How to Make Rag Dolls Hair with Yarn, Rags or Mohair
Making hair for a rag doll is very exciting and its the most rewarding task of ragdoll making. Your doll needs to have a personality, and what better way to achieve this than with its own unique hairdo.
The choice of material used in making hair will depend on the look you are trying to achieve.
As a toy, yarn is probably the best material to use as it always stands the test of time, and as an item of décor, mohair will work out just fine on a rag dolls head.
If you desire an unusual, chic or trendy look, your best bet is using strips of fabric or rags cut out from old clothes or other like items.
The hair you create for your rag doll gives it its own personality and whatever you intend to relay in terms of its look, its good to know that the 'hair makes the doll'.
How to Make Rag Dolls Hair Using Yarn
- Get some yarn, about 1 skein of 4 ply yarn and cut 30 strips, 6 inches long. Separate the ply from each of the 30 pieces.
- With a crafting needle, pull the yarn strip through the head of the rag doll, stopping the yarn from pulling out by tying a knot at the end of the yarn strip.
Work the yarn into the whole head, putting the strands closer and closer together. Continue with this until you have exhausted the yarn you are working with.
Now you can tie a pretty bow to give your rag doll a ponytail.
Using Mohair For a Dolls 'Hairdo'
- Buy half an ounce of mohair to do this. Starting at the back of the hair at the neck, place a small section of mohair, felting it into place using a felting needle. Push needle in and out of the dolls scalp and the mohair about 20 times, or depending on the size of the rag doll.
- Moving close to the first section of mohair already attached, add another section, using the same needle motions.
- Working from the back all the way to the front, continue adding the mohair till the head is full of hair.
- Create a 'parting' using the same felting needle and sew a line from the front to a point that you desire. You can add a small section of mohair in the front to create a fringe.
- Mohair must not be used for toys and is only used on rags dolls that serve as decorations or collections.
Raggedy Dolls Hair Using Fabric Strips or Rags
- From old clothes, or discarded scraps of fabric, cut out strips of 1 inch x 12 inches long material.
- Lay a strip across the dolls head with the ends hanging in the direction of each ear. Use a regular needle and some thread to stitch the strip onto the dolls scalp.
- Lay a second strip directly next to the first - working towards the back of the head - and stitch to the scalp as the first strip. Continue stitching on the strips till you reach the back of the head.
- Add bangs to the rag dolls forehead with short strips of fabric.
- With the two distinct sections of hair forming pigtails, each can be prettily tied into a bow with colourful ribbons.
- Tack the pigtails with the ribbons neatly onto the rag dolls scalp using a needle and thread.
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