Jess Brown created a successful company through her want to make handcrafted toys for her kids. This desire turned to a full fledged career in fashion and dolls, with kids and adults alike flocking to purchase her one-of-a-kind creations. Now with the launch of her latest book, The Making of a Ragdoll, she brings tips & steps to her fans to create their dream doll. Today she’s sharing said steps with The Moms Project and we’re giving away an original Gypsy Doll to boot. Grab the details below!

Jess Brown Dolls from Lauri Levenfeld on Vimeo.

Choosing the Fabric:
I start off with a basket full of fabric scraps. Some are old clothes, finds from flea markets or left over fabric from stores, antique shops or designers. It doesn’t matter if there are holes or stains on them, because something can come out of everything.

I work my way around the stains and use the holes to my advantage. Some people may consider these scraps garbage and just toss them, but I treasure every bit. This is what I call my Hunting & Gathering phase. And it is this type of fabric and the unusual embellishments that make the doll so special.

instructions
step-1
Choose at least five different scraps of fabrics for layering. Choose different colors, patterns & textures to add character to your doll.

step-2 The biggest piece of fabric will be your starting off silhouette. Start wrapping your doll in the fabric and sew the body accordingly.

step-3 Once you have the starting off silhouette sewn on, you can start adding the embellishments and playing around with the smaller scraps of fabric. Have fun with it, there are no rules for creating your doll.

step-4 After your embellishments are sewn on and your dress is complete, create a headpiece with ribbon, feathers, or any type of fabric. Tie it around her head and you have your very own version of a Jess Brown Doll!

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For more ideas, details and patterns, check out Jess Brown’s The Making of A Ragdoll. And her amazing story continues on The Moms Project!

Photographer: Lauri Levenfeld | Designer: Jess Brown | Fashion : Jess Brown | The Making Of A Ragdoll : By Jess Brown | Video: Razor Byrne Video Productions