Book Review & Giveaway - My Rag Doll

 
**GIVEAWAY CLOSED - WINNER ANNOUNCED SHORTLY**

When I was asked if I would like to review this book I jumped at the chance. Coincidentally I had been thinking how lovely it would be a make a doll for baby Kestrel - I love the idea of a handmade doll that you could make different outfits for. Could you imagine making a doll's dress from the same material as a child's outfit? So cute. I'm not particularly enamoured with some of the dolls I've seen in shops plus I love the idea of a 'heritage' type of toy, created with care and love, that would be valued for a lifetime.

I am delighted to be the first port of call on the blog hop for My Rag Doll by Corrine Crasbercu. My Rag Doll was inspired by Corrine's childhood, making dolls' clothes and accessories. Although a rag doll is very much a traditional toy, this book makes a classic idea idea look really contemporary and includes a lovely selection of outfits.

The design of the book is fresh and modern, with clear and attractive photography. The patterns are printed on pages of the book and need to be copied and enlarged by the given percentage.
There are instructions for making dolls with a range of hairstyles and with eleven different outfits. I'd say the book is not aimed at a complete beginner as the instructions are written rather than diagrammatic. However there's nothing complicated if you have a bit of experience. The instructions might also put you off if you are more of a visual learner, however the gorgeous photographs certainly help to meet that need.

The layout of the books includes inspiration drawings and mood boards. I love the red riding hood doll:

My Rag Doll is great inspiration, giving you a number of designs which could be easily customised. Just like the traditional rag doll, these projects are the perfect way to use up treasured fabric scraps. I think there are some really inspired and fun doll outfits that'll make you want to get rooting through your scrap bags to create a gorgeous, personal doll that would be loved by any little girl.


A doll with her own knitting bag - really adorable
I love this doll in a raincoat too

I'm delighted that Stitch Craft Create have a copy of the book to be sent to one of you lucky readers.

To enter the giveaway, please comment below, telling me what your favourite childhood toy was. The giveaway will be open until Sunday 27th April at 5PM GMT when I will choose a winner at random. The giveaway is open internationally.

If you would like to find out more about this book and for more chances to win a copy of the book, you can visit some of the other great blogs who are participating on the blog hop this month:

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

K x

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own

60 comments:

  1. I had a favorite teddy bear that I brought with me every wear and made clothes for of my mother sewing machine. She was called Brumma and was the size of a newborn baby and there for she had some of my old baby clothes. This book looks amazing I love making toys and even if we don't have any children yet we do have a big pile of stuffed toys.
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  2. I had a favourite doll, and in fact I still have it! It was a very cheap little thing, a replica of a doll in a popular Belgian comic, and it was sold as a piece of merchandising at some musical my aunt went to. When she saw how much I played with it when I came over she gave it to me for my 6th birthday, and I took it EVERYWHERE. Right now it's old and greyish and most of the hair has been replaced at some point, but I still keep it around. One of its little hands is entirely discoloured from where I used to hold it all the time.

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  3. What a beautiful book. I recently made a pair of striped pyjamas for my daughter's bear and really enjoyed it. It was really satisfying working on something so small - a bit like knitting baby clothes! I had a rag doll as a child with an awake face and a sleeping face with a bonnet that concealed one side. I found her in my parent's loft recently. She needs some tlc and perhaps a new outfit before I pass her on to my daughter. This post may inspire me to get to it!

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  4. I was obsessed with a Puffalumps doll that I had since I was a toddler. I still have it too :)

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  5. These are so adorable! I want to make a Land Girl doll with vintage inspired clothing.

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  6. A rag doll was my first ever sewing project when I was in primary school. My Mumstill has it on her dressing table!
    My favourite toy when I was small was 'Mou' a cuddly mouse that my aunt bought me. I still have it!
    I'd love to have a look at this book as the thought of using all those hoarded precious scraps really appeals!

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  7. My favorite toy when I was little was a stuffed bunny named (what else) Bunny. His fur was all worn off, but he remained with me for a long time. I would love to sew some rag dolls for my granddaughter.

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  8. As a child, I always had my Teddy (I know... not a very original name) with me. He was my favorite bear and I still have him today, many years later.
    What a cute book, I love the designs.

