My Rag Doll + GIVEAWAY

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I have been, since two Christmases ago, somewhat obsessed with doll clothing.  I spent an entire holiday season bringing together an awesome collection of hand-made vintage Barbie clothing via eBay for our seven-year-old as her Christmas gift, and the following year (this past Christmas), she received an American Girl doll.  Between the two, I spend more time than I’m likely to admit thinking about doll clothing–how to make it, how to make it so SMALL, and what wardrobe staples the various dolls might require for their busy schedules.

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So when I was asked to be part of the My Rag Doll blog hop, I was pretty excited.  I generally avoid doing too many giveaways here on the blog, and I legitimately want to ensure that every book or product that I review is something I really like and think is well-made and worth investing in; since I had already agreed to do two other book reviews this spring, you KNOW this book has to be pretty great for me to have added it to the list.  And it so totally is.

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The author, Corinne Crasbercu, is an accomplished fashion and costume designer who also works as a stylist for Marie Claire magazine.  She has a keen eye and a very clean style, which I love.  The whole book feels very European–sweet and innocent, but also sophisticated and chic.  These are the type of dolls I remember growing up with–I was born in Germany and lived there until my fourth birthday, and my earliest memories (like my Kindergarten doll) are of beautifully crafted toys, handmade with care and love.  These dolls are those toys, all dressed up for our own children.

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The book includes patterns for the doll, with instructions for making a blonde, brunette or a red-head (I think we can all guess which one is my favorite–ginger FTW!), along with all the sweet outfits to dress them in.  And oh!  Are they dear!

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Gah!!  Can you STAND it???  Totally precious–without being too twee, you know?  These are cutesy-gooey dolls, these are sweet and classic dolls, and their outfits are perfect for re-telling old tales or making up fresh new ones.  I suspect they would even be awesome for puppet theater.  My kids would be ALL OVER that.

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As the owner of quite a large selection of sewing books, I can honestly say that I can see this one becoming a title I’d take off the shelf over and over, and use again and again: my girls are of the perfect age for making a zillion variations on these sweet patterns, and my oldest is likely to have children of her own before our littles truly outgrow their doll years (the oldest and youngest are 15 years apart, after all–though the thought of having children at home and being a granny at the same time makes me want to think about something else super badly).  I could easily riff on these designs for another 15 years, and never exhaust the possibilities.

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And you, sweet people, have the opportunity to win a copy!  Simply leave a comment here before midnight on April 23, 2014 and you could win a copy of My Rag Doll.  The patterns are clean and clear and easy to use, and the designs are so classic and lovely.  I know you’ll tab and mark and wear out the pages sewing with it.  Winner will be chosen at random from all the comments left by the time the giveaway closes.

Follow More of the Blog Hop!

For other stops on the blog tour, along with more details from the book and more chances to win a copy, check out these lovely blogs:
Sun 13th– Kestrel Makes
Mon 14th – Dolls and Daydreams
Tue 15th – Follow the White Bunny
Wed 16th – Whipstitch
Thu 17th – A Spoonful of Sugar
Fri 18th – Feeling Stitchy
Sat 19th – House of Pinheiro
Sun 20th – A Stitching Odyssey
Mon 21st – iCandy Handmade
Tue 22nd – Shimelle
Wed 23rd – Heather Bailey
Thu 24th – Emma Lamb

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  • Fooniks
    April 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I’ve always wanted to make a rag doll but I’ve been too insecure to make one without any instructions and patterns. This looks like an awesome book. And the pictures are just too cute! Our little girls would be so happy to have a ragdoll made by aunty 🙂

  • Lorene
    April 16, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Those dolls are unbelievably cute. I would love a copy of the book!

  • Quiltin Jenny
    April 16, 2014 at 10:20 am


    I am at that strange age that, when I hold other people’s babies, I realize I’m closer to being a granny than to having one of my own.

  • Dre Lewis
    April 16, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I have done my fair share of quilting, but I know my niece would love one of these! I wonder how difficult it is to sew something so small?

    • Deborah
      April 16, 2014 at 10:25 am

      I wondered the same thing! The book gives you lots of techniques to use–you really can skip a lot of the finishes that you’d have to do on a garment for an actual person, which makes the sewing simpler. And her patterns are so well-drawn that it simplifies the entire process. Our girls are going to love the dolly wardrobes they’ve got coming! 🙂

  • Gladys Woelm
    April 16, 2014 at 10:40 am

    These dolls are the cutest rag dolls I have seen since I was a little girl in the 40’s. Just beautiful.

  • Kate
    April 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

    My friend just had a little girl — I’d love to win this book!

  • Bridget
    April 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Would love this to make my 1st great-grand daughter one of those precious dollies for her 2nd birthday! Thank you for rhis wondwrful opportunity!

  • laurel
    April 16, 2014 at 11:32 am

    oh, yes please!!

  • mjb
    April 16, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Very cute pictures.

  • Kathie
    April 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    So lovely. I want to make one for myself! Thank you for adding this review.

