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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23 comments:

  1. Hmmmm.....probably Tiny Baby! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your patterns and having so much fun with the Summer Series too! :) Thanks!

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  2. I've made tiny baby and I've got doughnut the dragon cut and ready to sew. I think my next project will be sniffles the elephant and she'll get hair made with this tutorial :-)

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  3. I can't decide I love them all!

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  4. I love this new baby! Thanks for the tutorial, it's going to come in handy!

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  5. I love this new baby! Thanks for the tutorial, it's going to come in handy!

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  6. I want to try on Baby Mine. Thank you so much this is going to help!

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  7. Im going to try it on my Lanky doll.

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  8. I think i would try it on the tiny baby

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  9. I'd like to try on tiny baby as I have new great-grand that has alot of hair! thanks

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  10. I have the tiny baby for my daughter. She would love to have hair.

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  11. I would love to try this on the Baby Mine pattern. I think it would be so adorable!

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  12. I think it'd be too cute on one of the dragons maybe!

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  13. I want to try it on one of the baby mine babies

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  14. I would try tiny baby or Missy the misfit not sure which would be my fave

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  15. I would love to try this on the mock turtle.

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  16. I would want to try it on friendly faces :)

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  17. Any of them! One Christmas I made dolls, and earned enough money to buy all the presents for my children. I would like to make some more. These are different from the ones I made, but the principle looks the same.

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  18. They are all so awesome! I love your patterns!!

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  19. They are all so awesome! I love your patterns!!

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  20. I just ordered Baby Mine and im wait for the email with the download.I can't wait to get started next week and I'm so glad I came here. This looks like the cutest simplest wig and has just opened my mind to SO many ideas! Your patterns ARE the cutest! I'm so excited!

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  21. i've had the baby mine pattern for ages. So when a friend's daughter requested a baby mermaid doll for her birthday I knew which to use. I came to the blog and found this, the perfect thing to add mermaid hair. I made a wig cap this way and then added yarn to it like you would with a yarn wig. Looks so good! Thanks so much for all your patterns I LOVE them!

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