11" Cloth Character Starter Pack

The starter pack has everything to make the most basic version of the 11″ Ballyhoo cloth characters as shown in the 1st photo.  The pack includes the sweet little Lover face/head and her pear shaped figure.  A wig file for faux fur is also included.  Add-ons are available in the shop to make more advanced versions of these characters – just look for the 11″ Doll products.

The entire doll is created in your embroidery machine with 6×10″ hoop or larger.  See details below for more info…


Stitch a new friend on your embroidery machine and embellish or customize to create your own art doll.  The starter pack gives you designs for the body, one head, and a wig to create a finished doll with your choice of stretch fabrics and hair.

All designs are digital downloads and require an embroidery machine to make these projects.  We don’t ship anything from Ballyhoo Creations.  

  • Files will be available immediately after purchase on a download page.
  • Your downloaded .ZIP file will include
    • these designs:
        1. pear shaped body for 11″ doll
        2. head with the Lover character face (smiling with closed eyes)
        3. basic wig to fit 11″ doll head
    • In these machine formats:  DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, SHV, VIP, VP3, XXX
    • PDF instructions,  and a Terms & Templates (TnT) file with templates and stitch order
  • Fits these machine embroidery hoop sizes:  6×10″ for body, 4×4″ for head and wig
  • Finished size of this project: finished doll is around 11″ tall
  • Skill level: beginner

Be sure to check the tabs above for more info like Instructions, Supplies, and Specs!

Some of the photos may include optional add-ons not included in this package. (standing boots, or hands, for example)


Tools and Materials

These are the recommended tools and materials for this machine embroidery project


1. Embroidery machine with 6×10” or larger hoop
2. Sharp fabric scissors
3. Small embroidery scissors
4. Hemostats – small and large are helpful
5. Machine needle
6. Hand sewing needle if hand stitching
• 3” doll needle or longer recommended
7. If you wire your doll –  pliers and Wire cutters


1. No-show mesh embroidery stabilizer
2. Body fabric – stretch fabric is needed, it can be 2-way or 4-way stretch.
• 6×10” for body front
• 8 x 10” for body back
3. Face & head fabric – stretch fabric (this Doll Jersey is wonderful)
• 4×4” for front in skin tone
• 4” wide x 6” long for back in skin tone
4. Doll hair or yarn, or 2 pieces faux fur 3×3”
5. machine embroidery thread in a dark color for the face
6. Embroidery bobbin thread
7. Top & bobbin thread to match body and face color for seams
8. Strong thread for hand sewing
9. Stuffing {polyfil or similar}
10. Armature wire and electrical tape {optional}
11. Fabric glue {if not hand stitching openings & hair}
12. Embellishments for your finished character
13. Fabric markers or paints (optional)

Design Specs

Your digital download will be a ZIP file that includes: PDF instructions, PDF Templates & Terms (the TnT file)

Purchased designs in the following 9 machine formats:  DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, SHV, VIP, VP3, XXX

The graphic below shows design measurements, stitch counts, number of threads, and more.

You do NOT need the thread colors in the spec sheet.  Your instructions will explain how to use that color code.  You only need a dark thread for facial features, and thread to match your head and body fabric.

Instructions & Video

Video tutorial for 11″ cloth character doll:


If you’re looking for the instructions for adding a wire armature inside the doll to make it poseable – you can find that video HERE.  For add-ons like hands or boots, those instructions can be found on their product pages.


You can view the PDF instructions here:   ballyhoo_instructions_11inDoll_112020.

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