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!








  1. Amazing! Will you be attending Blythecon Portland? And if so, will you be selling these there?

  2. This is such a cool idea!!!! Im a bit keen to get one of these I think, my kick start my doll making again.

  3. melissa

    April 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Romina, I am planning to go to Blythecon, can’t justify getting a booth but I may have a few goodies lining my trenchcoat…

    Christina, why on earth would you need a kit?!

  4. WOO this is lovely and exciting!

    Blythecon… oh maybe someday…

  5. wowowow!! i want a kit so bad!


    March 21, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I am always browsing online for ideas that can facilitate me. Thx!

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