Soft Sculpture Doll Making Tips

Written by cheryl torrie | 13/05/2017
Soft Sculpture Doll Making Tips
Soft sculpture dolls have character. (doll image by mangia from

If you are looking for a fascinating and reasonably priced sewing project, try making soft sculpture dolls. It's not easy to make each soft sculpture doll a one-of-a kind work, but using certain soft sculpture doll making techniques makes your sewing experience more enjoyable.

Material Choices

Soft Sculpture Doll Making Tips
Vibrant materials work well for soft sculpture creatures or doll clothing. (material image by Christopher Hall from

You have a variety of fabrics to choose from when making soft sculpture dolls, according to the Cloth Doll Creations UK website. Experiment with using finely woven natural cotton muslin, or any other high thread count, 100-percent cotton fabric that does not have any give to it. Try using 100 per cent polyester one-way stretch knit, polyester double knit with a one-way stretch or a 96 per cent cotton, 4 per cent Lycra blend, if you prefer working with a fabric that has great stretch and shape retention. Budget-minded soft sculpture doll makers can use an old T-shirt for the body and old clothes for the doll clothes.

Doll Tools and Supply Choices

Soft Sculpture Doll Making Tips
You don't need a special stuffing tool when you have chopsticks. (chop sticks image by Jeffrey Zalesny from

In an article about soft sculpture dolls on the HGTV website, Tonia Mitchell of Fayetteville, Ga., states that hemostats, chopsticks or skewers can manipulate filling into fingers, noses and toes. A wire armature gives a soft sculpture doll additional pose-ability. Wrap any armature with stuffing before placing it within the doll shell. Use a high-quality fill and a strong thread for a long-lasting soft sculpture. Machine sew the seams twice to avoid any seam breakage. Use acrylic paints or fabric markers for details and features.


Soft Sculpture Doll Making Tips
Photograph your model's profile, too. (man and woman, two faces image by Arirukuchika from

To make soft sculpture dolls with realistic human features, take and use a variety of photographs of a model. These one-dimensional photos will guide you through the complicated shapes of the human form. Susan Kramer, a doll maker, suggests you sketch your doll's features on a piece of scrap paper before painting or shaping it onto the doll. Cut a pattern for the individual pieces of your sculpture, tape it together with painter's tape and stuff it with newspaper before cutting the material to check your design. Use a variety of colours for your soft sculpture doll clothes or free-flowing shapes.

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