Saturday, July 25, 2015

DIY Custom Doll Wig Tutorial

To start, pick your doll, this tutorial is going to show you how to make a custom one piece wig for any of the NimblePhish dolls.
You will Need:
  • Felt
  • Pins
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Fake Fur
  • Needle and Thread

Grab a square of felt, slightly larger than your doll’s head.

Start at the back of the head. We want to create a dart here, not only to follow the curve of the head, but also to direct the pile of the fur when it is on the head. Pin the felt in place somewhere on the back of the head to keep it from shifting. Then at the center of the back create the dart by pinching up so it follows the curve. Pin the dart in place.

Next move on to the darts on the side of the head, at the seam line between the front and the back of the head.
Pin the piece felt at the hairline.
Then follow the same technique as before to create the darts on both sides.

Mark along the darts and around the “hairline”. I used a washable pen, but you don’t have too, unless you are concerned with marking on the doll itself.

Cut your felt along the markings, if it seems uneven, you can fold the felt in half and then cut out.

Now you have a pattern!

Before you trace the pattern onto your fake fur, make sure the pile (direction the fur faces) is pointing towards the front of the head. Also add a seam allowance! This is very important or else it will be too small.

Cut out your fur, sew the darts and place on the doll’s head.

Pin in place and use a ladder stitch or a whip stitch around the hairline to secure the wig in place.

You can add some cute pigtails by stitching a scrap of fur into a little purse with a running stitch pulled tight and knotted. Then pin and stitch it into place.

I hope this tutorial helps you create your very own custom doll wig!

Thank you all so much for your help in getting me to my goals!!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Busy Summer So Far

 It has certainly been a busy summer! We have made it 4 patterns in to the Summer Series, with an extra raptor who nudged his way into the mix. To be completely honest with you all I'm getting burnt out fast.
I had so many plans at the beginning of the summer and I really believe that a temporary "sugar high" like event was to blame. At the time I was floating on cloud nine from my husband's victory over cancer and the reality of summer was glazed over. The reality of summer, especially this summer, is a lot of work. I now have 3 energetic kids at home all day and they all need mommy "summer school" to prep them for their next grade. Then there is the subject of what the heck happened to my house during this cancer hibernation, it's a bit frightening, we are about a month and a half out of the woods and I'm still sorting out the hoard. On top of that I decided to drop a huge workload on my shoulders with a strict timeline, I really have no idea what I was thinking.

I don't want to miss this time to play with my kids or to get dirty and garden. I don't want to spend my summer hunched over a sewing machine or computer while my kids miss me from the next room. I love what I do, but I love my family more and I always will.

That being said, I am not giving up on the Summer Series, I am just making the schedule a bit more flexible. I work from home, I love working from home, the chaos fuels my creativity, but it isn't exactly the ideal environment for strict work schedules. I do want to give this blog more attention, I have thoughts to share, tutorials to make and even some peeks "behind the scenes" to give a look at my irregular process.

 Thank You