Simple cloth dolls are a rarity in this day of big box stores and the seeming competition to make the most commercial of commercial dolls. Yes you can find aisles of plastic dolls in any big box store—dolls from all the movies and TV shows that do everything from talk to wet their diapers. But simple childhood dolls that are huggable and soft? Dolls that leave something up to the imagination of the child? That can adapt to any pretend play situation the child comes up with? Those dolls are harder to find.
Luckily for us, there are still those who make simple cloth dolls for children. Reba of Dolly Mama Eugene is one of those people who lovingly handcrafts the kinds of dolls we want our children to have.
These two doll palls have been toted around, tucked into to bed, propped up to eat pretend cherries and blueberries, and have suffered all kinds of booboos and ailments (it's amazing what kinds of things happen when kids play doctor).
But most of all? They have had their outfits changed repeatedly. (Dolly Mama Eugene sells lots of doll clothes besides the ones that come with her dolls. I especially like these boy briefs and this super hero cape!!)
Here's what Reba says about her dolls in her etsy profile:
Dolly Mama Eugene dolls are made for all ages, with double stitching on all the doll bodies for durability and a long lasting life. I create all my own doll and doll clothing patterns. I feel it’s important to do what I can for our environment, and use hemp and organic cotton materials whenever possible. After much experimenting, I find a cotton polyester blend for stuffing gives the best results in softness and wash-ability. Some of the doll clothing is made from wonderful scraps and remnants I’m given from other local artisans.
Each time I complete a doll I put it in my hands and have it do a little dance to send it on it's way…
Dolly Mama Eugene dolls come in a wonderful variety of skin colors—brown, white, and everything in between. Even blue! And fairy dolls with wings! And there is a wide range of hair colors and styles available as well. I highly recommend heading over to her shop to see all the different adorable dolls and doll clothes she sells. (By the way, shipping is free within the United States and Canada and apparently reasonable elsewhere.)
Cloth Doll Giveaway!
Would you like to welcome one of these cloth dolls into your family? Dolly Mama Eugene is offering one of her $45 dolls as a giveaway to one lucky winner. Winner can choose the skin tone and diaper color of the doll. To enter, leave a comment to this post by Tuesday, October 2nd at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be chosen by random number generator and announced here on Wednesday. (I will also e-mail the winner.) This giveaway is open to all readers worldwide.
Giveaway now closed.
The random number generator gave me number 39, so Jana wins the giveaway. Congrats, Jana! (I will e-mail you as well…)
How wonderful! These would be perfect for my sister's kids, as they don't use plastic toys. And I love that they can still have long hair for styling. Super!