Today we’ll make the yarn hair for our doll. I used Red Heart brand in worsted weight, but you can use whatever you like or have on hand. You’ll need to find a book (or a rigid object) that is 14″ across. Wrap the yarn around this object 80-100 times. (I got a little overenthusiastic and wrapped mine 130 times! As a result, my doll’s hairs is a bit thicker than strictly necessary. Ah well.) If you have thinner yarn make more wraps, or use less wraps for thicker yarn.
Once your book is all wrapped, find the center of this bundle of yarn. To hold the yarns in place for sewing, place a piece of painter’s tape slightly to one side of center and another to the other side of center, leaving a 1/2″ gap. Do this on both sides of the book.
Now, gently slide your yarn off the book. (This is the tricky part, just take your time. Don’t worry if it gets a little messed up while sliding.) Your yarn bundle should look something like this:
Lengthen the stitch on your sewing machine and sew down the middle of your bundle of yarn, right between the two pieces of tape. To keep the yarns from getting caught on the presser foot and feed dogs, sandwich your bundle between two pieces of waxed paper while sewing. Make sure to backstitch to secure both ends. Gently remove the tape and waxed paper.
Hand stitch the seam to your doll’s head. This seam becomes the center part of her hair. Since mine was so thick, and difficult to sew, I also lifted up the hair on either side of the part and applied a line of glue to further secure it.
Repeat this wig-making process to make hair for the other side of the doll.
You can now style your doll’s hair as desired. If you want to trim the yarn loops, that’s fine. I left in the loops because this doll is going to a two-year old and I don’t want her to be able to pull out single strands of yarn. My day doll’s hair is pulled back and the night doll’s hair is in ponytails.
If desired, hand sew the nightcap to the sleeping doll’s head. Now is the time to add whatever other trimmings you like. I gave the day doll a ribbon rose and sash for her dress and flowers for her hair.
The sleeping doll got a ribbon rose on her bodice, ribbons on her pigtails and a teddy bear. I had to carefully position the bear so that it didn’t show as a big lump under the day dress.
And here she is, once again. Hope my granddaughter loves her!
If you decide to make a topsy turvy doll of your own, please send me pictures. I’d love to see what you’ve done!