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Project Cabbage Patch

Xavier Roberts Presents Cabbage Patch Kids Designer Clothes

Submitter: Please note (you can see the call number on the front) that this item was in reference. The doll on the bottom right on the front cover may in fact be the source of the rumour that Cabbage Patch Kids were intended to desensitize the population to nuclear warfare.

Holly: Ha!  Wikipedia says that Cabbage Patch Kids were manufactured to desensitize the public to mutated children as a result of nuclear war.  Ok, ok, there are doll collectors and doll crafters that will love this book – even today.  If you have space, it’s not so bad.  If you have to choose, this should be replaced by books about sewing for Blythe dolls, Bratz dolls, or some other more current doll.  How is this useful to anyone as a reference book, though?  (BTW…I had totally forgotten about Garbage Pail Kids.  Thanks for this stroll down memory lane, submitter!)



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  • Seems like it’s a keeper (CPKs are pretty standard-size dolls, so the clothes should fit any baby doll), but move it to the arts/crafts section. Why in the world is a book of sewing patterns in reference where you can’t check it out and use it?

    • It’s probably in Reference so that people can’t take them home and cut out the patterns. Just a guess.

      • I agree that it’d be a keeper for me. Okay, cabbage patch kids are old news but there are all sorts of baby dolls out there that cabbage patch kids clothes would fit.
        Until you find a better book that has clothes for baby dolls.

  • Many of your culled titles remind me just how old I am (don’t even get me started on Burt Reynolds), and this is one of them. I remember the national breaking news report of a store clerk standing atop a counter, waving a baseball bat at the seething crowd that wanted to buy Cabbage Patch dolls with a vengeance. I know someone who must have cashed in her child’s college savings to get the doll from a scalper. It was that expensive back then. I think the book has value for antique and vintage collectors. Only.

  • I never knew about the nuclear war thing lol. I do recall the Garbage Pail kids though.

  • My daughter is currently playing with one of those dolls (the top middle doll) and her doll has one of those Jog Togs for Tots outfits. Hmm…maybe I should update her toybox. (Love that the workout dolls are drinking Diet Pepsi Free, that’s my beverage of choice when I workout.)

  • My grandmother had that book. My CPKs had HUGE wardrobes including most of the outfits in these pictures. My mom and grammy both have tons of CPKs (I would say somewhere around 100 each) rescued from garage and second hand stores. It’s a “thing”.

    This book would need some tweaking if anyone wanted to make something for todays dolls since the bodies are different. The clothes might also fit American Girl type dolls.

    Weed it if it isn’t getting attention but doll clothes will always have someone interested.

  • pff..i would rather see these dolls than bratz dolls anyways, although i think both are kind of ugly.

  • Awww, I remember these dolls! Still have them since someone once told me they would be a collector’s item.

  • The original Cabbage Patch Kids (not the plastic Coleco ones) are still being made, and they still cost an arm and a leg. Within the past decade, in fact, Babyland General Hospital has been expanded. One can visit the nursery and the premature ward, and one can even watch repairs being done in the operating theater.

    I am not making this up. I’ve been there. And it was not as horrifying as the Precious Moments Chapel.

  • Oh, I discovered that Babyland General Hospital has recently moved into a much larger facility outside town, and I forgot the links:

    Babyland General Hospital

    Precious Moments Chapel

  • Garbage Pail kids–much better.

  • Love the vintage diet Pepsi can … always a clue that a book is getting a little too old 🙂

  • I may be reconciled to the horrors of nuclear war sooner than to the phrase “Frolic Duds.”

  • My Grandma made clothing for my CPK’s doll. Probably because I begged her long ago when I was 4 or 5. I still have the doll and I still have the clothing. Actually, I still have the ‘birth certificate’ that came with the doll.

  • I thought they were hideous when I was 6 in 1984, and I still find them hideous. Someone once banked up a toilet at my primary school with one, and I saluted their taste.

    • I was born in 1980, and I thought they were hideous, as well. My grandma got me one at the peak of their popularity (1984-ish?), and I refused to go near it. I think she still has the thing in her house somewhere… lurking… *shudder*

  • I had a “transvestite” CPK. My aunt bought one for me, and in all of the mania, she was only able to find a boy doll with an afro. I cried because I wanted a girl, so my family quickly assured me that it was just a girl with short hair. It was wearing a gender-neutral sweatsuit, so I fell for the ruse. My grandma made me a whole collection of dresses for “Christina,” and I still have him/her!

  • Leonora Stacey and Roscoe Monroe, I miss you! Cherry, I’m so sorry I gave you make up with colored pencils…never did come off…

  • Ha! I was going to suggest selling the book on ebay, but you beat me to suggesting this book might be quite valuable to a collector.