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  9. What a lovely book! I have always secretly wanted to make a rag doll. Having two boys didn't help matters! Perhaps I just need to make one for myself!!!!

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  10. What a fantastic book! My favourite toy was an orange teddy bear called Nicky. He now has no nose and only one eye but he is still adorable :)

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  11. Ohhh...what a lovely book. Please enter me into the draw. My favourite toy as a child was tiny tears. My Mum made all her clothes and blankets for me and my daughter plays with it now :-)

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  12. A gorgeous looking book! My favourites were barbie dolls, because my Mum used to make their clothes. There was a cowgirl outfit, a ball gown and I particularly remember the tiny yellow polka dot bikini which burnt out the motor on Mum's sewing machine! I'm still reminded of this regularly :-) Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  13. this is a gorgeous, classic doll.

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  14. My favorite toy was my American Girl doll, Kirsten. I first fell in love with the books when I was just learning to read and I adored the story of this pioneer girl. It is the only toy I saved from my childhood and I can't wait until my daughter will be old enough to play with her. Until then, I have been wanting to make her rag doll, so this book looks perfect.

    I have to ask, will you be showing off a doll that you made from this book? I would love to see it.

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  15. Lovely book! I'd love to make some handmade dolls and toys for my wee girl. My favourite toy was a black pound puppy. I still remember how excited I was when she came around on the travelator at Argos - I took her everywhere with me. Her name is Duchy, and she now lives in my sweater drawer :)

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  16. My favorite toy was teddy bear :) This book look so awesome!! Thank you so much for the chance to win :)

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  17. I must admit to being fickle as I had quite a lot - mainly toy dogs.

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  18. I had a pink teddy bear that my mom brought back from a trip abroad in the 80s. It was a rare and special thing behind the iron curtain and I treasured it late into my teens.

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  19. My favourite was a knitted (by my mum) mouse with a jacket

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  20. I'd love to win this book. My favorite toy was a huge Panda Bear AND my doll house.

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  21. I went through a lot of dolls, but the one that stayed was the one my family called the Anna doll. There was a trend for realistic toddler dolls when I was in grade one in South Africa. She isn't a new born, she looks like about a year to 18 month baby. She has survived moves from Africa to the USA to England to Australia, and now sits in my bedroom, freshly restuffed and cleaned.

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  22. I had a Raggedy Ann and Andy - so you know I love soft dolls!

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  23. I had a small, basic little bear called Sniffy and he was my absolute favourite. In fact, he still is my favourite. He's now retired and lounges sedately on a high shelf in my bedroom (mitts off kids, he's mine)

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  24. I had a Raggedy Ann Doll! thank you!!

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  25. My heart melted when I saw this. My favourite was a teddy - his name was little ted.

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  26. My favorite was an old doll of my mother's named Mary, who had also been her favorite doll, and actually had the body replaced at one point when my mother was a toddler. I love these dolls! Thanks for the giveaway. If I win I will make them for my daughters (and myself!) sarah@forrussia.org

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  27. I had a rag doll made by my mum and i loved it till it fell apart. Thanks for hosting this giveaway :)

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  28. I had a knitted lamb called Lamby! Took him everywhere. Gorgeous book, thanks for the giveaway.

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  29. My favourite toy was (still is!) a toy dog called Folly. She came everywhere with me and still lives in my bedroom. She is still very loved. Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

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  30. My favorite childhood toy was, strangely enough, Man from U.N.C.L.E. walkie talkies!!

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  31. This is so cute! My favorite toy was a sesame street stamp kit! I loved it so much I started stamping on more than just paper.... oops

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  32. My favourite childhood toy was a doll named Simone. My mom made clothes for her, and my dad made a wooden cradle.

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  33. My favorite toy was my blue bike that I rode everywhere. I even named it "Apache "! And my best friend's bike's name was "Paint"

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  34. The Christmas I was in 2nd Grade, I got a Snow White doll, with the 7 lil' Drawf's too!! Played with them all the time...were my Friend's! :)

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  35. My favourite toy was a big yellow bunny (then big, now not so big ;)) I got him from my dad, and he's still with me, many years later.

