April 18, 2014

Giveaway and review: My Rag Doll


The publishers of My Rag Doll have very kindly sent Feeling Stitchy a copy of My Rag Doll to review. My Rag Doll by Corinne Crasbercu of Made in France fame, shows you how to make a traditional rag doll, how to customise its hair, embroider a range of different faces and how to make a whole wardrobe of clothes, shoes and accessories.



I like how many different clothing options there are, from more traditional dolls in pretty dresses to the more themed bride doll (which I think would make a great wedding gift), ballerina doll (perfect for a ballet obsessed girl) and fairy doll. All the dolls in the book are girls but there is a dungaree pattern and I think you could probably adapt the hair and face embroidery to turn one of the dolls into a boy if you wanted to.

The book is gorgeously photographed and I loved how the various fabric options were displayed however there are no pictures or photographs of the actual steps in making the dolls and clothes and I think these would have been useful for people who are new to making this type of toy. I definitely plan on making one of these dolls (I was planning to for this review but unfortunately time got away from me) but I think, for me personally at least, there's going to be a fair bit of Googling for instructions on how to tea dye fabric and videos for making the hair, as both techniques are quite new to me and I'm more of a visual learner.


If you would like an opportunity to have a go at making some of these heirloom toys, leave a comment below, the closing date for entries is midnight on 25th April, UK time, the competition is open internationally.

73 comments:

  1. I'd love to win this book and give this a try :)

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  2. These heirloom dolls are adorable and their clothing is darling too!

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  3. Aw, cute. I have new grandbabies due in Oct. (twins) and I would love to make a doll or two.

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  4. Rag dolls are so much fun!!!

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  5. I would love to make some dolls for my grandaughter and nieces

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  6. rag dolls are so lovely to treasure i had one my gran made called topsy now long since gone but i did love her

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  7. What a fun looking book! I do a lot of stuffed toy/doll sewing so this is right up my alley.

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  8. I don't have experience making dolls, but would be game to give it a try.

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  9. My mum used to make dolls. I have a granddaughter due this summer, and I would like to continue the tradition.

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  10. I would love to make some of these for my niece. Her birthday is coming and these are perfect.

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  11. evelyne quiltlienApril 18, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    looks so lovely , Last summer I've made a doll my daughter and she sleeps every night with that doll...I would love to make a doll from your book!

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  12. These dolls are so adorable :) I'd love to give making one a go! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!!

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  13. That looks like a great pattern.Reminds me of the dolls my Mom made for me and my children.

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  14. I'd love to make one of these dolls.

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  15. I'd love to make a rag doll. I haven't made any since I was small. I made a few hand sewn dolls and outfits when I was 9 or 10. They weren't bad for one so young. Strangely I haven't made any since.

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  16. I would love to make rag dolls for my granddaughters and this book looks amazing

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  17. Miki The Mint NeedleApril 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    What a delightful doll! I would love to make these for my girls! Thank you for the chance to win:)

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  18. I just found out today that my sister is pregnant - I'd love to make her one of these!

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  19. HI, looks like a very neat book-love to win it!
    Thanks for the giveaway+HAPPY SPRING!

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  20. Pramudita AndaristiApril 18, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    I'm with you, I'm also a visual learner! I like instructions with photos or videos!

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  21. The dolls are so sweet......and I love the clothes!

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  22. How fun! My daughter would LOVE to make one of those dolls!

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  23. These dolls & clothes are ADORABLE!!! Would make several for my Grangirlie!!! Know she will have soooo much fun!! :)

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  24. This book is so adorable, I really hope I win!

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  25. Looks like a great book,love that there is a nice wardrobe for a fun rag doll that I will have fun making. I have my fingers crossed.

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  26. Such a lovely book! The dolls are precious!

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  27. These are really cute dolls! I've been planning to make a rag doll for my daughter for months now. Maybe this book would get me moving!

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  28. The dolls are lovely, and life the clothes too. This book will look lovely in my craft room ��

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  29. Looks like a lovely book. I've sewn a few bits and bobs but never a rag doll - would love to have a go!

