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Wee Wonderfuls Giveaway: Tell Us About Your Favorite Doll and Win a Free STC Craft Book

While looking through Wee Wonderfuls, it's impossible not to think about the dolls we treasured as children. In fact, just recently, Melanie and I were reminiscing about our personal favorites.

Shown above is my stuffed bear, Smokey, who I've had nearly my whole life. Below is Melanie's old-fashioned girl, a gift given to her by her grandmother when she was about 5 years old. While I took Smokey on many adventures--vacations, camping, sleepovers--Melanie says that she kept her doll close to home, sometimes playing with her pretty dress and bonnet and the lacy petticoat and bloomers underneath.

Did you have a special doll when you were a child? Tell us about your doll in the Comments section below. On October 25, 2010, at noon EST, we will choose 3 people at random to receive the STC Craft book of his or her choice. Check out the choices here and here. Meanwhile, we hope Wee Wonderfuls inspires you to make dolls to be treasured by the wee ones in your life. 

Reader Comments (383)

I had many favorite dolls. One of them, Molly, was a handmade cloth doll with cross-stitched features.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I had a doll growing up that was wonderful ... she had the rubber arms, legs and head but her body was cloth and stuffed. I loved her so much that she fell apart. I can see her in my minds eye ... gone but not forgotten!

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelsa

What a wonderful giveaway! Your books are all WONDERFUL! :) My favorite doll growing up (and still) is a Raggedy Ann doll my mom made me. She is perched on my desk right now!

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoelle

My grandmother had a doll that was and old woman in a bonnet and skirt on one end, then you flipped it over, turned the skirt, and the big bad wolf in a bonnet and skirt was on the other end! I loved it, and just thought it was the coolest thing ever! I have peeked through Wee Wonderfuls, and see that there is a pattern for a similar "flipping doll". It's fate!!!!

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersam

I have an Amercan Girl Doll, Josefina-I carried her around so much her arm popped off and she had to go to the doll hospital!

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

I have two favorite dolls and I got them both for Christmas when i was 7 years old. Its my Shirley Temple doll and my Raggety Ann Doll. I still have them and I am 46 years old now. All my other dolls got haircuts because my sister was studying cosmetology and I was trying to be like her...LOL I think they got tossed because they were all bald!!

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill Dupre

My favorite doll was my American girl doll Kirsten. My aunt, a talrnted seamstress, made her a fantastic period wardrobe!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMartha

I had a Raggedy Ann doll, from around 1 or 2 yrs old, and my best friend had the same one so we took them everywhere. Raggedy is an apt name. I still have her! I used to chew her hair so poor Ann has a bald spot in the back but looks lovely when placed facing out on my bookshelf. I found out recently, via facebook (where my pal and I reconnected) that hers got so icky her mom bought a new one every year and did a sneaky swap.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenlyjen

When I was a little girl, my answer to "what do you want to be when you grow up?" was always the same - "A Mommy." I was never without a "baby," so I have many, many special memories of dolls I loved and cared for throughout my childhood. Now that I have little girls of my own, I'm delving into doll making myself in hopes of providing my girls with companions they'll love and treasure for years to come.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTara

My favorite animal was my Furry Folk rabbit, named Wilfred. I got him for Christmas when I was nine and longed for a pet rabbit. He was a puppet so I could make his him rub his nose with his paws and hop around. I still have him tucked away in my linen closet.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrigit

Pebbles! I must have been so jealous of Wilma on the Flintstones that I named her after her daughter! Her hair is a mess and she has a circa 1971 band aid on her wrist to connect her hand to her arm! She's still adorable in my eyes.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

My baby doll Mary was so well loved, that she had no hair left in the front. She is still at my mother's "special toys" box for safe keeping!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I had a favorite doll that I sadly no longer have. I have my memories though -- it was a clown named Bo bo. In fact I think my mother bought two of them because I seem to remember having a "new" one at some point. I still think about it and it might have sparked my interest in making dolls. Hilary certainly gave me the motivation to start collecting and making dolls again when I discovered her wonderful blog in 2005 and was able to purchase a few of the dolls she made. I LOVE her book and think it is the best book out there on modern doll making! congrats STC--she's an amazing talent and I hope to see lots more from her in the future!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersusanintexas

To tell you the truth, I had two favorite dolls as a child. First was one that I had that belonged to my grandmother. It was a raggedy little thing but I used to sew dresses for her and make hats for her. She was most likely my most beloved doll. The second favorite was my rainbow brite doll! I know... but I loved it sooo much!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia Nasios

A neighbor gave me a beautiful wedding doll when I was a wee girl. He told my mother that he wanted me to actually play with it and not to put it on a shelf. My Mom says that I took it with me everywhere (including outside on the farm) and finally it was so dirty that she had to throw it away. Now I make dollie quilts for my grandnieces. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia W.

When I was six months old, a neighbor gave me a rag doll that was about 18 inches tall; I named her Peggy. By the time I was nearly three, she was falling apart. My mother told me that if I put her under the Christmas tree she'd grow up. Christmas morning, I found a 41 inch doll! In five years, even the new Peggy was worn out so for my eighth birthday she was remade yet again. The pattern was from McCall's, and I still have it. I still have the doll as well. With her cloth skin and yarn hair, I think she is one of the reasons that I went to school for fashion design. The skills that I've learned have helped me to maintain her in the absence of my mother who I lost ten years ago.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith Moss

i had a 8 inch tall doll and i loved lay dress up with her, she was a blondie :D
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September 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersy

My teddy bear and my security blanket were must haves for sleeping. They happen to both be hand-me-downs (blanket from a cousin, teddy bear a gift to my mom from her high school boyfriend). Teddy and Silky came with me to college too (although they weren't must haves anymore).

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

I had a pair of well loved Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, they were a gift from my grandparents. Mom still has them tucked away for me. They had the most wonderful outfits and the thing I loved most about them was the embroidered red heart each had on their chests, so sweet. Thanks!

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I too had a very well loved Raggedy Ann doll. I also had a very well loved black Lab ... in my twenties my dog ate my doll. So sad.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

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