Custom Handmade Rag Dolls

Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Announcement    Welcome to the Busl Barn! Design a custom doll to look just like the person it is gifted for with hand embroidery and personalization included!


Last updated on Jan 13, 2019

Welcome to the Busl Barn! Design a custom doll to look just like the person it is gifted for with hand embroidery and personalization included!


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From Mini-Pixie Dolls to Custom Rag Dolls

I love to sew...anything and everything! My mother is a master seamstress and taught all three of her daughters to use a sewing machine by 8 years of age. From quilts, to baby clothes, to handmade rag dolls sewing is my stress release and favorite way to spend "spare time" as full time mommy with four active children. By education, I am a registered nurse and enjoyed working labor and delivery for 5 years before choosing to focus on my growing family. Besides sewing, I love to run, cook and spend quality time in the great outdoors with my family and amazing husband.

As for my upbringing in the hills of Appalachia Tennessee, I can remember as a child my mother hand making pixie rag dolls for us to play with. Simplicity at its best...natural materials, sweet friendly characteristics, vintage fabrics. With the upcoming birth of my daughter in 2012, I began hunting for similar realistic looking dolls for her to play with. Let's face it; every little girl needs a doll, right?!

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the mass produced make-up plastered dolls on the market. Does anyone value simplicity anymore? That's when I stumbled upon a few of my mothers handmade pixie dolls tucked away in the attic. From a simple pattern along with my own drawings, I designed a larger version of her rag dolls imagining what I would want for my own little girl...and so, my rag dolls were born. The natural fibers of cotton and linen are warm and feel more 'real' than plastic. My dolls, quilts and quiet books flow out of a desire to recreate the beauty and purity of times gone by...the good ole' days before plastics were even invented.

Doll making for me is a fluid process...I am constantly adjusting patterns and improving processes such as the way I embroider, attach the hair, or appliqué. Despite the tedious process of stuffing the arms and legs, my dolls are so much fun to create because of their vintage look, warm natural feel and the way each doll develops it's own personality upon completion. In an effort to reduce our global footprint and make a happier planet, I value using true repurposed fabrics and eco-friendly materials whenever possible. In fact, my grandmother just recently cleaned out her attic, and I inherited her huge collection of vintage and antique sewing supplies; threads on wooden spools, antique buttons, fabric remnants and even left over lace from my mother's wedding dress, all of which I love to utilize with almost every doll, quilt or quiet book I make.

I'm amazed and humbled at how small this planet really is and how global my dolls have become, shipping to 11 different countries such as New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Israel! My shop, The Busl Barn, is where I get to share my handmade original designs with you.

So, jump right in and join me in the creative process by customizing your doll to look just like the child it is gifted for. I love creating custom rag dolls for my nieces, nephews, and many of my friends children. They make the perfect keepsake gift for Christmas, birthdays and are sure to become an heirloom for generations to come.

Thanks for stopping by the Busl Barn! I hope you find something to brighten your life & your home or a treasured gift for the little child you adore!

*Photo credits: Thanks to Sabrina Stanford ( and Jessica Fitzgerald ( for the amazing job of capturing real-life play with my dolls.

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  • Michelle Busl

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    I am a Christian, wife of 13 years to an amazing man, mother of four precious children, registered nurse, enjoy anything outdoors...hiking, trail running, rafting and of course, I love to sew!

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Last updated on April 30, 2022
Hello and welcome to the busl barn! I love creating and designing handmade rag dolls, quiet books, quilts, teddy bears, blankets, burp cloths and whatever else sparks my interest!

Using repurposed vintage & natural eco-friendly materials, my creations are one of a kind heirloom treasures made by me in my clean, smoke and pet free home with only the highest quality fabrics, threads and yarn.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
In order to ensure that my customers always receive a freshly made and unused item; order cancellations, returns, or exchanges are not possible.
Prompt payment is expected. Paypal and direct checkout is preferred.

*Make sure to specify the name you would like hand embroidered on the back of your dolls dress in the 'notes to seller' at checkout along with any other custom requests.

*All orders will ship via United States Postal Service with either first class or priority mail depending on weight. A delivery confirmation email will be sent to the customer once the order is shipped. Please feel free to contact me prior to purchasing if you would like your order to be shipped Express Mail. The price for shipping will be adjusted accordingly, and I will create a custom listing for you to purchase.

*The buyer is responsible for all customs, taxes, duties, etc. involved.
(Please be advised that orders from the UK may be subject to high custom charges).

*While it is extremely rare that any of these things happen, please understand that the busl barn cannot be responsible for the USPS or another country's postal system: this includes lost, damaged, or stolen items after delivery. If this is a concern, please contact me prior to purchasing so that we can discuss the additional insurance cost and I'll get a custom listing set up with correct shipping rate right away.

Please note:

*In an effort to reduce our global carbon footprint and make a happier planet, an invoice is not included unless specifically asked for.

*If sending as a gift directly to the recipient, I am more than happy to include a note from you; please let me know what you would like it to say in the "notes to seller" box during checkout.
Additional policies and FAQs
-CUSTOM ORDERS: I love custom orders! Please feel free to message me with your dreams, desires and wishes. The sky's the limit!

-WHOLESALE: While I am more than happy to put together large orders, please keep in mind that all my items are handmade by me and not manufactured; you are welcome to message me for wholesale pricing.

-DOLL DETAILS: Perfect gift for first birthdays, baby showers, Christmas, and stocking stuffers! They could be used as a decorative addition to a little girls room bringing warmth and ageless appeal. Suitable for ages 3+ boys and girls alike-for imaginative play, loving, and learning!

Each doll is MADE TO ORDER and may differ slightly from the one pictured in the listing.
The doll is machine stitched and appliqued for durability and quality. The face is delicately hand embroidered and the body is stuffed with washable non-allergenic premium fiberfill. The yarn hair is meticulously cut and machine stitched together, then hot glued and hand sewn to the head. Handmade by me in my smoke and pet free home.

-PERSONALIZE: You can name your doll after the child it is gifted for! The name will be hand embroidered on the back of the doll's dress.

-SAFETY: Dolls with button decorations are not recommended for children under 3 years of age. These dolls make wonderful first dolls, but babies and small children should always be supervised during play. If this doll is desired for a child under 3 years, I can replace the buttons with another suitable dress decoration. Just state your request for button removal in the "notes to seller" at checkout.

-CLEANING: Spot cleaning is recommended.