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Holly Hobbie Doll Story

Updated on February 24, 2015

The Story of a Doll Named Holly Hobbie

Once upon a time, there was a little girl wearing a patchwork dress and a so wide bonnet that we could not see her face.

The little girl was named Holly Hobbie and we saw her first on greeting cards from American Greetings. One day, she became so popular that we discovered this cute character illustrated on many supports.Then we could buy the doll from toy stores.

Many little girls in America and all around the world loved this nice old fashioned little blue character and I myself stuck Holly Hobbie stickers to my school materials.

Would you like to learn more about the marvelous story of Holly Hobbie?

You've come to the right place... I'm fond of this adorable little countryside looking blue girl.


Holly Hobbie - The Character

The marvelous story of the little rag doll

Who doesn't remember the exquisite little rag-dressed girl wearing a gigantic bonnet? I myself wanted to dress like Holly Hobbie and, believe it or not, I still love her clothes!

This fantastic little character appeared for the first time as illustrations on greeting cards. Because of the popularity of the character, Knickerbocker Toys quickly licensed the artwork and started the production of rag dolls made after the drawings; which would become a worldwide favorite.

I myself remember that we had Holly Hobbie stickers that we would stick to everything, and whether children or teenagers, we were proud to show our Holly Hobbie stuff at school.

Holly Hobbie Collection, Storyland Series - Made after the original artist's work

Madame Alexander Dolls Cloth Holly Hobbie, 18", Holly Hobbie Collection, Storyland Series
Madame Alexander Dolls Cloth Holly Hobbie, 18", Holly Hobbie Collection, Storyland Series

This 18" cloth Holly Hobbie doll is from Madame Alexander Storyland collection. The doll wears the popular clothes and giant bonnet. Holly Hobbie cloth doll comes in blue and was made after Holly Hobbie's artwork.


Holly Hobbie - The Author

A little bit about the artist

The author of Holly Hobbie's books was born Denise Holly Ulinskas and got married to Douglas Hobbie in the early 1960s.

Holly Hobbie is a writer and illustrator and, while she writes the well known Toot and Puddle books, her most popular hero is the Holly Hobbie character, created in the late 1960s.

40 years ago, Holly Hobbie sold the marvelous Holly Hobbie character, a rag dressed little girl wearing a big bonnet to American Greetings, a holiday greeting cards supplier.

This artwork based on Holly Hobbie herself would become one of the most popular little girls and dolls ever.

Holly Hobbie Wall Decals

Walls 360 Peel & Stick Fabric Wall Decals: Holly Hobbie Classic Flowers (23.75 in x 24 in)
Walls 360 Peel & Stick Fabric Wall Decals: Holly Hobbie Classic Flowers (23.75 in x 24 in)

There is a wide range of Holly Hobbie peel and stick wall decals that you can use to decorate a child's bedroom. This one for example would work wonders in a countryside pastel blue for a girl. You can choose between 4 different sizes.


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Holly Hobbie - The Evolution

The doll evolved and became a Lolita

Holly Hobbie doll and character evolved over the decades and the rag-doll became a teenager. Her patchwork dress became blue jeans and blue t-shirt while her floppy bonnet became a cap.

From Richard Dubelman's book titled "The Adventures of Holly Hobbie" to "Holly Hobbie and Friends" movie, the doll changed entirely until it became a 21st century Lolita.

Nowadays, Mattel produces Holly Hobbie dolls with the "Holly Hobbie Clubhouse Girls" collection that includes Holly Hobbie, Amy and Carrie sold with a few accessories and each doll comes with a pet.

Another collection is "Design My Style" that would provide to fashionista children with a lot of pleasure.

Holly Hobbie - My First Gift Set - A cute first toy for a baby girl

Holly Hobbie - My First Gift Set
Holly Hobbie - My First Gift Set

The 12" Holly Hobbie ragdoll as well as her toys come in pastel colors.

