Making wired & poseable cloth characters

Want to turn your in-the-hoop dolls into wired and poseable characters? Here are the tutorials and tricks you're looking for.

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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.

Tools Needed

  • Embroidery machine with files loaded
  • 5″ x 7″ hoop or larger
  • Machine Needle appropriate for your fabric
  • Hemostats for turning & stuffing:  large and small
  •  Scissors – fabric scissors and embroidery scissors
  •  wire cutters if using armature wire

Materials Used

  • 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:

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