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The Making of a Rag Doll

The Making of a Rag Doll

Design & Sew Modern Heirlooms

By Jess Brown • Photographs by Tristan Davison


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Designer Jess Brown is known for her irresistible, starry-eyed rag dolls. In this inspiring book, Brown shares a custom pattern and simple instructions to sew, personalize, and accessorize your own rag doll. Illustrating the story behind these dolls, the book places emphasis on natural materials, vintage fabrics, beautiful notions, and quality craftsmanship. Make the dolls for the children – of all ages – in your life to love now and cherish for decades. After making the doll, follow Brown’s patterns for darling accessories such as an apron, overcoat, and knickers.

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Size: 7 1/4 x 10 in;
Pages: 136 pp;
more than 50 color photographs, b/w technical illustrations throughout, uncoated paper, 2 pattern sheets in a die-cut pocket
Format: Hardcover
Publication: September 2014
ISBN: 9781452119519
Jess Brown is a designer of handmade rag dolls and a women's clothing and accessories line. Her distinctive Jess Brown rag dolls are available in shops around the world, and each doll is unique and cut and sewn to order. The Jess Brown rag dolls have been featured in major print and digital media internationally. Jess lives in Petaluma, CA. Learn more about her at

Tristan Davison is an award-winning photographer with over twenty years of experience. He lives in Marin County, CA.