Ages and ages ago I mentioned crochet toilet roll holder dolls in my post More Tea Vicar about tea cosies.
Well, I regularly get searches and even requests for patterns for these lovely retro items.
Like may children of the 70s, we had one of these in our toilet. There seemed to be 2 main styles – crinoline lady and Spanish lady. I’m guessing the popularity of the Spanish variety was due to the rise of foreign holidays to sunny places like Spain.
Anyway, I’ve been meaning to make on of these for a while now and just not getting around to it. Well, drum roll please, I have finally got around to purchasing some dolls! This means I need to get cracking on doing the crochet.
I’ve had a look at some patterns for inspiration. I say inspiration because I don’t think I ever manage to follow a crochet pattern or a food recipe without ‘improving’ it – which to other people just means me fiddling with something that probably works for 99% of the population…
I think I’m going to start with a Spanish inspired creation. I’ve got quite a good selection of nice bright wools in my stash so it would be good to use them up. Once I’ve done that one, I’ll adapt for different colours and styles.
Well, when I say different colours and styles, and if I’m true to form, I mean that my second one is like to be zombie toilet roll holder!
What would be your design or colour combo for one of these? Would you match the colours in your bathroom or go all out for vintage colours and designs?
If you would like one of these dolls to grace the smallest room in your house – then you can find it here Quirky Purple crochet toilet roll cover doll on Etsy.
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Hi my mum has made several of these dresses but we can’t find the dolls to put in them. Any ideas? We are in australia
I buy mine off eBay. Be carefull though as the dolls come in lots of different sizes, so it depends on which size doll your mum crocheted the dresses for. Very often you have to buy in packs of 10.