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  30. Thank you for this opportunity! I am so in love with the dolls and designs in this book, I have been following the tour and enjoying the new blogs I'm finding! Yours is gorgeous - now to read some more!

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  31. The dolls in this book look fantastic! I love the photograph of the dolls wardrobe with all the dresses hanging up. So sweet!

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  32. Fun! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  33. The book is really gorgeous. Thanks for this chance.

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  34. This looks a fabulous book - I'd love to make a doll for my new great niece!

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  35. My daughter is getting almost old enough for dolls so I would love to start making her some!

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  36. I'm a total visual learner too, I can read and read instructions but with out photos or some type of diagram, it just goes right over my head.

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  37. SandraandAlan MasonApril 19, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Gorgeous, would love to make a rag doll for my Grandaughter

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  38. The dolls and their clothes are adorable, I would love to make one of these doll for my three years old daughter. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.
    Laura

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  39. yellowkitchendreamsApril 19, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Everybody I know is having babies, these would make a lovely gift.

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  40. This looks like such an inspirational book. I have a few friends and family members with little ones that would love a doll. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  41. Those dolls are cute. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book!

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  42. Lovely book! Thanks for the giveaway. sarah@forrussia.org

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  43. I would love to have a go at making one of these for my daughter. When I was a little girl my mum made my sister and I dolls similar to these and they were and still are very special to us both.

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  44. So cute! thanks for the review and giveawaw!

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  45. This book looks absolutely precious! I'd love a chance to make one of these dolls for me (my girls are grown)! Many thanks!

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  46. Thanks for the chance to win - a great giveaway

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  47. Thank you for hosting this giveaway! :)

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  48. I've been wanting to make dolls just like these for my nieces! I had no idea where to start, but this book would be the perfect guide!

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  49. Does this publication have a website? I can't find it anywhere. Thanks!

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  50. I haven't made a doll in many, many years. I would love to try one of these. They look wonderful.

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  51. Yolanda TomaszewskiApril 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Oh How much fun would this be!

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  52. So cute, I'd love to give it a try!

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  53. I would love to try this, thanks for the chance!

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  54. These dolls look so cute that I would like to have a go at them directly. thanks for sharing.

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  55. What a wonderful giveaway! Good luck to all - but hope I win...:-)

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  56. whitedragonstudiosApril 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    I love making rag or cloth dolls--there's just something timeless about them and this book seems to have a good range of clothes to go with it...very important in the dollie world!

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  57. This book was already on my wishlist. I love the dolls and I would loe to make one (or more) for my daughter!

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  58. I've never made one! It would be great to try some of these... they look so cute!!!

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  59. What an adorable book! Thanks for making it available to your readers.

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  60. I have a little girl who I wold love to sew a doll for.

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  61. Thanks for the chance, what a gorgeous book and such sweet dolls! I'd love to try my hand at making them :) LOVE that doll wardrobe photo <3

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  62. I think making the doll clothes in this book would be so much fun. I'd be tempted to work out matching outfits for my great-nieces and their babies.

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  63. Thank you so much for a chance to win. I can't wait to look at this book when it comes out.

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  64. It's ages since I made a rag doll. I love the traditional look of these lovely dolls, and yet they look up to date and not too quirky. I think I would enjoy making one. Thanks for the chance of winning.

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  65. These remind me of the wonderful dolls my mother used to make.

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  66. I'm absolutely loving doll making lately, and these lovely dolls would delight my girls!

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  67. The book looks amazing... I I bought some fabrics that would make a very cute doll dress.

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  68. I would LOVE the opportunity to win this book so I can start making these lovely dolls for my little daughter. Thanks heaps for the chance to win xx

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  69. I absolutely adore this book! It looks just so charming! Thanks for the sneak-peek!

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  70. These are so lovely, and modern-looking too! So many people think "rag doll" and picture ratty, ugly things with very little detail, let alone a wardrobe. I would love to make some of these, and I love the little shoes! I'm at the age where everyone I know is having a baby, and one of these would be a great gift for a boy or girl!

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