Recommended Doll Sewing SuppliersKristin Rutten

Recommended suppliers for 18-inch doll sewing projects

Looking for a doll-sized zipper, tiny buckle or other hard-to-find supplies for your doll sewing projects?

Here are a few of my favorite doll sewing suppliers:

Doll-Sized Zippers

zipit on Etsy – Great selection, super speedy and excellent customer service! I haven’t looked anywhere else because they’ve had everything I’ve needed so far, including super short zippers, separating zippers and a huge range of colors.

Ultra-Thin and/or Colored Velcro

Farmcookies on Etsy – Lots of colors of ultra-thin Velcro available here.

Tiny Buckles

Buckle Guy on Etsy – Here’s where I found the 1/2-inch D rings and 1/2-inch buckles used to make the belts in my Atta Girl Baseball/Softball Uniform & Pants patterns.

Small Scale Snaps

supplyzone on Etsy – Finding button-type snaps smaller than 1/2-inch is tricky but I found some here called “segma” snaps.

KAM Snaps – Easy to set plastic and metal snaps in a variety of sizes and colors!

Two-Part Eyelets

supplyzone on Etsy – I don’t trust single-piece eyelets, especially on tiny shoes. I was able to order some two-part eyelets here for a reasonable price in a gunmetal/antique finish.

Eyelet Outlet – Lots of tiny eyelets and finishing washers (backings) available here.

Nylon Web

Lucies Luvlies on Etsy – Several colors of sometimes hard to find 1/2-inch webbing, which is the kind I used to make the belt in my Atta Girl Baseball/Softball Uniform & Pants patterns.

Doll-Sized Wooden Hangers

Wooden Hangers USA – Adorable wooden hangers with and without clips.


Thunderbolt Paper via – Chipboard sheets available in a variety of thicknesses and dimensions.

Didn’t find what you needed? Leave me a comment describing what you’re looking for and I’ll try to help you find it. Also… be sure to check back often as I’ll update this page as I discover new sources.





  1. cynthia Dishman
    cynthia DishmanReply
    August 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Do any of these sites sell wholesale? If possible I need to buy wholesale, as many of us do that sell craft or doll clothes.
    I would greatly appreciate your help. Already, you have provided much. Thanks!

    • Kristin Rutten
      Kristin RuttenReply
      September 14, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Cynthia… that’s a great question. I haven’t spent a lot of time seeking out wholesale sources since I don’t sell many physical items. I’ve got it on my list to do a little research on that though… I’ll update this list & comment when I do. Thanks for asking!!

  2. Elona Namor
    Elona NamorReply
    September 10, 2016 at 6:01 am

    You talk about a pressing surface that you really like that you bought on Etsy. I can’t find where the name of the seller would be. Thank you, Elona

    • Kristin Rutten
      Kristin RuttenReply
      September 10, 2016 at 7:03 am

      The little pressboard that I love was from this shop: There isn’t anything in her shop at the moment, so I don’t know if she’s on vacation or if she no longer offers products there. You might try contacting her to find out. 🙂

  3. Racine Woodward
    Racine WoodwardReply
    September 22, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I am looking for small overall buckles( smaller than 1″).

  4. Gayle Wallace
    Gayle WallaceReply
    December 13, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    I am having trouble finding gold buttons 1/4″ to 3/8″ in size. I want to make a George Washington uniform, but not going to even start if I can’t find 34 buttons.

  5. Jane
    January 14, 2020 at 10:36 am

    I’m looking for the same thing Gayle Wallace is, gold military buttons for 18″ doll uniform

    • Kristin Rutten
      Kristin RuttenReply
      January 17, 2020 at 6:39 am

      Sorry Jane… That’s not something I’ve ever sourced so I don’t have any good suggestions. Good luck finding them!

  6. Debra Tarbox
    Debra TarboxReply
    November 11, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    I am wondering where do you get the cork soles for Flip Over My Boots. I love your patterns.

    • Kristin Rutten
      Kristin RuttenReply
      November 12, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      The cork soles are made from scraps of bulletin board cork which can generally be found at a hardware or office supply store. I’m glad you like my patterns!

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