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Fascinating facts about the invention of
Cabbage Patch Kids
by Xavier Roberts in 1983.
Cabbage Patch Kids®
The phenomenon began in 1983, when designer Xavier Roberts introduced the world to Cabbage Patch Kids.
Invention: Cabbage Patch Kids in 1983
he Cabbage Patch Kids stamp went on sale in January, 2000.
Function: noun / Trademark
Definition: From the beginning, Roberts captured attention by making each character an individual with its own personality, so every Kid was truly one of a kind and unique. All Kids were up for adoption and needed good, nurturing homes to call their very own.
Trademark:  Reg. No. 1298970 issed October 2, 1984
Inventor: Xavier Roberts
Criteria: First to invent. Entrepreneur.
Birth: 1955 in Cleveland, Georgia
Nationality: American
Xavier Roberts introduced the world to Cabbage Patch Kids.
1982 Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc. signs a long term licensing agreement
1979 Xavier and five school friends open "BabyLand General® Hospital" to the public.
1978 Xavier wins a first place ribbon for sculpture at the 1978 Osceola Art Show in Kissimmee, FL.
1976 Xavier creates his first soft-sculptures.
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In 1976,  a 21 year old art student, Xavier Roberts rediscovers "needle molding" a German technique for fabric sculpture from the early 1800’s. Combining his interest in sculpture with the quilting skills passed down from his mother, Xavier creates his first soft-sculptures. While working his way through school as manager of the Unicoi Craft Shop in Helen, Georgia, Xavier develops the marketing concept of adoptable Little People® with birth certificates. Xavier wins a first place ribbon for sculpture with "Dexter" at the 1978 Osceola Art Show in Kissimmee, Florida.

Returning home to Georgia, he organizes five school friends and incorporates Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc. Xavier and his friends renovate the L.G. Neal Clinic, a turn of the century medical facility in Cleveland, Georgia, opening "BabyLand General® Hospital" to the public.

In 1982, Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc. signs a long term licensing agreement allowing a major toy manufacturer to produce a Toy replica of Xavier’s hand made soft sculpture Originals. These Toy versions are recognizable by their smaller size, vinyl head and adoption fees usually under $30.00. At the same time, the name Little People® is changed to the "Cabbage Patch Kids®" which is used for both the Toys and the hand made Originals.


History of Toys   from The Great Idea Finder

Encyclopedia of Cabbage Patch Kids (R): The 1990s
by Jan Lindenberger / Paperback: 176 pages / Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; (October 1, 1999)
The Cabbage Patch Kid craze started in the 1980s, and continued into the 1990s, where it is perpetuated by a strong community of collectors.
Xavier Roberts Presents: Little People Pals
by Mickey Baskett (Editor), Jimmy George  / Paperback: 31 pages / Plaid Enterprises Inc. (1982)
The Babyland General story, Xavier Roberts' life and works, switched at birth - Baby sweetie, Butch, Tuffie, Baby Buddy, Curly Locks, Bunny & Hank.#7576 Plaid. Pattern included. The story and a how to book on how to make the Little People. (Pattern Included) 

BabyLand General® Hospital
Birthplace of the Cabbage Patch Kids.
From The Birds And The Bees To The Cabbage Patch
Article about babyland at Turner South. A Time Warner Company.
Cabbage Patch Dolls
They had pudgy faces, stumpy arms and small close-set eyes and were dramatically different from the traditional cute baby doll. Article from the Bad Fads Museum.
Xavier Roberts
Interview With Xavier Roberts by Catherine Callaway, CNN anchor. Aired July 27, 2002.
History Of Cabbage Patch Kids

One day, a young boy named Xavier Roberts wandered into a magic cabbage patch hidden behind a beautiful waterfall. he discovered busy little Bunnybees sprinkling cabbages with magical crystals. Suddenly, all sorts of different kids and babies peeked out of the cabbages.

"It is amazing to me. It really started off as a piece of art. I would travel to art shows and he actually won some prizes at different art shows, competing with sculpture and other things." - Xavier Roberts, 2002


  • In their first six months on the market, more than two million Cabbage Patch Kids were sold.

  • By 1999, more than 95 million Cabbage Patch Kids were sold

  • Besides continuing to run Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc, Xavier Roberts is a classic car collector

  • A recent poll by Doll Reader magazine included Cabbage Patch Kids among the "top 30 favorite dolls of all time."

Reference Sources in BOLD Type. This page revised October 25, 2006.

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