How to Make Yarn Hair for Dolls

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How to Make Yarn Hair for Dolls
Doll Yarn Hair (April Ort)

No doll is complete without a full head of hair. However, the idea of tediously applying each strand of yarn to a small cloth head may be daunting. Fear not, because this guide will instruct you on how to efficiently and effectively apply as much hair as you desire without cramping your hands. The end result is a complete crop of yarn hair that looks like it took hours, but was actually accomplished in less than one.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Crochet hook
  • Cardboard
  • Needle
  • Doll head

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    Preparing the Yarn

  1. 1

    Determine the desired length of your doll hair. Cut a long strip of cardboard with the width being equal to the length of your desired inches of hair.

  2. 2

    Wrap your yarn around the cardboard until you have a thickness that measures from one side of the desired hairline to the other.

    How to Make Yarn Hair for Dolls
    Wrap the yarn.
  3. 3

    Use tape to affix the two ends of the yarn to the cardboard.

    Creating Doll Yarn Hair

  1. 1

    Taking your crochet hook and a thread that matches your doll hair yarn, begin a crochet chain. Weave each new chain link into the end of each loop of yarn on the cardboard. Continue your chain until you have woven through each loop.

    How to Make Yarn Hair for Dolls
    Crochet the yarn.
  2. 2

    Tie off the thread when you have reached the end of the yarn. Trim off any excess.

    How to Make Yarn Hair for Dolls
    Hair section
  3. 3

    Slide the yarn loops off of the cardboard.

  4. 4

    Thread a needle with the matching thread and sew the strip of hair to your doll head, starting at the bottom of the hair line.

    How to Make Yarn Hair for Dolls
    Sew the hair to the doll head.
  5. 5

    Continue the process until you have enough sections of yarn hair to sufficiently cover the head of your doll.

  6. 6

    Trim the loops on the doll head to complete your yarn fringe doll hair.

    How to Make Yarn Hair for Dolls
    Completed doll yarn hair

Tips and warnings

  • I used a non-matching thread in order to show the steps more clearly. A thin matching thread will provide a better result and blend into the yarn.

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