it is easy to see why you treasure her.

    • indigoj profile image

      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Couldn't agree more... love is always the magic ingredient in rag dolls and other home made toys that makes them so special. Your doll is wonderful and it is easy to see why you treasure her.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Very sweetly done, I voted for Isabella for your dear friend.

    • Geekgurl profile image

      Kimberly Hiller 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Great lens. I had made one when I was little because I loved to watch "Raggedy Ann and Andy" and read their story books. Great content and pictures.

    • Charmcrazey profile image

      Wanda Fitzgerald 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I wish I had kept my rag doll from when I was little. It was probably worn out.

    • Linda Pogue profile image

      Linda Pogue 

      8 years ago from Missouri

      This is an adorable lens. My mom and I made rag dolls for all her grandchildren (including my own children) when they were all very small. I don't think many of the dolls survived the growing years, though. It is very special to keep a rag doll so long. Thumbs up!

    • pixelposy profile image


      8 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I love the photos of your rag doll. My mother use to make them.

    • Pmona LM profile image

      Pmona LM 

      8 years ago

      I love this lens, it's a very sweet tribute for a very special gift.

    • kimbesa2 profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Very sweet! Thanks and...**angel blessed**!

    • BrickHouseFabrics profile image


      8 years ago

      I still have mine!

    • mythphile profile image

      Ellen Brundige 

      8 years ago from California

      These are wonderful, and the poems are so sweet. It's wonderful to see these old, loved toys from long ago, still with their stories to tell. And your Mom had a great touch.

      My mom used to crotchet dolls for me instead. I had an armadillo, an elephant, a few animals I can't remember, and... a portrait of me!

      A wee suggestion: make your wonderful photos of the dolls all the same size, vertically, so the page doesn't jump up and down as the slideshow changes.

    • Titia profile imageAUTHOR

      Titia Geertman 

      8 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      @mivvy: Ha, nee, breien is niet mijn sterkste kant.

    • mivvy profile image


      8 years ago

      Brei je ook truitjes voor ze? Ik brei truitjes etc voor beren barbie en allerlei andere dieren en poppen terwijl ik TV kijk, heerlijk ontspannend

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Cute and funny at the same time :)

    • Yourshowman LM profile image

      Yourshowman LM 

      8 years ago

      Look So Cute.

      Nice Lens. :-)


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)