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New Kit Colors and fabric shopping glee

Had fun fabric shopping today at Rosie’s Quilt Shop, my favorite place in San Diego  for tiny cotton prints. I was making huge piles of fabric and running around matching up pairs of prints for new kit colors. Here are some of the new combos (I already had the “abba zabba” fabrics, and there will be a  few more that I will put out soon).

I also picked up some cute flannel prints for making felfs this spring for the shop. Fuzzy mushrooms!



Quick update!

Kits and Prints are in the shop, ready to ship!

Shop: Pose doll kits

kimono girl

vintage kimono girl made from simple shapes


One of my favorite things about many vintage Bunka dolls and pose dolls is that even though they are simply made, their pose-ability allows them to change and become more than the sum of their parts. Picking apart old handmade dolls, I am often surprised by the simple shapes they are made of. A basic square of fabric can be manipulated into a dress, pants, a hat, even footie-pajamas. I find that by not over-complicating my patterns, the dolls I create can stay as true as possible to vintage dolls that I love.

figuring out the pattern

my experiments in elfery

I’ve combined my findings of vintage pose doll construction — as well as experiments in materials —  into a simple kit for you to try.


Each kit has enough materials to make two six-inch pose dolls in coordinating outfits.  The dolls are completed with very simple sewing techniques – you don’t even need a machine to whip them together. You can combine the re-usable patterns in the kit with your own materials to create endless combinations of faces and outfits.  The instructions contain the techniques I use on my own small pose dolls and bunka babies,  just by varying the length of the limbs.

le kit

Kit Contents:

  • Patterns for doll and outfit – printed on heavy card so they are re-usable and easy to trace onto fabric
  • Fully illustrated instructions
  • fabric specially chosen for the body and head (I have found the perfect stretchy material for making perfectly smooth round heads, that is easy to paint faces onto)
  • two coordinating fabrics for making a dress and kerchief for each doll
  • red flannel for shoes
  • two flower hair accessories
  • four tiny color-coordinated buttons
  • grosgrain ribbon belts
  • craft floss for two colors of hair
  • Enough fiberfill for at least 2 dolls
  • Wire

Materials needed to complete the kit:

  • sharp scissors
  • light-duty wire snippers
  • craft glue (I use tacky glue)
  • craft acrylics (for painting the face)
  • needle and thread (the kit can be completed with or without a sewing machine – hand-sewing is recommended for small pieces like the clothes)

A limited number of kits are available now in my Etsy Shop!







Raffle Results!

The raffle has been drawn and the winner has been notified. If for some reason they change  their mind, I will uncover the next number that was drawn (I pulled one complete sequence of all tickets just in case).

Olive Raffle Closed

Raffle Rules:

  • Only one entry per person, per household is allowed. Duplicate entries will be disqualified (Don’t cheat! Mr. Cheeks will track you down and sit on your food).
  • Entrants will receive a ticket number via email confirmation. Check your email to retrieve your ticket number. If you do not receive an email confirmation, do not resubmit the form. Check your spam folder. If you cannot find it,  contact me and I will confirm your entry manually.
  • The winner will have the opportunity to purchase Olive for $200 plus exact shipping cost.
  • One winner will be drawn on Thursday, March 24 via Random number generation.
  • The number will be announced on and the winner will be emailed to confirm purchase through paypal.

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Handmade pose doll for Japan – Tiny Harumi

Harumi is a tiny 1/6 scale pose doll – she’s available on eBay. 100% of her proceeds will go to the efforts in Japan via Global Giving.

I spent the larger part of the weekend working on her and thinking about all the wonderful friends and memories I have made in Japan, and how much this world owes to the brave people who are risking themselves to save all of us.  Her colors are inspired by the springtime, rejuvenation, rebirth, and courage.

Lottery – Olive


Olive will be available by 48-hour (2-day) FREE Lottery from Tuesday, March 22 2011 at 12:00 noon PST. Visit to enter. One name will be randomly chosen and the winner will have the opportunity to purchase Olive for $200 + shipping.


Thank You!

Ginger has gone to a new home, but there will be another doll listed soon!

Doll & toy peeps for Japan

I’m blown away by the efforts of so many artists in the doll and toy community to do good. Check out these talented folks doing what they do best to support the devastation happening in Japan:

Check ’em out and pass them on!  and for those that simply want to donate, head over to the Japanese Red Cross.

I’ve had this overwhelming sense of disarray and helplessness in the past few days (and It’s so crummy to phrase it like that when there’s no way I could fathom what it is like to be in Japan right now.  Just watching and hearing about the composure of people in Japan right now is truly inspiring). Everyone’s got a different reaction to the tragedy and different ways of coping and going on with daily life. Do what you can – buy something, bid on something, or just get to it and donate what you can.

Pose Doll Questions, Answered!

Hi All!  I’ve gotten several emails since my last post so to answer some questions:

When will these dolls be for sale?

The first listing will be posted on on Saturday, March 19, at 10:00am PST.  Ginger will be the first listing. If that method works out, then the rest of the girls will be listed in a similar fashion (dates and times will be announced prior to the sales)

How much will they cost?

$200 & exact shipping

Can I reserve a doll now?

Sorry, but to be fair, no dolls are available for pre-sale. Cherry was made for a friend, so she is not available. I photographed her with her sisters since I made them all over the same period of time and love the way they look together. It didn’t feel right not to include her with the group.

Will you make more of these?

If these girls all find happy homes, I will definitely make more!

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

I appreciate the feedback I’ve gotten so, so much!  Making my own pose dolls has been something I have been working on for a few years now, and I finally feel like I have come up with a technique that produces results that I am happy to send out into the world. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve enjoyed the challenge and got to work with some wonderful new materials, learning a lot along the way.   I made each one with my own high demands in mind – I wanted a doll that photographed well from many angles, could be posed repeatedly for photos, and could be easily styled and accessorized for lasting enjoyment. These girls don’t like to just sit on a shelf – they almost beg to be posed and interacted with!