How to Make Yarn Doll Hair (part 1)

Step 1: Use a DVD case to wind the yarn around.

Prepare a DVD case and a spool of yarn. Then wrap the yarn around the DVD case. There are two sides of a DVD case: a smooth side, and a notched one, where the case opens. Start at the notched side, wind the yarn towards the DVD case’s center. Make sure to wind the yarn fairly tight and close together so that no yarn is overlapping and there are no gaps in yarn.

Keep winding the yarn up to 3-3.5 inches across the DVD. Push the yarn together to fill in any gaps in the yarn.

If you find it difficult to keep the yarn in place with your fingers only, you can use a piece of scotch tape to tape down the end of the yarn.

Step 2: Tape off the yarn.

When your yarn is wound around the DVD case, take two long pieces of scotch tape. Use these tapes on the smooth side of the DVD case. Just underneath the smooth side, on the front and the back of the DVD case, tape down the yarn. The yarn should be securely taped to the DVD case.

Step 3: Cut the yarn.

Slip a pair of scissors underneath the notched edge of the DVD case and use them to cut through the yarn on this side of the DVD case. After that, un-tape the yarn on the smooth side of the DVD case, keep the tape attached securely to the yarn. You can see something of a wig forming. The tape will create a mark where the doll’s part will be. There may be strands of loose yarn which come off either side this part.

If you have difficulty cutting the yarn, try using a sharper pair of scissors. You had better use sewing scissors than normal craft ones if you don’t want the hair of your doll to look uneven.

How to make Brushed Mohair Wig for dolls

If you have decided the recipient for your dolls’ hair, you can consider the hairstyle which is most suitable for their personality. Here is the instruction to make Brushed Mohair Wig style for your dolls.

When you choose the mohair style, there are two things you must consider: whether to use the bouclé mohair which gives your doll a more curly look or to use the long-staple mohair which creates the fluffy cap for her.

If you choose the fluffy cap, you will create a “hat” that fits your doll quite snuggly. There are two ways you can choose to do this: knit it or crochet it,.

I usually crochet the caps, but other doll makers may choose to knit them with the same results. Then you can brush it with a wire pet/comb brush to tease the mohair fibers from the nylon binding, that can create the hairy halo.

Another method is to crochet each stitch and pull the mohair fiber to the other side of your doll’s cap when you go along. You don’t have to brush your doll’s hair with a wire comb and in my opinion, this method creates the fluffiest wigs ever. This is such a beautiful way to add hair to your doll. It is both practical and playful because when time passes by, your doll’s hair will mat but you can easily tease it again and revive the cap.

The fact that the doll’s ages in appearance as time goes by is one of the most useful aspects of creating this hairstyle for dolls. The doll is not static and frozen in time, especially with a plastic doll, it takes ages and life experience along with you or your child.

To make suitable mohair yarn, you should abstain from using mohair meant for knitting. The staple is not long enough to properly cover the doll’s head, so stick to mohair yarn which is specifically created for doll making.

I highly recommend Dolly Mo and/or Wild Brushable as these yarns were created and designed by doll makers themselves.

You can find them online here: Mohair Yarns. There are several Canada and US suppliers as well: Reggie’s Dolls in the USA and Bear Dance Crafts in Canada.