Crabapples Boutique

Sutter Creek, California

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This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

Announcement    Welcome to Crabapples Boutique. Here you will find high quality PDF downloadable patterns for many sizes of dolls as well as ready to ship doll clothes and sewing supplies. Thanks for finding us and I hope you enjoy the shop.


Last updated on Nov 22, 2020

Welcome to Crabapples Boutique. Here you will find high quality PDF downloadable patterns for many sizes of dolls as well as ready to ship doll clothes and sewing supplies. Thanks for finding us and I hope you enjoy the shop.



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Bonnie Spencer

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About CrabapplesBoutique

Sales 6,122
On Etsy since 2011

Crabapples brings traditional doll patterns to the present...all you add is your creativity!

When I first started Crabapples, I was making doll clothes for the American Girl dolls. I spent a lot of money on patterns that didn't fit, didn't turn out the same as the pictures, or were tedious to construct. In frustration, I started designing my own patterns, and playing around with different construction techniques. I have a lot of sewing experience, and I have developed lots of methods for constructing doll clothes that simplify the process and give great results. When you purchase a Crabapples pattern, you not only get a pattern that is guaranteed to fit, but you get a fully illustrated tutorial with lots of sewing tips.

I recently retired after teaching Fashion full-time at a community college, and we made a major move from California to Colorado. I now have a wonderful studio space to work in, and can really let the creative juices flow. Knitting, sewing and pattern making are my passions, and designing for dolls is the perfect outlet.

Designing patterns enables me to use all my sewing, pattern making, photography and computer skills. I first rough out the design by hand, then transfer my pattern pieces to the computer, where everything is precisely drawn. The fun part is where I get to sew up lots of prototypes until I get exactly the look and fit I'm striving for. After that, I photograph the entire construction process step-by-step, incorporating many "tricks of the trade" for easy construction. I have some wonderful pattern testers who then give me feedback on anything that didn't work quite right, and corrections and adjustments are made.

Finally the pattern is ready to be released, and shared with all my loyal sewers and knitters. It is very satisfying to see my designs interpreted by other people. I love to see how their creativity flourishes and how the patterns morph into something unique.

I hope you enjoy your Crabapples pattern, and I'd love to see your finished results!

Shop members

  • Bonnie Spencer


    It is just me... working away in my attic studio! I am the chief designer, patternmaker, photographer, editor, and seamstress. I'm never bored, that is for sure.

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Last updated on August 5, 2018
Welcome to Crabapples Boutique. I have always loved sewing, and once my girls grew up (no girl grandchildren yet) I thought my days of making doll clothes were over. Not true! Through Etsy I've discovered a way to share my passion for sewing, indulge in a little nostalgia, and play dress-up. I'm always looking for fabrics, vintage patterns, and that special accessory that will make an outfit special. My latest passion has been the development of patterns so that I can share all my creative ideas with others.

Dolls used in my photos are for display purposes only and are not for sale. Please note that although the clothes I make fit many brands of dolls such as Springfield Collection, American Girl and Gotz, I am not affiliated with any of these companies.
Thanks for shopping at Crabapples Boutique!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Digital downloads
Returns and exchange details
Because there is a slight variation of how firmly dolls are stuffed, and many of the 18 inch dolls vary slightly in size, I will accept the retun of any item that does not fit the intended doll. All items must be returned within 14 days of the confirmed delivery date, and must not show any wear or abuse. Refunds will be given for the purchase price of the item only, not for the original shipping. The cost to return the item to me is the buyer's responsibility. If you are shipping something back, please let me know that it is on it's way. Digital PDF patterns are not returnable.
I accept PayPal and credit cards. Please be aware that paying by personal check will delay shipping by as much as 14 days. Please note that Colorado sales tax will be added to your PayPal and credit card for purchases made by customers living in Colorado.
Normally I will send packages USPS First Class. Larger packages may be sent USPS Parcel Post or USPS Priority Mail. I ship within 2 business days of receipt of payment unless otherwise stated. If you purchase something on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday it will be mailed on the following Monday.