  • Valerie
    April 16, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    These are the sweetest looking dolls I have ever seen. I would love to make a few for my grandaughters to play with at my house.

  • Samina
    April 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Those really are adorable without being saccharine! I’ve got a 2 year old in the family that would love to have a new dolly & some clothes made for her.

  • samantha
    April 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    My daughters and nieces would eatthese up! So lovely. Would be thrilled to win. Adding to my wish list.

  • Megan
    April 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I would love to win this book! These dolls are so sweet!

  • LM
    April 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Those dolls are incredibly cute!!!! I would love a copy of the book so much! thank you for showing us what a world of cutness is inside it 🙂

  • Sabrina B.
    April 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I just recently made a new outfit for my daughter’s doll and she was so pleased (but not as pleased as I was). I would love a copy of this book to expand my repertoire! (Any boy dolls in the mix?)

    • Deborah
      April 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Oooh, no boy dolls in this one, but what a great idea!! We demand a follow-up with boy dolls, yes?? 🙂

  • Michele M
    April 16, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I absolutely love this! I’m so excited! 🙂

  • Laura
    April 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This doll is incredibly precious! I can imagine my 8yo and my 4yo both playing with one.

  • Suzanne
    April 16, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    The dolls are beautiful

  • Lynne Tilley
    April 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Oh, I used to make cloth dolls several years ago (20 yrs to be exact), and also did a little porcelain doll making class, but sweet cloth dolls were always my favorite! These are the sweetest I’ve ever seen! I would totally buy this book if I don’t win it here! I have 2 granddaughters who would love them, and I’d keep some for myself!

  • Sharon Hankins
    April 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Love this doll. I would love to learn to make it.

  • Dita
    April 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Ahhhhhh so adorable *squeal* I might just make one for myself hehehehe
    I love the redhead in the red hood! Actually, cross that, I love all of them!

  • Kathy Davis
    April 16, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Would love to have the pattern to make this adorable doll for my granddaughter Nellie.

  • Show and Tell Meg
    April 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    These dolls are so cute! I’d love to win to help pass on the tradition of handmade toys with my kids 🙂

  • Laura
    April 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I think my toddler would love to have a homemade dolly with customizable clothes! I’d love to win this book.

  • Amy H
    April 16, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Oh my!!!!!!!!!! This is so sweet and adorable!!

  • Lee
    April 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I would love to make some of these dolls and clothes for my nieces – so sweet!

  • Sarah
    April 16, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    When I was a teenager I got every Anna craft magazine I could get my hands on (lived in Japan at the time; they weren’t around in the US as far as I know), and in that German magazine were dolls incredibly similar to these that I really wanted to make! They are so beautiful; I would love to win a copy of this book to make these for my daughters and myself. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Deborah
      April 17, 2014 at 7:48 am

      They completely make me think of my early childhood in Germany–I could not love them more. So excited for this book to be available!

  • Piroska
    April 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    The dolls are adorable, and I’d love the chance to win the book.
    Thanks for the fab giveaway! :o)

  • Tracy H
    April 16, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Such cute dolls! Would love the book, thanks for the chance!

  • Lori Morton
    April 16, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    These dolls are ADORABLE!!!!! So cute! Would make my Grangirlie lotsa lil friends & clothes…& shoes!! My goodness! Such fun!!

  • Lisa
    April 17, 2014 at 12:28 am

    These are seriously some of the most adorable dolls I have ever seen and I would love to make them for the children of friends and family! Thank you for the chance to win!

    • Deborah
      April 17, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Aren’t they GREAT?? And so timeless!!

  • Ariana
    April 17, 2014 at 2:06 am

    That is so adorable! I still have my Raggedy Ann, which is much nicer than the recent ones. This looks like a great replacement for a little girl.

    • Deborah
      April 17, 2014 at 7:46 am

      I agree! It doesn’t seem that something as simple as a rag doll could have gotten LESS innocent over the years, but somehow, marketers have taken the charm out of even that. So sad. Much better to hand-make and treasure forever, I think!

  • Kay Eyles
    April 17, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Thanks for a great giveaway. I had a Red Riding Hood cloak for my doll she nI was little and I would love to make one of these form my niece.

  • BigHeartMade
    April 17, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I love the ginger-head too! So cute 🙂

    • Deborah
      April 17, 2014 at 7:45 am

      Read-heads, unite!! 🙂

  • Jowyn Jenson
    April 17, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Oooh ! Lovely styling and photos. Looks like a great book. I love the idea of making tiny clothes.

  • Tiphaine
    April 17, 2014 at 5:50 am

    I am pretty sure I could manage to make a little guy from those ones….Anyway, thanks for letting us know about this book. hop hop hop, in the wishlist!!!!

    • Deborah
      April 17, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Haha! You’re probably right–all I can see are those cute little dresses, though!! She needs a friend to play with, like Madeline had Pepito. 🙂

  • Becky
    April 17, 2014 at 8:33 am

    These dolls are adorable! I’d love to make a hundred of them!!

