Cloth Doll Making > Materials

About materials

Sometimes you ask me what materials I use or where I buy them.

Cloth doll making

Tall boy doll
1/2 girl doll
Kimono doll
Big girl doll
Nekomimi doll
Life size baby doll
Mermaid merman
Christmas dolls
Mini doll
Clown pouch
Little Red Hood
Fashion doll
Anime dolls
Stuffed toys
Nuno Life

It's not that using the same materials is making the same doll.
These are the reference for your choice. You should try to use any materials you like.

I walk to the near shop and buy cloth, fabric, hair and so on.
I don't know any online shop. Try to find by yourself.

Skin cloth

Stretch fabric is good for doll's skin.
I use "cotton jersey". It is almost the same as T-shirt. Thick one is good.
If you cannot get good cloth, dye white T-shirt with tea leaves.

The closeup of cotton jersey.
Stretch cloth 

If your fabric is not very stretchy, cut the pattern larger.


For soft parts --- polyester fiberfill or raw cotton.
Hard parts --- absorbent cotton is cotton batting, or cotton wool. You can buy one at drug store.

Japanese cloth (chirimen)

Chirimen is traditional Japanese heavy crape cloth for kimono.
Genuine chirimen is made of silk, it's quite expensive.
I use low price chirimen of rayon (about $20-30 per meter).

Chirimen of kikko patterns. Girl in red furisode.
Chirimen Close up

Chirimen of ume blossom. Girl with Borzoi.
Ume chirimen

Sakura (cherry blossom) pattern.
Sakura chirimen

Furry yarn (Brows and hair of Santa Claus)

It is Italian yarn of nylon. You can use mohair yarn too.
When knitted ... White cat.

White furry yarn


Rayon hair or silk hair for dolls is hard to get recently.
Instead, We can get various wigs or hairpiece for human.

I use one for Fujiwarano Sai's straight long hair.
It is also available for eyelash for tall boy doll.
Silver wig
Silver wig for Youko Kurama.
You can buy one at party goods shop or toy shop.


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