It is probably one of the best reproductions of this cute doll that was so popular in the last century.


Holly Hobbie - Merchandising and Collectibles

How a little rag-doll became a best-seller

The little girl wearing a patchwork dress and a giant bonnet has become so famous that fashion artists like Laura Ashley took inspiration for their collections - long pastel printed dresses, floating around women and so country style.

But fashion wasn't the sole field that was caught by the Holly Hobbie craze: the exquisite little girl appeared on many products like dinnerware, bed linen, china, dolls and much more!

Holly Hobbie collectibles are selling very well and for highly expensive prices on auction sites such as eBay.

Holly Hobbie Collectibles - Bid on these items inspired from the American Greetings cute doll

It has become harder to get our hands on toys made after the doll as well as all merchandising. Most of them have become collectibles and sell pretty well on public auctions.

If you are looking for these lovely items I recommend checking eBay. The site provides you with a wide range of different products made after the American Greetings star. Moreover, you'll find there one-of-a-kind items that will make your friends green with envy.

Old Fashioned Holly Hobbie Book - Happiness Comes from the Heart

Happiness Comes from the Heart (Holly Hobbie Classic)
Happiness Comes from the Heart (Holly Hobbie Classic)

If you're like me and prefer the original Holly Hobbie character over the more modern and Lolita looking one, then I suggest you to choose such a book as it features your old fashioned favorite character.


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      justholidays 2 years ago

      It seems that children still love these cute characters, Holly Hobbie, Strawberry Shortcake... They were adorable - manufactures should produce a new old fashioned wave, I'm sure they'd sell like cakes :)

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Thanks for sharing this - I had no idea about holly hobbie but I can think of a little girl that would really appreciate her.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      This doll character is so precious. I was glad to see she was making a come back. Little girls will enjoy learning all about her just as their moms did when they was young.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I found a Holly Hobby simplicity pattern from 1973, all the pieces were there, except the transfer for the face. Kind of a bummer!

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      Ashly Rain 4 years ago

      I used to have the Holly Hobby Wishing well game...loved it! Your lens brings back memories...well done!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      The Holly Hobby dolls were's around when I was young enough to play with dolls, but I sure remember the cute greeting cards, and I did like those a lot. Glad to know little girls today have a lot of Holly Hobby choices!

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      I have almost forgotten about this doll till I read this wonderful lens. Loved looking at the dolls.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Oh my yes indeed ... who I ask would not be a fan of the sweet and adorable Holly Hobbie doll? These warm the cockles of my heart!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      @ohcaroline: Thank you so much! I wish you find a similar lamp! Holly Hobbie's so cute!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      I always thought the character was so adorable. I once saw a holly hobbie lamp base in a ceramics store. I didn't get it; but changed my mind and went back to find it gone. I've looked for it ever no avail. You did a very nice job on this lens. 5*

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      ulla_hennig 7 years ago

      I very much enjoyed learning about Holly Hobbie - we don't know her here in Germany!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      @JenOfChicago LM: Thanks for the compliment :)

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      A nice trip down memory lane - I remember having lots of Holly stickers in my stickerbook collection.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: Happy to learn you enjoyed the page!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      It always amazes me when a simple character in a book or movie becomes a famous icon. Holly Hobbie is well known and continues to delight children and collectors to this day. I enjoyed my journey here through the life of Holly Hobbie.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      @poptastic: Thanks Cynthia :) I was sure Holly Hobbie would please to everyone, it was a so cute character!

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      I loved Holly Hobbie when I was a child, Dom! Oh wow, thank you for bringing back all those memories. I didn't even know there was a cartoon series of her so thanks for telling me. This is a wonderful selection of Holly Hobbie merchandise. (:

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      @KarenTBTEN: I didn't recognize the doll at first sight, lol. What a pain...

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      @mbgphoto: Thanks... Holly Hobbie was so sweet doll, isn't it?

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