Briar Doll + Clothing Bundle Materials List


  • 24” of 44” wide fabric (60cm of 115cm wide fabric) for her body. Flesh-coloured broadcloth, calico, linen or other plain cotton material works well.  This will be enough for two dolls, but you will need this amount in order to make one
  • Spool of coordinating thread
  • Upholstery-weight thread in colours similar to her skin and her hair
  • 50-75g ball for her hair.  I used Patons Mohair shade 7560. (Acrylic yarn will go fuzzy, so it is not recommended.)
  • 4  small buttons - neutral colored for attaching limbs
  • Stuffing - I like to use clean, carded wool, but you could use polyester fiber fill or something similar

Embroidery Floss

You can use whichever colors you fancy or have on hand.  I used:

  • DMC 938  Iris
  • DMC 301 or DMC 844  Lid & Lashes
  • DMC White – Eye Highlight 
  • DMC 225  Nose
  • DMC 223  Lips
  • Eyebrows - choose a similar color to her hair


  • Water erasable marker for marking on the facial features
  • Doll needle - approximately 3 ½ " (9 cm) - found in most craft stores
  • Cardboard or board measuring approximately 17" x 11 ½" (45 x 30 cm).  This is used for wrapping yarn around to make hair - it needs to be quite firm so that it won’t bend.
  • Optional:  Haemostat - for turning little things out and placing little bits of stuffing

Briar's Clothing Bundle 

Animal Cape
  • 3/8 yard (30cm) of 44” (115cm) wide fabric, for both lining and exterior
  • Elastic for loop
  • Button
Reversible Wrap Top
  • Scraps or 1/4 yard (20cm) of 44” (115cm) wide fabric for both lining and exterior 
  • 1 yard (1m) length of ribbon or something similar for ties
Tree Climbing Pantaloons
  • Scraps or 1/4 yard (25cm) of 44” (115cm) wide fabric
  • 1/2 yard (0.5m) 1/4” (6mm) elastic
  • Scraps of black felt
  • Cardboard (from cereal box or something similar)

Briar is based on a copyright free vintage pattern which I have carefully digitised and modified. You can read about some of my early doll-making journey on my personal blog here:


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