A few years ago we had the silly idea of making toilet roll covers. Everything revolved around the word- play in their titles. We made about fifty covers and they all had 'roll', 'paper', 'tissue', or similar words, in their names. For example: Swiss Roll was a red cover with a white cross, to represent the Swiss flag; a pink pig was Ham Roll; Paper Tiger was self-explanatory; a computer keyboard was Tissue Type. The working title for the book was On a Roll.
The idea was very quickly taken up by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications and thirty covers were chosen for inclusion in the book. The original titles were abandoned. The book was published in September 2007, under the title Toilet Roll Covers. Some of our favourite covers were not included and are now available individually. We are particularly fond of the Paper People shown above. Baby Wipes can remove her cardigan and hat, Roland can wear his hood up or down and Toilet Trainer can take off his zipper jacket.
At one stage in the preparation of the book it was suggested that some of the ideas for the book might be adapted for hats and/or tea cosies. These photos are variations of one of the toilet roll covers in the book. The difference in size was achieved by using other thicknesses of yarn. The shaping is identical.
TOILET ROLL COVERS Click pictures for enlargements
Patterns are available for the people shown above, and for the following covers
Roll of the Dice
There are currently no patterns for the following covers
Roll of Honour
Tissue of Lies
We made another special toilet roll cover - for the Danny Wallace TV programme How To Start Your Own Country. The cover depicts the flag which was designed for the country (which was named Lovely). Any establishment displaying Danny's flag could declare itself an embassy. This cover was called Bog Standard. It was used as a prop on one programme and the photograph taken in our bathroom was used as the closing shot of the final inter-active programme of the series. We also made a pair of mittens which were plain on one side, with a flag on the other side so that King Danny could choose which way to wave to his people.
We don't usually make items for other people, because of the amount of time they take, but, when we were approached by Sky Sports and asked to make two toilet roll characters for a charity event, the challenge was difficult to refuse.
PAUL O’GRADY - COMMISSIONED FOR THE PAUL O’GRADY SHOW It was very difficult to make this recognisable character - until we had the idea of including Paul’s dog Buster.