  • I loved my Cabbage Patch Kid! I got in trouble for giving her a haircut one day though… My mom loves to remind me how she stood in line at Toys R Us at 5 AM one Christmas season to get me a doll. Thanks Mom!

  • My mother just dumped all of my childhood toys, including my CPKs, on me. Unfortunately, I don’t sew, so I wouldn’t have much use for this book, especially if it sat in reference.
    Oh, and I was apparently dense as a kid, because I called my first CPK Xavier, which is the name of whoever he is and whatever he calls/called himself – parental unit? gardener? cult leader? -, not the name of the doll. I forgot what my female ones are named, so here’s hoping I find the birth certificates when I rummage around through the rest of the boxes.

    As a side note: does anyone else’s family make fun of the fact that California Pizza Kitchen has the same initials as Cabbage Patch Kids?

  • I think my CPK and all the clothes that my parents’ friends (my mom didn’t sew) made for them are gone. I think I had the blond one and I know I had a boy one with brown hair. At some point I also had a pony and a Koosa. Geez, this brings back memories!

  • I’ll bet the book was in reference to keep it from being stolen (“lost” by one of the patrons). I’m sure my daughter still has her Cabbage Patch doll with its birth certificate too.

  • not sure I agree this is one for weeding. Cabbage Patch (& American Girl) dolls are the kind of thing people save for their own children & grandchildren; I predict that will not be true of Bratz dolls. It could be the reason this copy still exists is it wasn’t in general circulation. I don’t know about these books specifically, but I do know several library districts retired their copies of 18″ doll patterns because they were so bedraggled only to learn they could not be replaced.

  • When I was a young, poor Library Student, I actually used this book to make (larger) patterns so I could sew shirts and shorts for my son. Maybe that’s why he turned out really weird.

  • I had a kid’s book about the story of the Cabbage Patch kids, but there was no mention of nuclear war, obviously. I do remember pictures of Cabbage Patch kid heads inserted into heads of cabbage in a garden to simulate their “births,” which is freaky enough in itself. “Honey, there’s a plush baby head in the cabbage again!” I wonder how you’d harvest that?

  • The claim that Cabbage Patch Dolls were manufactured to desensitize the public to children born after nuclear war is a hoax. Both Wikipedia and the original submitter acknowledge this, so I don’t know how it came up as fact in Holly’s notes.


    • All good librarians know the perils of wikipedia! We just thought it was funny…

      • I probably could have worded that better, couldn’t I? That’s what I get for trying to be funny (and posting while doing like six other things at the same time). Sorry – glad you added the Snopes link.

  • I sincerely doubt the nuclear war thing is true. It’s Wikipedia where anyone can go in and edit. I once found someone had changed the Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants entry to read that the lead characters were transvestites.

    I loved CPK when I was little and still have a ton of them. I don’t remember any of their names.

  • Just found your site — I’m a media assistant in Portland, Ore. and can relate 😉

  • Heavens – I remember, there was a woman in our church back in the day who had a Cabbage Patch Doll. She called it her daughter. She carried it with her everywhere and treated it like a baby, to the point of showing off the adoption certificate to everyone and insisting they also relate to it like a newborn.

    People were really strange about those ugly little things.

    • Have you heard of “reborn” dolls? Google it if you want to be creeped out.

      (*Some* of the reborn-doll-people don’t pretend that their dolls are actual babies, but quite a few do. It’s a whole subculture. A very, very sad subculture.)

      • ew ew ew ew! Just read the wikipedia article

        However the wiki article on the ‘uncanny valley’ was a fascinating explaination of why we feel creeped out by these too-human-like things.

    • Remember that tabloid article about the older, childless couple that supposedly prayed to Satan to bring their CPK to life and the doll tried to kill the wife?

  • My favourite smell in the world is that of a cabbage patch doll’s head. Ahhh, the good old 1980s.

  • It’s hard to believe that people stood in line for hours to buy these for their kids/grandkids for Christmas 1984. It was the first of the “must have at any cost” Christmas toys. I remember a boss of mine who was threatening to sue her neighbor because the neighbor’s kid wrote on the face of her (the boss’s) daughter’s Cabbage Patch doll. Jeez!

  • I never had one, I had Magic Nursery dolls. I still have them. 🙂 A few years back (even though I’m 25) I was tempted to buy a cabbage patch doll.

  • My first reaction was, “aaaw! I miss my Cabbage Patch!” Then I got to the second picture and had to giggle at the “we must, we must…” It took everything in my being not to end it with, “increase our bust.”

  • These are actually useful patterns for making clothes for really small babies. I used them to make a complete wardrobe for one of my cousins almost twenty years ago. I wish my library had this on the shelf.