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Cabbage Patch Kids

The assignment for the design team was to create a layout inspired by pop culture from the decade we were born. This is relatively difficult because I do not remember the 70's. However, as I was researching Pop Culture from the 70's, I ran across a familiar name- Xavier Roberts. In 1978, Xavier Roberts created "Little People" who would later be known as Cabbage Patch Kids. 

"During the 1983 Christmas season, parents in the United States frantically searched everywhere for the coveted Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. While many stores had extremely long waiting lists, others had a first-come first-serve policy, which led to shocking, vicious fights between potential buyers. By the end of the year, approximately three million Cabbage Patch Kids dolls had been "adopted" (

I remember how much I wanted a Cabbage Patch Kid and that feeling is what inspired my layout. I used the white grid paper that can be found at for this page. Although the black paper also looked nice, the white paper helped the old photo to appear a bit less yellow (although it is still a terrible photo).

I used a photo from the day my younger sister and I received our first Cabbage Patch Kids (Krissy & Luanna) in the top left, a brief history of Cabbage Patch Kids in the upper right, two stories that I remember about our CPKs in the bottom left, and a current photo of me with my first CPK  (also the naked boy cabbage Patch Doll I share in my story) in the bottom right position. My oldest daughter was kind enough to take the photo. She did hesitate and remind me that she was photographing me outside with a doll and the neighbors could see. :)

To be 16 again...

Here is a copy of my stories:


What I remember about Cabbage Patch Kids:


I remember the day I received my first Cabbage Patch Kid. It was Jami’s birthday and although I remember feeling excited Jami got one for her birthday, I still wanted one of my own. My mom came out and gave me a shoe box sized gift. (It was the wrong shape for a Cabbage Patch Kid). I was so happy to open it and find Luanna Franny, my own CPK. She was perfect; that is, except for the burnt biscuit in her diaper. Thanks mom! The picture above is from that very day… With Jami, her CPK Krissy, Luanna, and me.


          The other story about a CPK is one that I am not proud to tell: One day, my brother found a naked boy CPK abandoned in his car. Anyway, my brother gave the CPK to Jami. At this point, I was very jealous that Jami had more. So… I asked her for it, then begged her for it… then cried for it (yes, cried). Jami finally felt bad for me and gave it to me. I took it, stopped crying and walked off. It was mine!!!

Don't Judge me... I was just a kid. :)

Here also is a copy of the brief history that I put on my page:

The History of Cabbage Patch Kids began with the birth of the Cabbage Patch dolls in the mid 1970's when Xavier Roberts, an American art student used "needle molding" fabric sculpture techniques and quilting skills acquired from his mother to create the first "little people" dolls. His concept was especially unique in that he also developed the marketing ploy of 'adopting' the little dolls and included adoption certificates in their packaging.

By 1982, Xavier's phenomenal success evolved into a long term licensing agreement with a major toy manufacturer, during which those 'little people' became "Cabbage Patch Kids".  The end of 1983 saw 3 million of these dolls sold and still a demand for more!  They were featured on the cover of Newsweek and considered to be the most successful new doll in the American toy industry's history, a success that continues to this day.


Shared by Billi Glenn on April 28, 2013 | Memory Date: April 28, 2013
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Wow, I didn't remember the name of my first Cabbage Patch until now! Good Job sis!
Posted By: Jami Van Sickle-davidson  |  September 13, 2013 at 5:23 pm   
Love the colors and the story. It's not overdone; it's just right. I like the sense of color and balance. Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  May 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm   
I was 12 or 13 when those dolls first came out and I remember telling my mom I wanted one. She said I was too old, but I really liked them and asked for one for my birthday. She said $18 for a doll??!! Then the craze started...they were going for up to $200 and no one could find them! She felt bad for not having gotten me one when they were a "bargain" at $18. I never got one, but I did get over it. Glad you got one...and then another. Love your the memories!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  May 5, 2013 at 2:49 am   
I love your cabbage patch memories. So glad you were finally able to catch an "up and running" moment to post.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  May 3, 2013 at 2:02 am   
I too, remember the days of the Cabbage Patch Kids and how parents were getting into fights over them!!!! I love your layout and the colors you used! Great job
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  May 2, 2013 at 2:17 am   
Love the layout! Nice colors love the then and now pictures. Boy, can I relate to this! In 1983 I had to make one of those dolls to get one for my youngest step daughter Amanda. I'm not sure if we were too poor and/or if the stores were sold out. It still came with a birth certificate and name like the store bought ones. Had to use a very long needle to make all those knees,elbows etc. The doll's name was Christina. She took that doll everywhere until it needed to be thrown away after being washed too many times. Still have a photo of my husband with the doll on a scale. Love the story to go with this layout too! Great job :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  April 29, 2013 at 11:04 pm   
Perseverance pays off! Nice page pattern, love the layered mats for the photos and title. Pearls are a nice embellishment, in keeping with the dotted patterned paper and "The history of..." works well with your personal story.
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  April 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm   

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