My favourite toy when I was a child was a rag doll that my Mum made me for my 4th birthday. She came complete with a wardrobe of clothing made to match some of my own dresses. Pollyanna was very well-loved and I have still have her today. There is something wonderful about rag dolls – they are a lot more cuddly and have more personality than the plastic dolls available today. When Sarah was young, I loved making clothing, accessories and bedding for her dolls. If you love rag dolls as much as we do, you will love My Rag Doll, 11 Adorable Rag Dolls to Sew with Clothes and Accessories by Corinne Crasbercu. It is a sweet book that includes sewing patterns to make up a delightful collection of rag dolls, all with their own fun clothing and accessories.
Corinne Crasbercu is the author of Everything Patchwork (that we reviewed here), is a designer and stylist for Marie Claire Idees (one of our favourite crafty magazines), and has worked as a costumer for film and television. She has is an experienced dressmaker and has assembled a lovely collection of rag dolls. They are all made from the same basic doll pattern – the hair and facial expressions change, and the size gets enlarged to make a wonderful collection of dolls – each with their own distinct personality.
What we love most about the book, apart from the delightful photography and styling, is the wide range of clothes and accessories that you can create. The ballerina doll has a tutu, underskirt, tiara, leotard, shrug, ballet slippers, and barrel bag. The attention to detail is amazing.
The Bedtime Doll has a nightdress, dressing gown, teddy, mules, and cushion. The dolls are so enchanting and would be perfect to encourage imaginative play in young children.
The book comes complete with pattern pieces to make all the dolls and accessories. Most of the pattern pieces need to be enlarged and seam allowances do need to be added as instructed. The directions are clear but there are no step by step photos or diagrams. The book is best suited to intermediate sewers with some experience. The good thing about making rag dolls and their clothing is that they can be made from recycled fabrics – such as old sheets, clothing, etc. You can add scraps of lace and trim, buttons and other embellishments to make each outfit unique. I was inspired to make a Kimono dress from the book. The instructions were easy to follow and I sewed the kimono in under an hour.
Thanks to Stitch Craft Create, one lucky A Spoonful of Sugar reader will win a copy of My Rag Doll by Corinne Crasbercu. To enter, log in to the rafflecopter giveaway box below and do as many of the giveaway steps as you wish. The giveaway is open worldwide and Stitch Craft Create will ship the prize to the winner. The book is due to hit the shelves in May. Giveaway ends 24 April 2014 at midnight, Perth time. Winner will be announced here and by email on April 25. Good Luck!
Check out the other stops on the Blog Book Tour to see more of the book and for more opportunities to win.
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
Disclaimer: Thanks to Stitch Craft Create for supplying us with a review copy of the book. All opinions are our own.