How to Make Yarn Doll Hair (part 3)

Step 7. Repeat this process with less yarn. You need to redo this process one more time. But you should stop winding the yarn after having moved about 1 – 2 inch across the DVD case.

Then, if you have any trouble keeping the yarn in place with your fingers, secure the end of the yarn by using a piece of scotch tape.

Remember to wind the yarn around the case, use tape to secure the smooth edges, and cut the yarn by tucking a pair of scissors under the notch in the DVD case.

When you’ve finished, secure the strands with tissue paper and sew down.

Step 8. Glue the larger piece of doll’s hair to your doll’s head. Grab the larger piece of your sewn bunch of yarn hair. Remember that it has a part which runs roughly 3 – 3.5 inches in length. Prepare your hot glue gun. When the glue is hot enough, put a line of glue down on the seam you have just made and then press it to the head’s top center of your doll. Hold it until the glue gets dried. After that, you can flip over the hair and enjoy your finished doll hair.

If glue cannot hold the hair in the exact place you want and if your doll is fabric, you can sew the hair directly to the doll’s head. Then take an extra piece of yarn and backstitch the hair to the top of the head of your doll by using a long needle. It is more helpful to go over the seam twice.

If you’re making yarn hair for a plastic doll, you may want to use tacky glue instead of hot glue. However, remember that synthetic hair seems to look better on plastic dolls.

Step 9. Add a side part with the smaller strand. Take your smaller strand of hair with the part running 1 – 2 inches in length. Repeat the same process with the larger part. However, slightly place the part to the right or left of the center of your doll’s scalp to create a side part as well as to add some layers to the hair of your doll.

Step 10. Style your doll hair. You can braid the hair, paint the hair, cut the hair, make a ponytail, or do anything else you want. You can just leave it how it is if you don’t want to style it.

Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Gets Her Own Barbie Doll

 

Being a tennis star with the world No. 1 spot, two grand slam titles, and recently Naomi Osaka has been honored by Barbie.

It’s to recognize the 21-year-old’s win at the 2018 US Open as well as her second consecutive grand slam title at the 2019 Australian Open that helped Osaka rise from world No. 72 to No. 1 – becoming the first Asian to hold the position.

The announcement that Naomi Osaka is to be celebrated with her own Barbie doll comes when toy manufacturer Mattel marks the iconic brand’s 60th birthday while March 8 is also International Women’s Day.

Osaka, whose father is from Haiti and mother is Japanese, tweeted earlier this week that she was proud of being considered as an influential female figure to young children.

She said: “Recently a lot of parents have been coming up to me and telling me that their kids look up to me, those words literally blew me away. I was honestly so shocked and felt this huge responsibility because I remember how important my role models are.”

“Fast forward a few days and I’m here at Indian Wells, I see all these kids that look so happy to see me and they ask for pictures and autographs … Honestly I wanted to cry because my heart feels so full in these moments and I realize that it isn’t just about tennis, it’s about inspiring the next generation.”

She also added: “Honored to be selected as a Barbie Role Model to help inspire the next generation of girls,” alongside a hashtag, “You can be anything.”

Kristina Vogel

Naomi Osaka is not alone in having the inspiring efforts that are celebrated by Barbie.

Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Kristina Vogel has also been commemorated by Barbie, with her doll sitting in a wheelchair.

“As a brand, we can elevate the conversation around physical disabilities by including them into our fashion doll line to further showcase a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion,” said Mattel last month.

How to Make Yarn Doll Hair (part 2)

Step 4. Use tissue paper to secure the yarn.

Cut off a thin tissue paper piece roughly 4 by 8 inches. Lay the tissue paper piece on a flat surface. Put the taped portion of the yarn between each tape strand on the tissue paper issue. Fold the tissue paper over this taped portion of the yarn, then make the yarn sandwiched between the tissue paper.

You must have a long line of yarn strands with the tissue paper locating on the halfway point between the strands. By doing this, hair is forming and the place of the tissue paper represents the place of the doll.

Step 5. Sew the yarn to the tissue paper.

Sew all your yarn strands together, working through the middle of the tissue paper. Sew up the middle vertically so that you have a straight line of the thread which goes through all your layers in the center. You should have a hair group on each side which meets in the middle, where your thread helps to hold the strands together.

