Monday, January 16, 2012


The conversation turned to Raggedy Ann a couple of weeks ago at a small family get-together -- my younger nephew's little girls, aged 4 and 2, do not have Raggedy Ann dolls yet, and their grandmother (my sister) wants to get them each one.  Raggedy Ann is sort of an institution I guess; a real classic.  I'll bet most women had a Raggedy Ann when they were little girls.  My sister and I each had one; hers has vanished with the passing years, but I still have mine.

I remember very clearly how we got them.  We were at the toy store looking at dolls, and at the time my mother could not afford to buy us any of the expensive plastic dolls.  So she told us a story about a poor little rag doll that nobody wanted, and a spoiled little rich girl who actually threw the poor thing on the floor and screamed that it was ugly and she wanted a fancy plastic doll!  Oh, poor Raggedy Ann, her poor little heart was crushed.  Nobody wanted her.

"We want her!  We want poor little Raggedy Ann!" my sister and I cried.  And so we each went home with our own Raggedy Ann, and we knew that Raggedy Ann loved us because her little red heart said so.

Here is my old Raggedy Ann.  Her face is brown where I spilled root beer on it once, and one of her feet is a little bigger than the other one because my cat chewed it off when he was a kitten and I had to make her a new foot.  Her original clothes wore completely out, and I made her a new dress out of Holly Hobbie fabric so that she could look fairly respectable lying on my bed in my dorm when I went off to college and (of course) took her along.  :)

Well, talking about Raggedy Ann got me to thinking about making my own version of a rag doll, and this weekend I happened to feel like sewing, so I took a trip down to JoAnn's and got a bag of PolyFill and some muslin and some thick yarn, and then came home & scrabbled around in my rag bag and worked out a simple design ---- and here is my "Rag-Bag Doll":

Didn't she turn out cute?  I just love her!  She was so much fun to make, and I think any little girl would love to have her.  She is soft and cuddly and has such a cheerful little face.  And unlike my Raggedy Ann, her hair can be fixed different ways.  It can be left loose, or tied into pigtails, or even braided.  Her little rag dress comes off and slips back on very easily with the elastic neck opening, and has a little pocket on the front where Rag-Bag Dolly can keep something.  Next I'm going to make a little white nightgown for her to sleep in.
Here is a picture of Rag-Bag Dolly without her dress, as you can see she is wearing a sewn-on black body stocking --- and there is a little red felt heart that says "i love u"
How cute is that?  I wish I was a little girl again....   :)

She turned out so well and is so much fun I think I will put some Rag-Bag Dollies in my HomeSweetTeapot etsy shop.  I want to make a few slight improvements in the design first.  Also, maybe have some stories to go along with her.  
Anyway, stay tuned for further developments!   :)

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