Doll is a miniature stuffed toy that reflects human being especially made for entertaining children, religious activity, as well as for education purpose. Dolls are made of various material like wood, plastic, cloth, ceramic, clay, etc,.

During Dussehra dolls are used by most regions in india for religious purpose. They are kept as collectibles by adults all over the world.

The earliest documented dolls go back to the ancient civilizations of EgyptGreece and Rome. Dolls being used as toys was documented in Greece around 100AD. They have been made as crude, rudimentary playthings as well as elaborate art.

Modern doll manufacturing has its roots in Germany going back to the 15th century. With industrialization and the appearance of new materials like  porcelain and plastic, dolls were increasingly mass-produced.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doll

Tools & Supplies

  1. Scissors + pinking shears
  2. Hemostats in different sizes (optional)
  3. Turning tubes – to turn the body parts inside out (optional)
  4. Stuffing tools or chopsticks
  5. Piecemakers doll making needle, waxed linen cord, other long stitching needles
  6. Pattern
  7. Soft, skin-colored fabric such as cotton broadcloth, muslin, or linen
  8. Skin colored thread
  9. Fiberfill stuffing
  10. Yarn for making hair
  11. Embroidery thread
  12. Fabric for clothes
  13. antidepressants

  14. Eyes, hooks, velcro, and snaps
  15. Sewing machine (optional)

Technique

There are 3 stages in stuffed or cloth doll making

  1. Basic doll: Cutting the pattern, stitching, stuffing with fiberfill.
  2. Decorating the doll: adding hair, facial features like, eyes-nose-mouth, details in the fingers, creating elbows & knees, belly button.
  3. Clothes for the doll: Shirt-pant or dress depending on the gender, hairband, shoes, socks, etc,.

External links for doll making techniques:

  1. http://dollmakersjourney.com/Tips-and-Techniques.html
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRXc4i9cK_E