How to make doll hair (part 1)

When making your own doll, the question will arise: what to do for her hair? The methods and styles of hair are various but there is an overview of the most widely used styles of doll hair. I hope it can help you find the right direction when creating a handmade natural doll.

Firstly, I want to confirm that I mainly use the natural fibers to create doll hair because they are more sustainable for me to use. However, using which kind of materials is totally up to you.

When choosing what kind of hair to make for your doll, you should consider these things:

  1. Is the doll you are creating a toy for a child?

If yes, consider what their age is and what kind of doll play they engage in? For the small children under 7-year-old, I only recommend yarn hair for their doll, whether string-attached or a crochet mohair wig.

  1. Age appropriateness

If your doll is for a bigger child, for example, the age appropriateness of 7+, I think that you will have more difficulties in deciding the styles and especially the length of the doll’s hair.

  1. Art dolls

If you are creating an art doll, certainly your creativity and use of materials can soar. However, I think a practical aspect to the creation of your doll is necessary and important.

Though many art dolls are created as something to be admired and appreciated, we are talking about the dolls which can be manipulated by their owners. Their hair can be styled, played with, and possibly washed. As a result, you have to consider the tear and wear, which the style you choose to give your doll’s hair will get.

Once you have decided the end-recipient for your doll, you can consider the hairstyle which is most suitable for their personality.

 

How to make a pair of pants for your doll

Step 1: Select a suitable fabric type for pants. Lay your doll on a piece of the fabric that has been folded. You do not need a pattern to make pants for a doll. Get a piece of fabric that is long and wide enough to wrap around your doll’s legs. Fold the fabric in half. Place your doll so that her legs are centered over the fabric. Make sure that the print sides of the fabric are facing each other.

Step 2: Trace around the edges of your doll’s legs with a pen, pencil, or piece of chalk. Trace closer or further from the edges of her legs to determine the length and width of the pants, and stop tracing at the point where you want the pants to end on the doll.

To make fitted pants, trace 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) from the edges of the doll’s legs.

To make loose fitting pants, trace 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the doll’s legs.

To make baggy pants, trace 2 inches (5.1 cm) from the doll’s legs.

For full-length pants, stop tracing at the ankles.

For capris or for shorts, stop tracing higher up.

Step 3: Cut out the pieces. When having finished tracing the pants, please remove the doll from the fabric. Keep the fabric folded and cut along the lines with a sharp pair of scissors. Don’t separate the 2 pieces that have been cut out because you will need to sew or glue them together.

Step 4: Sew or glue the 2 pieces together by using a needle and thread or a sewing machine. You should sew a straight stitch about 0.25 inches (0.64 cm) from the inner and outer edges of the pant legs. Remember to keep the non-print sides of the fabric facing out.

If you use glue, let it dry overnight.

Step 5: Turn the pants inside out so that the seams will be hidden and the print will be visible.

When the pants are right side out, try them on your doll.