Photo Credit: Rag Dolls at Lynde House, courtesy of the Whitby Historical Society

Ontario Culture Days has partnered with the Whitby Historical Society and Lynde House Museum to present a 3-part series of videos on heritage activities that you can try at home.

This video is part of Ontario Culture Days’ Creative Residency program.

Since the beginning of history, children have enjoyed creating and playing with dolls. Digitally join instructor Patty Davis in the Lynde House Parlour and learn how to easily make an old-fashioned doll of your own. The program will cover two types of dolls, yarn dolls and rag dolls.

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Want to make your own doll? Check out the materials list below:


Yarn Doll:

Yarn – Medium Weight (all lengths are approximate)

20M for body, 2.5M for hair, 2.5M for apron

Bodkin or Darning Needle

Scissors or clippers

Paperback book – approximately 11 x 19 x 2/5 cm (4 x 6 x 1.5 inches) size


Rag Doll:

1 – 24 x 24 inch square of cotton for body

1 – 12 x 17 inch rectangle of cotton for arms

1 – 2.5 x 6 inch rectangle of cotton for bonnet

1 – 4 x 6 inch rectangle of cotton for apron

3 ft Narrow ribbon for ties Scissors to trim edges

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About Lynde House Museum and the Whitby Historical Society

The Whitby Historical Society is an organization actively dedicated to the preservation of history and heritage by providing a variety of community outreach and educational programs. In an agreement with the Town of Whitby, the Whitby Historical Society also operates the Lynde House Museum, sustaining an extensive collection of historical artifacts, and acts as an archive for both the written and pictorial history of Whitby and Southern Ontario. The oldest house in Durham Region, Lynde House was originally located on a large 200-acre farm beside Lynde Creek on Dundas Street in Whitby, Ontario. Today, the museum offers tours, visits and programming for visitors wanting to learn more about life in the early 1800s.

Feature Image: Rag Dolls at Lynde House, courtesy of the Whitby Historical Society