When it comes to rag dolls, there is none more recognizable than button-eyed Raggedy Ann and her brother, Raggedy Andy.
The little dolls with their shock of bright red hair were “born” during World War I, when European doll manufacturers switched from producing toys to making goods for the war effort.
But little children still needed childhood toys, especially ones that help children learn and grow. Handmade rag dolls became popular because most people could make them out of scrap cloth.
Raggedy Ann was the idea of artist, illustrator, cartoonist and author Johnny Gruelle, a newspaper man. The doll grew out of necessity when his daughter, Marcella, gave him a rag doll and asked him to draw on a face. He named the doll after two poems written by Whitcomb Riley, “The Raggedy Man” and “Little Orphan Annie.”
Gruelle went on to write stories about the little doll and her friends; the Camel with Wrinkled Knees, Beloved Belindy and Uncle Clem, for the next 20 years. The literary characters have taught generations of children the love of reading and earned legions of fans all the while teaching values of trustworthiness, kindness to others and loyalty.
I made a bookmark for you to use with your favorite books using a photo of Raggedy Andy that I found at http://www.dltk-teach.com/books/raggedy/bookmark.html. You will need to print the bookmark photo and cut it out to make this craft.
Supplies you will need:
- Printer with colored ink
- Red yarn
- Piece of cardboard, such as an old cereal box
- Hole punch
Print out your pattern from the website. Cut it out.
Fold the paper in half along the center line.
Carefully trace around the doubled piece of paper onto a piece of cardboard.
Cut the cardboard the same size as the paper.
Glue the paper to the cardboard.
Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark for a tassel.
Make a tassel by wrapping yarn around your hand a few times to form a big loop about 5 inches long.
Cut off a 5-inch piece of yarn and slip through the loop at one end. Tie it with a knot.
Cut another piece of yarn about 10 inches long and wrap it around the loop about an inch above the end you have tied.
Cut through the yarn loop at the opposite end and trim ends to the same length.
Thread the string at the opposite end of the tassel through the hole and tie off.
Kathy Antoniotti writes a craft column for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal. If you have a craft idea or question, contact Kathy Antoniotti, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron Ohio 44309-0640; (330) 996-3565; or firstname.lastname@example.org.