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Cloth Dolls

Now crafters of any skill level can create beautiful cloth dolls! Author Brenda Brightmore, an internationally recognized cloth doll designer, offers this fabulous collection of patterns for a range of dolls, from flapper dolls with attitude, to modest ladies, to cute babies and children. Easy-to-follow patterns and step-by-step photos and illustrations guide sewers through 10 cloth doll projects. Every process is detailed, from the basics of cutting patterns to applying the final touches of paint to the faces. Each project includes a convenient list of materials for both doll and clothing. Vivid full color photos detail the gorgeous finished projects and provide inspiration for crafters. This guide is packed with the valuable information aspiring fabric doll creators need.

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: Krause Publ; 2 edition (January 15, 2005)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0873498712

ISBN-13: 978-0873498715

Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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This book is really quite good, very nice patterns, lots of them!, and everything is very clearly laid out. There are so many projects to make from dolls to give to your daughter to dolls to make for the adult collector. The faces in particular were very well done, I just love love this book! I bought it and there were not any reviews, which for me means I usually do not get a product because I would rather not take my chances getting a book where I can only see the cover, if I really wanted it I would drive to the bookstore which is a bit away, so... taking a chance I bought this book through hoping it wouldn't stink. Believe me it is really good, I have been making cloth dolls for a few years so I have no idea if it would be too complicated for an absolute beginner, but I think if you are reasonably intelligent you will be able to do these projects :) Happy dollmaking!

I've been making dolls since I was 11, and this is the book I've been looking for all my life. Worth three times what you pay. The cover does not do it justice. It has soft sculpture faces that are beautiful and natural. Usually soft sculpture dolls look like old people, trolls or are distorted. There is a baby doll that I am going to double size to make it the size of a real baby, so I can have it wear old clothes. The clothes are also beautiful and easy. Make yourself an heirloom.

This is a book of patterns and tips. The dolls are all virtually the same, chubby baby-faced toddlers. There is a male and female version. The infant is the same as the toddler but can not stand. The adult (pictured on the cover) is just slightly thiner and longer then the children. If you are looking for variety, these dolls are pretty much the same (they all look related to the one on the cover) and they are all conservatively or classicly styled. I recommend the book for those interested in the learning the basics of makeing a "baby doll". If you want any other style of cloth doll (such as artisan) you will be disappointed in the constraints of the styling and you will be forced to find inspiration for your imagination elsewhere. Probably more like 3 stars.

I was very much surprised to see dolls that I really liked in this book. The patterns are right in the book and the outfits are also classy! I can not wait to try the patterns!

This is a great book! Easy to follow instructions and a real asset to my library. I would recommend it to everyone.

This book is a Must Have for all cloth doll makers! It belongs on every doll makers book shelf, but it will not spend much time on the shelf.The book begins with instructions for basic techniques and goes from there. Full size patterns printed on heavy paper make them very easy to trace. There are patterns for at least 10 dolls, in a range of sizes and complete outfits for each one. Even if you don't make the dolls, which would be a shame, you can make new wardrobes for dolls you already have; boys and girls, hats, bags, shoes.This is my "go to" book for all cloth doll questions. What I love most about this book is the down to earth, realistic cloth dolls, nothing too artistic, which some like and some don't.I give this book my highest recommendation!


The technique for making these dolls are different and I like the face pattern which doesn't put a seam down the center of the face like other dolls. However, all the dolls look alike. I haven't made a doll from this book, but I am looking forward to making the doll on the cover. She is the most interesting doll, however my doll won't be a flapper. Great price though. makes it worth your while, delivery from the seller was very prompt and I will treasure it in my doll book collection that I've started.

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