In this Instructable, I used what I had on hand...regular blanket batting.
So get crafting and as always, I hope you enjoy!!
Step 1: What You Need....
Embroidery Floss [I used 6 strand divisible & cotton non-divisible for french knots]
***Tape: not shown but you will see it in a later photo.
Step 2: Find Your Design & Cut It Out on Card Board
Details can be added later by eye or drawn onto the felt with the pen or water soluble transfer pencil.
Then I used the tape to hold down my tracing paper figure to the card board [cereal box]
I then cut the patterns head from the body. In the image below, it is taped together again. However you will be cutting a few pieces for this project so you can cut a few pieces of card board or do like I did and just use some tape when you need the full body for the backing.
Step 3: Cut Pieces of Felt
SECOND CUT: the face for the front of the doll. [HEAD/FACE is in white for this example]
THIRD CUT: Two  pieces of body [or skirt] for the doll. We are cutting two  body pieces so we can layer the felt and give the design more character [YELLOW BODY & GREEN BODY]
FORTH CUT: Cut part of one of your body pieces in the shape you desire. I opted for a crescent shape. You will see how this works in a further step. *smiles* [GREEN BODY CUT FOR LAYER EFFECT]
Step 4: Now Start to Embroider the Details of the Face
Step 5: Piecing Together Your Kokeshi Doll
Step 2: Continue to embellish your doll body/dress. Here I used some french knots and a few more lines of stem stitch for the collar detail.
Step 3: Attach the head of the doll to the body/dress of the doll. [In this doll I used a contrasting thread *orange* so you could see this step more clearly but if you want to hide this then just use a similar thread color to the felt you choose for the head]
NOW...you have a fully embroidered Kokeshi Doll front. *smiles*
Step 6: Getting Ready to Sew Your Pieces
[FYI: you can decorate the back of the doll as well, it is totally up to you. I did not do so for this instructable.]
Step 7: Sew Your Pieces Together: Blanket Stitch
I used a blanket stitch. It is one of the strongest stitches originally used by quilters but a lot of embroiders use this stitch today. It also makes a great decorative stitch.
Again, I used a contrasting color on my doll so that it would stand out and you could see it.
A matter of taste, if you wish your doll to look more polished use colors that blend or match your felt. For a more rustic and homemade fell, use a contrasting color. *smiles*
**Note remember to try to keep your stitches evenly spaced to give both a cohesive look but more importantly strength to the edge of your doll.
***NOTE: Do NOT blanket stitch the bottom of the doll till the very end. You want to leave that open to really make sure the doll is stuffed well.
Step 9: Stuffing Your Doll
STEP 1: Stuff the head of your doll after you stitch one full side of the front and back piece. Finish blanket stitching around the head. Leave the body open on one side and move the batting around until you get the desired 'fill' of your doll head.
STEP 2: Stuff the body of the doll. Again, continue your blanket stitch down the other side of the body.
***NOTE: pull your batting apart and fluff it up. Don't just use your batting straight from the roll. It doesn't have the kind of body you want for the doll and would only make your doll look flat. Think of your doll filling like a pillow.
***SUGGESTION: if you don't have quilting batting on hand, you could also probably use cotton balls. Again, just tear them apart and stuff them in to get the desired fullness.
Step 10: Final Fill
Step 11: Finished Kokeshi Doll
I really do plan on using this for sachet's and giving them as Christmas gifts. I plan on using some potpourri from the dollar store and adding a few drops of essential oil so that the smell will last longer.
I hope you enjoyed this instructable and my little Kokeshi Doll. <3
Please feel free to show me your Kokeshi Doll if you get around to making one. *smile*