  • Jess
    April 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I keep getting more and more little girls in my life! These would be perfect presents.

  • Lisa McGriff
    April 17, 2014 at 10:05 am

    These dolls look so cuddly, I hope I win, would love to make some for some little friends!

  • Christine
    April 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

    What fun! I’d love to try making a doll for my little one.

  • Gill
    April 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this fabulous book!

  • Vanessa
    April 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Ohhh I am sure these beautiful rag dolls would be thrilled to have an adventure in exhuberant Costa Rica…

    • Deborah
      April 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Haha! Wouldn’t we all! Pura vida! 🙂

  • Evelyn
    April 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    So darling! Would love to make these for friends and their children. Perhaps I could even alter the patterns slightly and make one for my son – a doll that looks like him.

  • Cherie
    April 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    The dolls are so cute! My daughter would love them. Ok, me too!

  • Mara
    April 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    My daughter would be all over this, I probably wouldn’t be able to make anything else for a year, except dolls.

  • Emily C
    April 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    These are adorable. I would love to make one of these for my niece.

  • Lee Anne
    April 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Looks like a wonderful book with lovely, detailed dolls….I haven’t made a doll since my girls were small….but now have lovely little granddaughters that would love these!

  • Laura
    April 18, 2014 at 3:31 am

    I would love to mKe a doll with clothes and accessories for by three years old daughter and the patterns in this book are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

  • Jess Z
    April 18, 2014 at 5:52 am

    I need to make my daughter a rag doll! These are adorable! Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  • Gina
    April 18, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Oh, my. These little cuties make me want to squeal and then sit down and make them for a special little girl.

  • Diann Cornell
    April 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I’ve enjoyed making a few rag dolls in the past. These look cute and fun.

  • Claire
    April 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Those little shoes! That back pack! Gorgeous.

  • Nicole Sender
    April 19, 2014 at 12:55 am

    What a lovely book with such a selection of precious dolls.

  • sandra Mason
    April 19, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Oh WOW she is gorgeous, I would love to make a rag doll for my wee Grandaughter, thanks for the opportunity

  • Kelly
    April 19, 2014 at 6:46 am

    This certainly does look like a book worthy of a giveaway on your blog! I am so excited about this book, I cannot tell you! I can see myself becoming as obsessed as you (hey, you said it!) about making dolls clothes and styling them. I had one very similar as a girl so the making of a doll (or ten) would be quite nostalgic as well.
    Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Diana
    April 19, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I bought each of my grandaughters a Raggedy Ann Doll when they were born. These would be so much fun to make and add to their collections. Very girly and sweet. Thank you for sharing.

  • Angie O
    April 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    These patterns are so cute. I foresee an ANNE doll on my wishlist. And Hermione as a close second. 😉

  • bunny
    April 20, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    thanks for the chance to win! They are so cute!

  • Claudia
    April 21, 2014 at 7:50 am

    These dolls are sooooo cute I would love to receive the book! Thanks for sharing!

  • Laura J.
    April 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I love all those little details! My little one has just started getting into the doll phase. I’d love to surprise her with some new doll clothes!

  • ten b
    April 21, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    This book looks wonderful. My daughter is just getting interested in sewing, and she would LOVE this book. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  • Charlotte
    April 22, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Oh, this looks like such a sweet book, I would love to win! Thanks so much for the chance, I can see myself trying my hand at so many of these sweet girls!

  • Jessibeth Vicenty
    April 22, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Oh this looks like a great book. Would love to add it to my craft library and make some dolls for my niece 🙂

  • Brenda
    April 22, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I would love to have a copy of this book. I am at the age where my nieces are having daughters, and these dolls would be perfect for them. I think the doll clothes are almost more fun than the dolls themselves!

  • Hannah O'Key
    April 22, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I’d love to be entered. I know some small people who would love a rag doll!

    On another note I’ve been catching up on your blog. Your bathroom is going to haunt me. (And give me the giggles in equal measure!).

    • Deborah
      April 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      That wallpaper!! It is the stuff of nightmares. Seriously. (As grateful as I am not to live in a cardboard box, those walls are terrifying.)

      Thanks a million for reading!! 🙂

  • laura
    April 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this book. I’m looking forward to checking the book out when it is released. =)

  • Laurel
    April 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    This book looks awesome. I really want to make some dolls for my kids.

  • Barbara Dufurrena
    September 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Help!!! I bought this book and am in the middle of making the doll. I can’t figure out how the bottom of the legs go together. Are there 4 parts? How do you sew the bottom of the legs to the top when the bottom legs are narrower than the top? As for the darts, are they the back of the heel? If so, what about the front of the foot? Please, please send a reply sooner. I am making this as a gift. Thank you

    • Deborah
      September 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear that! I don’t know this author personally, but I would suggest contacting her or contacting Stitch, Craft, Create (her publisher) for more information on the pattern. Hope that helps!