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Machine Embroider a Cloth Character

Score of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

What you'll learn

In this comprehensive course, Lucy will be your guide to learning how to create a possible doll that is completely stitched with your embroidery machine. She will teach you how to create characters with your embroidery machine, how to make cloth doll hands and a natural fiber wig and how to create and install a wire armature to make your doll hold any pose you please.

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5.0 3 Reviews
Yolunda Jones

January 5, 2023

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Very cute....

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Ballyhoo Creations

January 5, 2023


Thank you Yolunda!

Julie Carroll

February 17, 2022

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Great class

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Ballyhoo Creations

February 17, 2022


Thanks Julie! If you make a doll - I hope you'll post it to the class projects section! It's great for everyone to see how people interpret the pattern and each doll looks different. :-)

Patti Schafer

January 24, 2022

Verified purchaser

Wonderful Class. Can't wait to try my own Elf. The directions are very clearly discussed.

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Ballyhoo Creations

January 24, 2022


Thanks for the review Patti! I hope you will post a photo of your Elf to the class project area here. Or if you get stuck - you can post a photo and I can help you figure it out. Happy stitching!!

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Listed on Jul 29, 2021 - ID 14900667
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This class has 7 sessions (1h 26m)

Class Preview

Here’s the preview of this class, where Lucy will introduce herself and she’ll let you know about all the techniques and tools that you’ll need throughout the process.

Tools And Supplies

In this part, Lucy will give you an overview of this project, along with the tools, materials, and skills we'll be using.

Stitch the Parts

There are 5 designs included with this project that you'll stitch on your embroidery machine. Lucy will talk about what order to stitch them, and how to place the fabrics and stabilisers to ensure success. She will also show you a sped-up version of each design stitchout. This class also includes cutting and turning the ears so they can be stitched into the head by your machine.

Cutting and Turning

Here is where Lucy will cut away the excess fabric from the seams, then turn the doll parts right-side-out. Special attention will be given to the more difficult tasks like turning the fingers or working with thick fleece fabric.

Wire Armatures

In this video, Lucy will help you creating your own custom armature which will go inside the doll to give it structure. This will make the doll poseable and able to stand on it's own. She'll also wire the hands and attach them to the arms - they're poseable too! (SAFETY NOTE - wire armatures should NOT be used inside dolls for small children).

Stuff & Close

In this part, Lucy will help you filling out the doll head and body with stuffing. Then you'll see the hand-stitched closure option on the body, while the head will be glued closed.


In this final step you’ll be shown how to fix a faux button placket which will disguise the doll opening. Fur yarn will be used to trim the doll so it looks like it's wearing a fur-trimmed coat. Then, Lucy will add some hair and the hat to complete the character.

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Luci Ayyat

machine embroidery, dollmaking
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Hey Folks! I'm Luci at Ballyhoo Creations and I create dolls that can be stitched with an embroidery machine. Sewing has been my hobby for decades. I also create sewing patterns and stitched project videos to inspire all levels of sewists.

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