Cloth Dolls Hairstyles
Ideas with Worsted Yarn

Cloth dolls hairstyles can be creative, even if you follow a pattern. You can get creative with hair color and style. If you enjoy making doll clothes, you will even enjoy making the dolls themselves!





All of the yarn pictured on this page is acrylic worsted weight. This was the most affordable yarn in the 1980's, and it is washable. Let's get started and have fun!


This doll's hair is formed from handmade fringe. The yarn was wrapped around cardboard two inches wide. The four inch lengths were cut by slitting the yarn along one long edge of the cardboard, then stitched in the center of the lengths on a sewing machine.

Circular lines were marked with a pen. The largest one is around the face and continues to the back of the doll's head, ending at the nape of the neck. Concentric lines 3/4 inches apart, form additional fringe placement lines. This doll has 4 rows of fringe and one additional "circle" of fringe in the center.

The fringe was hand stitched to the head in 1/2 inch intervals.






You can design many different styles, including long, flowing curls.

This style is certainly unique. It mimics long curls. The hair for this doll was formed by cutting 98 lengths of worsted yarn, each 26 inches long.Fourteen lengths were grouped together. Both ends of each group were rolled up three times and tied tightly, 1 1/4" from the rolled ends.

Here are closeups of the ends of these grouped lengths.

This is a picture of the back curls.

Here are closeups of the ends of these grouped lengths.

The fourteen "curled" lengths were placed next to each other, from the forehead back.

They were attached to the doll's head by hand. Here is a closeup view from the top.

The fourteen "curled" lengths were placed next to each other, from the forehead back.

They were attached to the doll's head by hand. Here is a closeup view from the top.






Below you can see pigtail styles:

Both of these dolls have braids. They depict two different styles of bangs. The brunette on the left has "looped" bangs, while Annie, our farmer doll, has had her loops cut so her bangs appear as single hair lengths. Bangs for the brunette were formed by wrapping yarn around a cardboard 3" wide.

Form Annie's bangs by looping yarn with a needle and tie the ends together into square knots. Annie has 14 knots across her forehead.

The hair lengths were formed from lengths 25" long for the brunette and 14" long for Annie (Both dolls are 15" tall).

Lay the lengths of yarn from the bangs back and stitch in place by hand, using yarn as thread.

Form braids - and your cloth dolls have styles that will last for decades.


Now that you have mastered the cloth dolls hairstyles,
would you like to see how the faces were created?


Learn more about cloth dolls.


Learn about Making Doll Clothes.