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.
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.
- 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
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!