Thursday, September 2, 2010

Yarn Doll Hair Tutorial

Howdy fellas!  As promised, here is a tutorial for sewing on yarn hair to a dolly.  Pig-tail style.  
When I began sewing dolls I searched online for tutorials on this very subject.  Let me tell you they were complicated.  I just didn't quite understood how they worked {something about using tissue paper and sewing the hair together by machine, before sewing it on by hand...}.  Well after several failed attempts that included tiny pieces of tissue paper left in the final product, I decided to just sew it in all by hand since that's what it called for in the end anyway.  

You should end up with this:

This is quite simple, and doesn't take long at all.  And of course you can change it up however ya want.  All right, let's start.

You will need yarn in the desired hair color, a needle and thread (same color as the yarn), a pencil, and a doll.

Cut up a bundle of yarn.  You will want enough so that the hair is thick.  You won't want the scalp to show through.  Try to make each piece about the same length.  You will be draping the yarn across the head over the center, so make them long pieces.

Draw a line with a pencil down the center of the head.  Start on the forehead and end above the neck in the back.  This is to guide your stitching so she ends up with a nice straight part.

I use a small clump of three strands of yarn for each stitch.  Find the center of the clump and place it on the line you have drawn on the forehead.

You will now take your needle and thread and sew a small loop around the yarn.  Make the stitch small. Pull it tight and then stitch a second loop around it again for security.  Take another bundle of three strands and double stitch it just behind the first.  
Continue this way all down the back of the head.

Stitch it all down tight.  Don't worry if you can see the thread down the center.  We will be hiding this.  

For the front of the hair we take a small bundle (more than three strands) of yarn and stitch it down on both sides of the forehead.  Stitch it right up there to be level with the part.

Make it nice and secure.

Now to cover the thread that shows along the part, take a strand from one side of the part and pull it on over to the other.  Alternate sides you are pulling from so that we keep an even amount of yarn on both sides of the head.  I think this gives the hair a bit of a natural look.

Find the point on the sides where you want the pig-tails to be tied down.  Comb the hair on that side with your fingers, then loop the thread around it several times.  Keep it tight.  I usually make a few loops, pull tight, make a few knots, and then do a few more loops and knots for security.

What happens if you get a stray strand tugged up above the loop?  Very carefully pull on the strand.  Don't pull it all the way out!  Watch the hair below the loop and find which strand is being pulled.  Tug it back down into place :)

Now this is the fun part.  Give your doll a haircut.  Trim her pig-tails up nice and even.

Feel bad for the yarn you are wasting.

And ta da!  you have a beautiful little hair do.  I hope you try mixing things up your own way.  Make the hair long.  Short.  Braid it.  Bundle it.  Tie a ribbon round it.  Make it yours!



CK said...

Wow, Becka, this is such a great tutorial!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Very cute! Love how natural the part looks!

Cecily said...

Awesome tutorial... now I think I have to go make a doll! Thanks for sharing this!

Vicky said...

great tutorial. x.

CK said...

Feel bad for the yarn you are wasting... lol

famr_4evr said...

That is so great! Thanks I love these dolls!

Liz said...

Oooh, I get to see how they were made, too!!

Everyday Mom Ideas said...

This is so cool and easy to follow. I also like the guest post you did with the ABC book... So clever!

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Bri said...

Thank you so much. this is great and your dolls are SO cute!!!

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

Very sweet and it makes me yearn for those days whenI was making Waldorf dolls for my daughter... guess I just need to wait for grandbabies now!

Maddie- the D.A.

Biz and/or Jordi said...

This is super helpful!

Anonymous said...

thanks. that wad so clear and helpful! :-)

Maïlys said...

What a great tutorial!
And your part definitely looks natural, your idea of "weaving" the hair from one side to the other is absolutely genius!
Thank you!


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