November 10, 2015

Nancy Ann's Rescued Dolls Getting Clothes Made And Hair Done.

Getting all the measurements together for pattern making, cutting, and sewing. Busy, busy busy.

The underpants are totally hand sewn. The dress is machine sewn and hand sewn.

 My real workspace it's not, I repeat, IT'S NOT AT All organized as pictured above. It goes with the territory. Can I get an Amen.

Oh yeah, they have dollies.

These will be a bonus on my next post, so ya'll come back now ya here (southern accent).

She got her hair done, Yippie! Six more girlies to go.

Instead of using the hair weave I buy from my local Beauty Supply store, I used cotton crochet thread. I rolled it up on straws (God forgive me but I took these from Dunkin Donuts, and Burger King because they are the fatter straws) in sections, and emerged it hot boiling water, I did that process after I fitted it to her head. By the way, this is not a wig cap, it's actually glued on to her head.
I decided against the hair weave because it took me too long to put it on the first doll. I ended up doing it twice before I got it to almost the way I wanted. I enjoy my peace and sanity thank you very much, and besides which, I want to enjoy the process not the frustration, so I'm back on board with enjoying.

Enjoy the process below of the doll hair making...yes, there's a method to my madness...hee hee hee.

I did color the top of the dolls head with acrylic paint matching the color of crochet thread. Then I sealed it with matte liquitex.

Okay, so I have about 60 strands of crochet thread, about 1/2" longer than her body. I sewed it down the middle, keeping the thread very close to each other.

I pushed it in a little into the hole of her head...So glad that hole was there. It made my hair making a breeze.

I spread the hair as evenly as possible. Leave the front open, additional hair will be added to that part.

Okay, let's see if I can explain this one...I used masking tape to keep the hair in place. I applied the masking tape in this manner...with the sticky side facing the hair underneath, I turned under the ends of the tape to stick to the face, to hold it in place. Then I placed the hair on the tape evenly spaced...OMG, I hope you understood that.

I then put more masking tape on top of the hair sticky side down this time.
I marked where I wanted to sew with a pen.
I sewed on top of the tape, but in the inside of the hair where it concave's, then I removed the tape easily...I hope you understood that one too.

For the front part, I gathered about 40 more crochet strands, evenly spaced it, and again, applied masking tape underneath and on top (my new best friend, Ahhh, masking tape), I placed the tape where I wanted the part to be, then I marked it where I wanted it sewn. And I sewed it. Then I removed the tape easily.

As you can see I did not cut the bottom of the hair yet. I went ahead and cut open the bottom. I sectioned off the hairs and rolled the hair on the straws and pinned it with bobbi pins (pictured in third photo from the top of page). I emerged the hair in hot boiled water and left it there for about two or three minutes.
Don't judge me, but after I took it out the boiled water I placed the hair in my oven, even when it's turned off it stays warm in there. I left it there overnight.

Knowing that the hair has fully dried, I unrolled the straws, one by one. I added some cold silicon glue in and around the hole.
After inserting the hair, once again I evenly spaced it, pulling here, and tugging there, then I glued that in place. I applied very little cold silicon glue underneath the area of the stitched line.

Got it? I hope so.

Finally! I glued the front piece in place, applying a small  amount of cold silicone glue underneath the stitched line, then I styled it. There was a small amount of additional glue added to help keep her hair styled.

OMG! I'm done explaining the method to my madness...WhEEW!

Thank you for stopping by
Many Blessings.


  1. Another great way to make doll's hair! Thank you for the written and visual are worth a thousand words, but a few words still help :-)

    Your dolls are just wonderful, Carolyn! I love how you make each one your very own with their lovely painted faces and beautiful hair.



    1. Thank you Beth. I thought it appropriate to explain the process being that it looks a little confusing visually, especially the one with the tape.

      It took me more than a week to figure out how I wanted to do the hair. I usually meditate and get answers that way, or I might look at other peoples process for inspiration, and make it my own.

  2. wowww vaya cambio le has hecho, le sienta fenomenal. Te sigo en GFC.
    Saludos desde las Islas Canarias!!

  3. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving the nice comment. It was nice to hear that old friends are still there, out in cyberspace. I want to tell you I really was interested in this latest post of yours. A couple years ago I picked up about five or six vintage dolls that are similar to those. Maybe I need to pull them out and see if they need a makeover, right? Have a wonderful day. It's below zero here, so I'm staying put. Julie


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