DIY - How to Make Rag Doll Hair With Yarn, Rags, or Mohair

Updated on May 10, 2018
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I love crafts works. I made my first ragdoll when I was 10 as a class project for a jumble sale and made my first rag rug when I was 16.

Making hair for a rag doll is very exciting and it's the most rewarding task of rag-doll making. Your doll needs to have a personality, and what better way to achieve this than with its own unique hairdo.

The choice of material used in making hair will depend on the look you are trying to achieve.

As a toy, yarn is probably the best material to use as it always stands the test of time, and as an item of décor, mohair will work out just fine on a rag doll's head.

If you desire an unusual, chic or trendy look, your best bet is using strips of fabric or rags cut out from old clothes or other similar items.

The hair you create for your rag doll gives it its own personality and whatever you intend to relay regarding its look, it's good to know that the 'hair makes the doll.'

Pretty hair style on a rag doll
Pretty hair style on a rag doll | Source

How to Make Rag Doll Hair Using Yarn

  1. Get some yarn, about one skein of 4 ply yarn and cut 30 strips, 6 inches long. Separate the ply from each of the 30 pieces.
  2. With a crafting needle, pull the yarn strip through the head of the rag doll, stopping the yarn from pulling out by tying a knot at the end of the yarn strip.
  3. Work the yarn into the whole head, putting the strands closer and closer together. Continue with this until you have exhausted the yarn you are working with.

  4. Now you can tie a pretty bow to give your rag doll a ponytail.

Rag dolls hair
Rag dolls hair

Using Mohair for a Doll's 'Hairdo'

  1. Buy half an ounce of mohair to do this. Starting at the back of the hair at the neck, place a small section of mohair, felting it into place using a felting needle. Push the needle in and out of the dolls scalp and the mohair about 20 times, or depending on the size of the rag doll.
  2. Moving close to the first section of mohair already attached, add another section, using the same needle motions.
  3. Working from the back all the way to the front, continue adding the mohair till the head is full of hair.
  4. Create a 'parting' using the same felting needle and sew a line from the front to a point that you desire. You can add a small section of mohair in the front to create a fringe.
  5. Mohair must not be used for toys and is only used on rag dolls that serve as decorations or collections.

Raggedy Doll Hair Using Fabric Strips or Rags

  1. From old clothes or discarded scraps of fabric, cut out strips of 1-inch x 12 inches long material.
  2. Lay a strip across the dolls head with the ends hanging in the direction of each ear. Use a regular needle and some thread to stitch the strip onto the dolls scalp.
  3. Lay a second strip directly next to the first - working towards the back of the head - and stitch to the scalp as the first strip. Continue stitching on the strips till you reach the back of the head.
  4. Add bangs to the rag dolls forehead with short strips of fabric.
  5. With the two distinct sections of hair forming pigtails, each can be prettily tied into a bow with colourful ribbons.
  6. Tack the pigtails with the ribbons neatly onto the rag dolls scalp using a needle and thread.

Making a rag doll is easy and a whole lot of fun. It is a craft that is enjoyed by both young and old.

If you are a beginner and just need some tutorials or a guide on how to make rag dolls, this guide will teach you how to create unusual dolls with great features. Its step-by-step instructions will take you through everything from cutting out the patterns, to painting faces, making the hair, and designing the apparel for the dolls.


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      • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


        5 years ago

        Im glad you find it informative and helpful Morayma. Thanks for visiting and for the nice comments.

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        Morayma Rodriguez 

        5 years ago from Lehigh Acers, Florida

        This is great advice! I make felt plush teddy bears and have been meaning to expand on other project, but never thought about doing people dolls because I couldn't figure out how to put the hair. The first time I did it, I was making a gift for a friend that was moving away and I just sawed the hair on. It work, but I never knew if it stay put or not after she left.

        This is well written and very helpful!

      • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


        8 years ago

        Thank you Craftybegonia, yes making the doll's hair can be a bit of a challenge.

        I'm glad you found this informative.


      • craftybegonia profile image


        8 years ago from Southwestern, United States

        Great hub! My mom just made a cloth doll to give as a gift. She is an artist and painted a lovely face for the doll, but had the hardest time with the hair! I wish I had found your hub before to have been able to give her some help.

      • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


        9 years ago

        You are welcome nikki1. Thanks for your visit.

      • nikki1 profile image


        9 years ago

        Awww.. thanx for sharing.

      • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


        9 years ago

        Hi Moranna, Thanks for your visit. The first rag doll i made in school was for a school bazaar. I was so upset when someone came along and bought it for their little girl. I should have been proud that it was one of the chosen few, but was only 9yrs old, so i didn't know any better. LOL

        Thanks for your comments.

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        9 years ago

        Fascinating - and I rememeber how I loved my original raggedy Ann dol.

      • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


        9 years ago

        You are welcome Keira. Thanks so much for these kind words.


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        9 years ago

        Thank you so much Viryabo for your very nice words. It really touched me when you say I am one of your best friend. You are also one of my best friend in here. I have a lot of consideration and a lot of respect for you. God Bless you my dear Viryabo. See you soon:)

      • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


        9 years ago

        I am so happy to hear this Keira. You and your 2 beautiful sisters are going to make some children full of glee and happiness this Xmas. God will reward you all richly. You are one of my best friends here on HP keira, and i am so glad for that.

        GodBless you kindly.

        PS i can see that your sisters are very pretty Keira.

      • keira7 profile image


        9 years ago

        Hello my dear Viryabo, the great hub you made about the Orphonage has actually pushed my 2 sisters (the uggly sisters):) I am only jokking there are very pretty, there are just next to me, so, I cant say bad things about them:)

        Anyway there are so nice and generous that we decided to make a lot of rag dolls for donation this Christmas.

        Thanks to you my dear friend for this very good hubs. God Bless.

        You also have a big thank you, from the 2 uggly sisters.:)

      • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


        9 years ago

        LOL! my ribs are cracking. She must have been horrified at your question.

        Now decorating the dolls with fake jewelled outfits, even though to lure her,:) is a great idea. I must write a hub on that - dressing up a rag doll. LOL! Thanks for expanding my thoughts on what to write.

        Cheers G.

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        9 years ago from California

        viryabo! It is so strange that you wrote about this! I was in a toy store recently with my daughter and the owner happened to pull out an original Raggedy Ann doll! He held it up next to the new sensation "Ugly Doll" rack. It was a strange moment because rag dolls were like "the doll to have" when I was younger before all of the PLASTIC took over the world! ; My daughter looked at me in awe at my expression of "total oohhhh I remember mooshy look."

        I asked her if she wanted one and she looked at me like "What?" It was a funny moment.......Anyway, thanks for the hub. I may try to make one with her during Christmas break! As long as I say we will sew fake jewels on the dress, she may be game! Best, G


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