The Old Doll Cover on the Toilet Roll Trick

Not so long ago I made a note for myself to write about those dolls they put inside the toilet paper rolls and then fancy up with a crocheted skirt. Have you seen any of those lately? I can remember seeing one at a Christmas bazaar a few years ago. I think they have lost something in popularity. The question is… what took their place? I don’t know. Maybe all those rolls are just left naked now. Seems a shame.

I know my Grandmother had one. Not the Grandmother I usually enjoyed visiting, except she did play Scrabble. It wasn’t easy to find Scrabble players when I was the oldest of my brother and sisters. I do remember she had a fancy crocheted doll with the legs stuck through the roll and the skirt pulled over the thick roll of paper around her legs. I thought it was clever. I didn’t know there were more of them out there. I’m quite sure it was white and yellow, a brunette doll.

Now, such a long time later, it would be kind of nice to see one of those dolls again. I might even crochet the pattern myself. I can easily pick up a dozen dolls cheap, recycled from the bin at the local thrift shop. It would be nice to give those poor dolls something to do, a job – rather than leaving them homeless.

Crochet N More – A pattern free for personal use.

Craft Bits – A pattern contributed in memory of Irene.

Crochet Pattern Central – A variety of patterns linked to. Covers for various items.

The lovely angel toilet roll cover doll comes from an Etsy shop, JacBerKitcsh.

SturmDM has an doll with an Irish dress, quite fancy.

Lankfords2designs has a doll with a very lovely full skirt.

When did you Last see a Paper Doll?

The last time I can remember seeing a book of paper dolls was on the shelves of a thrift shop, a second hand store. I’ve attempted to make my own, long ago. I have admiration for the people who accomplish all the precise cutting and planning to make a paper doll and her wardrobe.

Original Paper Doll Artist Guild
Organization of artists and collectors who promote the art and hobby of paper dolls.

Christmas Themed Matryoshka Nesting Dolls

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Inspired by the traditional Russian matryoshka nesting dolls, this charming set is designed by Suzy Ultman and handpainted with detailed, folkloric patterns. Each matryoshka is hollow inside and opens in two, so you can hide a tiny treat or gift inside.

Set of 5 Matryoshka Nesting Dolls in Decor | Crate and Barrel.

Even on sale after Christmas they are still expensive enough. But, I like the style and colours.

Boudoir Dolls: Restore and Repurpose Dolls

bed doll patternMy Mother bought me a fancy bed doll when I was a young lady. I was somewhere between being a kid and being a teenager. She hoped having the doll to decorate my bed would get me into the habit of making my bed each morning so the doll could sit on it with her lovely dress, fancy hair and angelic little face. But, before we bought the doll my Mother explained that it was not a doll to play with. Instead she was just to be put on the bed or the shelf for display. She told me that once I took the doll’s hair down or took her dress off it would not be the same. She was right. I found out by doing it.

It would be nice if the bed doll gets another chance to be fashionable. For one thing, it’s a chance to repurpose some of the old dolls in thrift stores. I always see shelves of them, most half dressed or missing all their clothes. Someone needs to come along and take care of those girls.

Also, if you get into the design and creating of the dresses you can become a doll fashionista. Look at old fashioned dresses, gowns from TV and movies and bring in new modern themes to create custom gowns designed by you.

I’ve seen these dolls called boudoir dolls too, a more romantic name than bed dolls.

vintage boudoir dollThis doll comes from Grammas Junk on Etsy.

vintage bed dollVintage bed doll from Nimbles Nook on Etsy.

Pinterest: The Boudoir Doll

Pinterest: Boudoir Dolls

Pinterest: Free Crochet Bed Doll Patterns and Accessories

Pinterest: Boudoir Babes

Pinterest: Flapper, Smoker Boudoir Dolls and Others

Flickr: Vintage Half Dolls and Boudoir Dolls

Epatterns Central: Bed Doll Patterns

The Dollie Boudoir – History of her.

About.com: Doll Collecting: Boudoir Dolls

Boudoir Doll Salon

Jazz Age Club: The Boudoir Doll Craze

The Wayback Times: Meet the Boudoir Dolls

Frau Wulf’s Boudoir Doll Blog (No longer being updated).