The process is best described in this video showing you how to make one of the cloth characters in-the-hoop on your embroidery machine.
- stretch knit fabrics for skin and clothing. I love the skin tone knits from A Child’s Dream
- cut-away stablizer – the no show mesh is preferred
- top & bobbin thread – dark color for facial features, other colors to blend with skin and clothing for seams
- stuffing of your choice
- Armature Wire (optional)
- needle and strong thread for closing open seams, or fabric glue
- fabric markers & embellishments (optional) I’m using Tulip fabric markers and a white paint pen in the video.
You can give your characters extra “character” by adding stuffing between the stabilizer and top fabric.
I like to give my characters some extra padding on their backside like this gal to the left. You can also add a chest or a beer belly. A bit of gluestick can help keep the stuffing in place.
Want some facial hair? Cut a triangle of fur and glue in place.
The eye color is added with Tulip fabric markers.
The easiest hair style is to use faux-fur while stitching your character in-the-hoop. But there are many other options to explore. Several are demonstrated in the doll hair series here: https://ballyhoocreations.com/2020/05/how-to-make-hair-for-your-cloth-character/