Make felt hair for your felt, rag, fabric or knitted dolls. These dolls are great for newborn babies, as they are nice to cuddle but have no choking hazards. Felt dolls can also be used as ornaments, pinned to clothes or used to embellish fun hats. One you have crafted the doll, you will want to add some hair. Using felt fabric to create hair will give you ultimate control over shape, color and style. Make these cute felt hair wigs for dolls of all sizes.
Things You'll Need:
- Needle And Thread
- Tape Measure
- Felt Fabric
Lay your felt fabric on a clean, dry working surface. Lay the doll on top of the fabric and trace around the top of it's head. Add an extra 1 1/2 inches for seams. You should now have a semi-circular shape on your fabric. Repeat to get a second semi-circular shape. One shape will be the front of the hairstyle with bangs while the other will form the back.
Remove the doll from the felt fabric. Use the tape measure to find the perfect length of hair, both in the back and for the bangs. Mark the measurements under the semi-circular shapes.
Draw the bangs and the back of the hair. Start from the semi-circular shape and draw in the bangs. With the other semi-circular shape, draw in the back of the hair. Add little details and curls so that it isn't one solid band of hair. Draw small notches into the bangs and back of the hair to separate hair strands.
Cut out both the front and back section of the hair. Cut out notches in the hair to show individual strands. Lay the two pieces together so that the semi-circular tops are aligned. Pin in place.
Sew the top semi-circular parts of the hair together. Make the seam 1 inch wide, leaving an extra 1/2 inch for fitting.
Turn the wig inside out of you don't want the stitches to show. Place it on the doll's head like a hat. Felt dolls often have the stitches showing. If you want the stitches to show, do not turn the wig inside out; use a thread of a different color to accentuate the stitches.
If you are not adept at drawing, there are many felt wig patterns on the Internet. Measure your doll's head, find a hairstyle you like and resize the template to fit your doll's measurements. Print out the template and use it as a pattern to cut out both sides of the felt hair. When drawing bangs and the back of the hair, use pictures from magazines and from the Internet for inspiration.
Nicole Fotheringham has been a writer since 1997. She was born in South Africa and began as a reporter for the "Natal Mercury" and "Cape Argus" newspapers. Fotheringham has a master's degree in English literature from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.