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  36. Hi. My favourite toy was a red corduroy elephant my Granny made me for my first birthday. Her tusks where made of white felt. I dragged that thing around with me for years, until the eyes had come away, both tusks missing and she only had one ear. Still loved her though!

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  37. My favourite toy was a softie dog called Bengie. I treated him like a real puppy!

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  38. My favorite toy was a stuffed mickey mouse, I loved that thing so much! (till my grandmother thought I would hurt myself with the wire in his tail, made my dad cut it off) SAD day, Mickey with no tail..... I hope I win this book, I have some babies that need babies!!

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  39. I had a Raggety Ann doll for a long time. Sadly, she got lost in moving at some point.

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  40. My favorite toy was a doll. I still have it in my parents' house.
    I would love to make a doll with clothes and accessories for my three years old daughter. Thanks for the chance of winning this beautiful book.
    Laura

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  41. I think my favorite was my Barbie doll. She had a titian bubble cut hair style. I had such fun with her.

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  42. My favourite childhood toy was a white furry rabbit with pink pearl eyes, called Bun. It was made by my Nana and I loved it so much that most of the fur came off. I still have it to this day, although he is looking a little worse for wear.

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  43. My favorite childhood toy was a beautiful Madame Alexander doll.

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  44. Thank you for this opportunity! :D My favourite childhood toy was a plastic lizard which I named "Zizard". (Highly creative, I know.) The best part about Zizard was his open mouth and hollow stomach - perfect for stuffing in legos, cars, Barbie doll heads, etc. :)

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  45. beautiful ragdolls. Would love to win so I can make one for my grandaughter

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  46. Another lovely giveaway! Gorgeous book... Ooo, my most loved toy was my well cuddled Snoopy, with his Red Baron flying outfit and mackintosh and sou'wester

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  47. I had a small grey stuffed kitten I loved when I was a child...

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  48. I had a teddy bear named, "Sammy". He is now over 60 years old and still lives with me. He is quite over loved with very little fuzz left, just some behind his ears. I would love to make two dolls for my grandchildren.
    Sandra

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  49. My favorite was a vintage doll (already vintage at that time) and now 60 years later even more vintage and I loved her dearly and still do! Her name is Rita and I still have her and our friendship is still going strong!

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  50. i have a baby girl who I would love to sew dolls for, My favorite toy was Winnie the pooh.

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  51. My favorite childhood toy was a rag doll that my mother made me. I still have her, although she has lost a lot of her stuffing, and most of her hair.

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  52. What a gorgeous book :) My favourite childhood toy (and still my favourite!) is the teddy bear I creatively named Big Bear... he was given to me as a gift from relatives when I was born, and has been by my side ever since!

    Thanks for the chance, those dolls are so very sweet and I'd love to try my hand at some of them!

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  53. My favorite childhood toys were my breyer horses that I made all sorts of accessories for.

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  54. Always a doll! My favorite doll is a rub a dub doll named Baby Tina. I still have two- and I'm 43. She looks a little rough, but I guess I do too. lol

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  55. I would LOVE the opportunity to win this book so I can start making dolls for my little daughter. Thanks heaps for the chance to win. My favourite toy was a teddy bear called Susie. Once she accidentally got left behind on holiday but the owners of the holiday cottage we were renting posted her back to me in a cornflake box! xxx

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  56. My favorite child toy was legos, I love them. Right now I'm trying to make some dolls for my niece, I have already made a Monster for her, but I'm pretty sure this book will help me a lot. :)

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  57. My favorite childhood toy was the original Strawberry Shortcake doll.

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  58. I had a toy Singer sewing machine that I loved, loved, loved as a child. I made wonky doll clothes for Barbies and other dolls. Oh, how much time I spent with that machine! It probably was instrumental in my lifetime love of sewing.

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  59. I wish I could sew, how adorable! I love looking at the creativity that exists amongst you talented people.

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  60. My favorite tou was my jax set, ohhh! How I loved its portability. Unfortunately I was afraid of dolls as a child and till this day i do not like plastic dolls. I have only bought fabric dolls for my daughter and sewn 3. I would love this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

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