The Christmas Gift

This Christmas, I got lots of nice presents but my favourite is a list of stores written on a gift list of stores searchedscrap of paper. It’s about the gift that didn’t happen, but not for lack of trying.

My brother and I went to Saint John in mid November. In the uptown mall, Brunswick Square, the annual Christmas craft fair was happening.  Beautiful objects beautifully displayed.

I said to my brother, “I want to look for knitting or crocheting tables. I’m looking for a crocheted toilet roll cover.”  “Huh?” he said. “You know, you used to see them years ago – pretty lady dolls with skirts that covered the roll of paper, or poodles on top, or a hat.”  “Oh, I’ve seen hundreds of those – the Sally Ann, Value Village, anywhere.” “I’ve never seen one there, and I’ve been looking, so if you find one get it!”

Acres of crocheting but…

There were acres of tables of knitted and crocheted goods, complete with ladies with needles clacking and hooks hooking. Kitchen towels, scarves, hats, mittens – all lovely but nary a toilet roll cover.

etsy-crochet-dollI hadn’t thought of them in years until we moved and I realized that in the upstairs bathroom there was nothing that worked right to keep an extra roll handy. I remembered the dolls, beautiful in hats and huge skirts, and the poodles. We never had one in our house when I was a kid, but some friends’ mothers had them as did elderly people we used to visit. I thought they were just too wonderful for words. The epitome of la-de-da. Even as an adult, I’d never had one or even thought of them until this autumn when I realized it was just the ticket for our bathroom.

toilet covers handmadebymother.blogspot-2010-09Since then, I’ve continued to look in thrift stores and craft stores but with no luck. My brother remembered, and also looked. Before Christmas he made an all out effort, but to no avail. So I got the list instead. Seventeen stores in three cities – thrift, craft, gift, dollar and hardware. Indeed, it is the thought that counts. This thought also entailed a lot of driving and going in and out of stores. Thank you.

Go to Handmade by Mother for these and lots of other poodle patterns. The beautiful doll is from Etsy. I also found her on Pinterest, with, I think, the pattern for her dress.

Update: My brother told a friend about his unsuccessful search and she crocheted me one! So a gift doubled.

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  1. I would love to have this doll dress pattern. Years ago, I had it & made several then. But don’t have it now. Have looked every where. Please send this to me. Thanks a bunch!

    1. Hi Kinzia, if you look at the bottom of the post, you’ll see a link in green to this doll on Etsy. I think the pattern is there but you have to join to see more. I haven’t found her anywhere else. Hope you can find the pattern!

    1. Hi Konda – and others interested in the pattern for the doll dress – I may have found it, on Pinterest. I’ll add the link to the post itself. I’m not on Pinterest so can’t see the whole thing. But if you’re signed up for it, or want to, the pattern might be there in Spanish. There are loads of other very pretty dolls and dresses there as well.

  2. How do I go about getting the pattern for the yellow toilet paper doll holder? I would appreciate any information you can give me. Thank you. My email address is

    1. Hi Kim, I found the picture of the doll with the yellow dress on etsy, already made I think. Here’s a pattern from handmadebymother for an Easter doll but halfway down the post is a pattern for a basic dress. And on crochetnmore there’s a pattern for a fancier dress but maybe it could be modified. Sorry I can’t find a pattern just like this one – she is beautiful, isn’t she.

  3. My mother in law (may she rest in peace) made lots of these dolls and also air freshener dolls. If you are still interested please email me.

    1. Hi Barbara, thanks for writing. I still haven’t found one! I’ll email you.

    2. Would like to have the pattern if you have it.

    3. Hi Barbara…I am very interested in a pattern for the yellow doll above and would appreciate your help. Are you on Etsy? All the patterns I have found are too complicated for me but this one looks easier. My e-mail is and my name is Judy!

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