Barbie announces skating star Tessa Virtue doll as part of ‘Role Models’ series

Tessa Virtue, a Canadian figure skating star, is getting a Barbie which was made in her likeness. She joins the iconic line of toy dolls as part of “Role Models” series of the doll brand Barbie.

Tessa Virtue’s doll features the red dress that in real life, she wore in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games’ free dance when Virtue and her partner Scott Moir won their second Olympic ice dance gold.

“SO EXCITED & HONOURED to be part of it,” Virtue tweeted. “More to come, need to collect my emotions first.”

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir ended the Pyeongchang Games as the most decorated skaters in the history of Olympic with three gold and two silver medals and then were named The Canadian Press team of the year 2018. Meanwhile, the Barbie website calls Virtue “one-half of a team known for their legendary elegance, athleticism, innovation, and their unparalleled ability to skate in unison.”

“The Barbie role model program is Mattel’s way of honoring women who are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. Tessa, like other honorees, was chosen because through hard work, determination, and dedication, she shows girls every day that you can be anything,” brand manager for Mattel Canada, Lisa Perry, said in a statement.

The “Role Model” dolls are part of the 60th anniversary and International Women’s Day of the brand Barbie to inspire the next generation by shining a light on women that are breaking boundaries in a variety of different career fields. Barbie will honor more than 20 women from various continents and countries, ranging from 19 to 85 years old and speaking 13 different languages.

Other women who have been a part of the series include aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, model Ashley Graham, tennis player Naomi Osaka, journalist Ita Buttrose, movie director Ava Duvernay, world-renowned chef Hélène Darroze, and gold-winning Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim.

How to Make Synthetic Doll Hair (part 2)

Step 4. Press a sewing needle to the glue.

Place a sewing needle along the glue line you have just applied before the tacky glue gets dried. It helps to pinch the synthetic hair together under the needle. You should pinch the hair as close to the needle as possible. This process helps to force the glue to seep through the hair and glues all the strands of hair together at the center. Keep the needle there until the glue dries.

  • Once again, because this may be difficult to do on your own while you have to hold the hair in one hand, and the needle in the other, you should ask a friend for help.

Step 5. Remove the sewing needle.

When the glue is dry, remove the needle carefully by sliding it out from the hair bundle. After having removed the needle, you can flip the hair over. You should have two distinctive halves of hair with a dip in the center where the needle has been.

  • As with the previous steps, you can ask a friend for help with this one. It is helpful and easier for you to do if you have a friend hold the hair in the right place while you slide the needle out.

Step 6. Glue the hair to the doll’s head.

Use hot glue for fabric dolls and tacky glue for plastic dolls. Don’t use too much glue because it may seep through the hair, creating knots in the hair. Apply a thin glue line to the center of the doll’s head. Press the hair’s center strip to this glue line and keep it pressed there till the glue dries.

Lift up one side of the hair at this part and apply a thin glue line, spreading it around the side of the head. Just use a tiny bit of glue. Repeat this method on the other side of the doll’s hair.

Press all the hair down so that the glue can bond to it.

Step 7. Style your doll hair.

Style your doll’s hair however you want. You can braid it, curl it, cut it shorter, or put it in a ponytail.

How to Make Synthetic Doll Hair (part 1)

Step 1. Remove the synthetic hair from the bag. This may be difficult because the synthetic hair is fine and sometimes tangled or bunched up when being packaged. Remove the small bunches of hair slowly at a time, smooth them out when you go, and remove any fuzzy bits.

  • You should use your fingers periodically, or even a doll comb, to comb through the tangled bits of the synthetic hair because it can get tangled easily.
  • Keep removing each small hair bunches and smooth them out until you have a long line of hair.

Step 2. Cut the synthetic hair to the length you desire. When you have removed and sorted the synthetic hair, you can cut the hair to the length that is appropriate for your doll. Cut it to the length that you desire. Because the hair will drape over the head of your doll, you should cut the hair to double the length of the doll’s hair that you want.

  • Synthetic hair may be difficult to cut because it’s usually unwieldy to handle. Therefore, you should dampen the hair to make it stay together more, helping you better judge where to cut.

Step 3. Apply glue to the center of the hair of your doll. Tightly wrap the hair strands around your pointer and middle finger. You should wrap the hair so that the hair’s midpoint is resting on your index finger. Then vertically apply a thin layer of tacky glue across the center of the strands. You should cover as many strands as you can.

  • If you have to struggle to move the glue in a straight line, ask somebody else to do this part for you. It may be hard for you to hold the doll’s hair with one hand and maneuver the tacky glue with the other.

 

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.