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Stories from the Rag Bag
(SweaterDoll is changing to Howling Rabbit)

Women have had fabric stashes, new and reclaimed from old clothes, for generations. They have gathered over back fences and around kitchen tables and shared their stories and patterns.

Women's kitchen table stories are 
hugs from the past.

Modern women are sharing on a more global level through blogs, Instagram, Pinterest.


You love:
  • new technology and innovation
  • old stories and traditions
  • vintage materials used in new design
  • family connections 
  • making with your own two hands
  • preservation of handmade and artisan culture


Howling Rabbit (SweaterDoll) is a world of sewing patterns drawn from the kitchen table gatherings of the Cajun and farm women of the American deep South and Midwestern bread basket.

Using new or reclaimed textiles, you can use the patterns and projects of Howling Rabbit to create a traditional rag doll with a modern twist. The dolls you make can be used as toys or just for show.

Some of the patterns that are upcoming with the SweaterDoll-to-Howling Rabbit 's big changes are:
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy
  • Golliwogs
  • Linen Rag Dolls
  • Rainbow Rag Dolls


One of the signature elements of these dolls is the presewn hair using cotton fabrics. No tangled yarn hair and it can still be styled! 





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THESE NEW PATTERNS ARE ON THE WAY! THEY ARE BEING DRAWN AND TESTED AND WILL BE RELEASED BY THE END OF NOVEMBER.

SweaterDoll on Etsy offers DIY toy and doll sewing patterns, tutorials, and upcycling e-books.

Craftsy SweaterDoll carries my free downloadable tutorials as well as all my patterns for sale.

SweaterDoll accepts wholesale orders. For a printed pattern price sheet, just email me sweaterdoll@gmail.com.




HOW ON EARTH DID I GET HERE?

I am a self-professed rag hound and thrift store queen. I learned how to sew and make toys and other household textiles at the feet of Cajun and farm women of the American South and Midwest in the  1960s and 70s.

Making do, making new; it was all about the magic of making something out of nothing. Fabric or an old shirt is not the quilt or the doll, but when it's being birthed into a new form, it's magical. it's the tradition of home and women throughout history.

I'll be sharing to stories of these old timey women through the newsletter so sign up!

Cheers,
Allison

Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

sweaterdoll@gmail.com

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