Cloth Doll Making

Cloth Doll making is a very old Craft!

Cloth doll making can be said to find its origin in the ancient Japanese tradition of cloth doll making. Cloth dolls were creative items steeped in culture and tradition, now, they range from a versatile hobby, a collector's obsession, an interesting craft, to a charming children's toy. Their variety is fascinating and cloth doll making as a hobby is absorbing and exhilarating for people of all ages.

Cloth dolls can be crafted out of almost any material to take any shape or expression you want. To begin with, you narrow down on a cloth pattern. You can either opt for one from an online or nearby craft store or download the ones available free on the Internet. Next, trace out and cut the pieces for the doll's head, body, and limbs using the pattern. You can use the appropriate colour for your doll, for example, you can use flesh, brown or tan coloured cloth for the body parts of a human cloth doll. You can choose from a wide range of material, even experiment with some new ones, but some of the tried and tested ones that work best are broadcloth or tight weave cotton, jute, craft felt and wool.

Cut out pieces of the fabric, as per the pattern you have selected. Now turn the fabric inside out and sew the parts in, leaving an opening for the stuffing. Turn the pieces right side out and stuff with stuffing material. You can also use cloth confetti or cotton wool as well.

For the face, use embroidery wool to make the face and expressions. Draw out the face and then embroider along it. You can use different colours for different features. For the eyes, you can use buttons or beads also.

For the hair, cut wool to desired length and sew onto the head. You can experiment with different colours and lengths of wool. Refer to the pattern and sew the head and limbs and ensure that you sew the opening shut. Your cloth doll is almost ready.

Cloth doll making is not just about stuffing a cloth cut out. You need to give your cloth doll some personality. Accessorize with different stitches or designs, yarn for a wig, rubber bands, clothes, and even jewellery. Browse through the Internet to go through the wok of popular doll makers to get a better insight in to the world of cloth doll making.

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