  • You can sew them together manually if you are savvy with a needle. Otherwise, if you have a sewing machine, you can use it to sew a straight line through them.
  • Use tight and small stitches. They help to keep the hair secure.

Step 6. Remove the tissue paper.

Now your strands are sewed together, therefore, you can remove the tissue paper at the sides of the sewed line. Remove it gently, slowly, and carefully in order not to tear out any thread. Tweezers may be helpful. All that should remain are the two yarn doll hair strands with the thread which holds them together in the center.

Try trimming some of the tissue paper off with a small pair of scissors if you’re struggling to remove it. Make sure to be careful not to snip any of the yarn by mistake.

How to Make a Baseball Hat for your doll

 

A baseball hat is a perfect accessory for your doll’s sports outfit. However, it may be impossible to find a doll-sized baseball hat to fit your doll. It doesn’t matter because you can make your own doll hat and choose the right size, color, and style. You can even make one hat to match every outfit of your doll. This requires just little sewing skills and a little bit of time.

Materials

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • 6 inch by 26 inch square of fabric for hat
  • 6 inch by 26 inch square of fabric for lining
  • 4 inch by 10 inch clothing rubber
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

Step 1: Measure the circumference of your doll’s head around the top of her ears.

Step 2: Use a pencil to draw a circle on a piece of paper with a circumference a little larger than the circumference of your doll’s head. Cut along the circle. Divide it into four triangular sections (like pizza slices), then cut the four sections out.

Step 3: Pin these four triangular sections to the fabric. Cut out the fabric along the edges of the triangular pattern then remove the pins. Do this step again with the fabric for the lining of the doll’s hat.

Step4: Pin the four fabric triangular sections together to form the shape of a hat. Sew the four sections together. Do this step again with the lining of the doll’s hat.

Step 5: Flip the doll’s hat inside out and put the lining inside it, the wrong side facing outward. Sew along the edge of the doll’s hat and leave a small open space in the front of the doll’s hat.

Step 6: Pull the hat right side out through this small open space.

Step 7: Cut the rubber into a “U” shape for the brim of the hat. Therefore, make it about 2-3 inches across and about 2-3 inches deep to fit your doll. Trace this rubber onto the hat fabric and the lining fabric, leaving 1/4 inch extra fabric on one side to sew the brim with the hat. Cut out the pieces and sew them together so that they tightly cover the clothing rubber.

Step 8: Bend the rubber to form a brim shape. Sew it to the front of the doll’s hat, tuck the extra fabric into the doll’s hat and close the small open space.

 

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.

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.

 

How to make a wrap skirt for your doll

Making clothes for your doll is quite interesting and not so difficult. You can make a dress, a skirt, or a pair of pants for your doll. All it requires is scrap fabric and some other basic craft supplies. Now, let’s start designing a wrap skirt for her!

Step 1: Select a suitable fabric type that will not fray, such as felt. Then, lay the doll on the fabric and mark the fabric. The fabric should be wide enough to fit the doll and overlap by about 3 cm. Cut the fabric so that it is as long as you want the skirt to be. Mark the fabric to indicate this length and then turn the doll centered on the fabric between these marks. Mark the fabric where you want the skirt to begin and end on the doll.

Step 2: Cut out a rectangle of fabric using the marks. Connect the marks in the rectangle with a piece of chalk and use a pair of sharp scissors to cut along these lines. This rectangular piece will be your fabric for the skirt.

Step 3: Cut a strip of fabric to secure the skirt. The strip should be as long as the width of your rectangle so that you can wrap the strip around the doll’s waist multiple times.

Step 4: Wrap the rectangle around the doll’s waist and lay your doll in the center of the rectangle with the top of the long edge about 1.3 cm above your doll’s waistline. Then, wrap the rectangle around her waist and legs so that it is tight to create the skirt. Just make sure that the ends overlap by at least 2.7 cm.

To make a pencil skirt, wrap the fabric around the doll tightly.

To make a full flowing skirt, do a loose wrap.

To make an A-line skirt, wrap the fabric so it is tighter at the top than at the bottom.

Step 5: Secure the skirt with a strip of fabric. When the skirt is fitted with your doll, take the strip of fabric and wrap it tightly around the doll’s waist a few times. Tie a knot or a bow to secure the skirt.