Approximately 30 years ago there lived a little girl whose mother read her one chapter of the Little House on the Prairie book series every single night before bed. Okay, that was me – I just didn’t want to give away my age. Teehee! Anyway, Little House on the Prairie introduced us to the idea of “rag curls” which are essentially long strips of fabric that you roll your hair around then tie to secure. This process is done when the hair is wet or damp and then normally slept in and removed in the morning. As a little girl, I loved it when my mom put my hair up in rags, but as I grew older the curls were a little bit too tight, kinky and uncontrollable for my taste.
As a mom who used to get her hair wound up in rags quite often, I felt duty-bound to create a rag type curler for my girls that would be comfortable enough to sleep in, like mine were, but wouldn’t create the tight, uncontrollable curls that I disliked. Secretly, my two younger girls – who ask me to curl their hair all of the time, could probably care less about a kinky curl. In fact, they’d probably prefer it.
At any rate, I recently created an updated version of the vintage rags that I grew up with. Mine allow for cushioned curls with cute little ties! I was able to solve the tight and kinky issue, making looser curls! Yay! Here is Ivy’s hair after having her hair done up in my new rag curlers for several hours. As you can probably tell, her hair wasn’t completely dry when I took them out but it still worked pretty well! She loves them and maybe I can even put them in my hair again like the good ‘ole days. I’ll just need my mom to do it for me.
Next Thursday I’ll post the free pattern and sewing tutorial so stay tuned, Crafty Curly Friends!
UPDATE: As promised, find the sewing pattern and tutorial here – Vintage Rag Curlers Pattern & Tutorial