Monday, April 21, 2008

Short Hair Tutorial

Okay, everyone wanted a short hair tutorial, so here it is!

Step 1:
You're going to need 2 strands of embroidery floss and 2 pieces of cardboard, one measuring 4x3 inches, and the other one measuring 4x1 inches.

Step 2:
Wrap one whole strand around each piece of cardboard. I'm going to call the small, skinny long piece (on the right) the bottom piece, and the bigger one (on the left) the top piece.
Step 3:
Carefully take the floss off of the cardboard and tape the floss to make sure it won't move too much when you sew it.
Step 4:
Now use a machine to sew between the tape. (You don't need to worry about the color of the thread in the sewing machine too much. I use a brown thread for any hair color that isn't blond, because it doesn't need to exactly match the color of the embroidery floss) For the bottom piece, just sew a line as close to the top as you can. Don't sew over the tape, or you will never be able to pull it up. Be careful here, because my sewing machine, at least, wants to pull the hair apart, even though it is taped. Just feed the hair through without letting the machine pull it out of shape.
Step 5:
VERY CAREFULLY pull the tape off of the hair. Make sure to hold down the hair when you pull the tape off, because it will rip out all of your stitches if you just pull. It will kind of pull the embroidery floss apart, but don't worry, just use the other side when you stitch it on the amigurumi's head.

Step 6:
Place the bottom piece of embroidery floss on the amigurumi's head, like in the pictures. Try and make it as even as possible on the sides, and don't let it get too low in the back. Sew it in place with either invisible thread or a matching hair color thread. I always use invisible thread, but a matching color thread works just as well.

Step 7:
Now place the top piece on the head. Make sure that it covers the seam from the other hair you just put on. You can always tug at it a little to cover everything if you made it a little small. Sew this piece into place as well.
Step 8:
Cut all of the loops out of the hair. Make sure you cut both the top and the bottom pieces of the hair. Cut the hair as short as you want, but make sure the top piece is always long enough to cover the seam of the bottom piece. Don't cut in a straight line, try and mess it up a little to make it look more natural. You can also try and make it more even than I did, lol.
Viola! You're done. I hope this was easy to understand. If anyone has any questions, feel free to leave a comment here or e-mail me at artoo1121 at


ms. tea said...

so, so helpful. and my eyes just came in the mail so i can finally start assembling my dolls!

Elena said...

WOW! Thanks for sharing!

Melisa Sriwulandari said...
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Melisa Sriwulandari said...

Hi, if you don't mind, I'm placing a link to your short hair tutorial in my blog.
Thank you very much!


Iris said...

How do you sew the top piece to the head? I'm a beginner at crochet and would like to know the process (even just written works for me) on how you actually sew it to the head because I'm not really understanding WHERE... like-- I know you put it on top of the head, but where do you use the needle to attach it?

Any help on this information would be fabulous.

Thank you!

Geek Central Station said...

Well, I just pin the hair on top of the head with the "part" (or the line from the sewing machine) in the middle. I then knot a string of invisible thread and hand sew down the part, so that my stitches are covered by the sewing machine stitches. It's kind of hard to force the needle through the crochet --I often have to use pliers to force the needle out. Does that make sense?

Iris said...

Yes it does, thank you very much! :)

Hannah said...

Is there a good way to make amigurumi hair if you don't have a sewing machine? I really want to make human amigurumis, but I don't have access to a sewing machine, and they look a little silly without hair. D:

Thanks so much! X3

Geek Central Station said...

@Hannah: well, the sewing machine is necessary for holding the hair together--otherwise the hair would unravel. I suppose you could follow the tutorial (omitting the sewing machine part) and then, when you attach the hair to the head, you could attach the floss very carefully by hand sewing every three or four pieces of floss down to the head. That would definitely keep the hair in place, it would just take longer, that's all!

Let me know how it goes if you decide to brave it!

Annilein said...

I'm just finishing my own Gandalf, but I wonder if you did the thing with the cardboard measuring 4x1 inches (bottom piece), too, when your Gandalf got his hairstyle... Do you remeber the size of the cardboard you used for the top piece?
Finally I don't want to forget to thank you for your great ideas and patterns :)
Have a nice day - Best wishes from Germany,

Geek Central Station said...

No, for Gandalf I didn't use this tutorial since he has long hair. Just take one piece of cardboard (about 7 inches long) and just use that. You don't need the bottom piece at all.