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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Some of the projects at Ballyhoo Creations really come to life when you put a wire armature inside the doll.  Here are some of the in-the-hoop characters that you can add a wire armature to make them fully poseable…

Adding wire not only makes them easy to pose, it also makes them stand on their own.  It’s easier than you might think with some basic tools and supplies listed down below.

Here’s the video showing the step-by-step process to make and insert the armature.  

Tools Needed

  • wire cutters
  • pliers to bend wire

Materials Used


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.

How is this guy?

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