fairy doll with yarn ball buns

Fairy how-to, that’s where we were, right? I’m making another fairy like this gal from the Elise/Elsa pattern and I’ll take photos along the way to show how to do her hair. Here’s what I’ve done so far.

First sew her body and head and stuff them both. I stuff my dolls super firm, not only because I like the way that looks and feel on the finished doll but also because I do the hair and face on after stuffing and I need a firm surface to work on. Next sew the head to the body using the ladder stitch.

I started the hair with the bangs. Using one continuous piece of yarn pin the bangs in place. Then I use tacking stitches in a matching color thread to sew them down.

Bangs are sewn down, now I’m pinning down rest of the hair to the head. Buns will be last. I wanted a center part so I looped around at the center and then back around back of head and came up other side to that center mark and then back around. I made the part from top of bangs across the top of the head and then in the back I gave up the part and just swirled in a circle. You need lots of pins and lots of patience. Next step is sewing it all down with tacking stitches.

Now for the buns. You need to wind two little balls of yarn for the buns. About 2″ diameter. I start by winding a few loops around my finger one way, then back across the middle the other way until I’ve got a nugget started to work with. Then just wind and wind, evenly around until you have a fat happy round yarn ball. Mine are pretty dense when I’m done. I suggest you keep the tension more tight than loose. When you sew bun to head you don’t want it to unravel.

Cut off the yarn with a nice long tail, 20″ or so. And to “tie off” the ball I loop around the base of the last few rotations of yarn a few times with my needle and pull tight. Then to anchor the opposite side of the ball/bun I push the needle through center and out other side. Then I catch a few strands on other side and come back through. What you’re trying to do is just anchor what you can to prevent unraveling. You can do this as much as you think necessary.

Tack to head with stitches until it feels secure. I start at the base and then move out in a wider circle pressing the bun down flatter against the head. That way a wider surface is attached to the head – more secure.

Looks like this when I’m done. Tonight I’ll sew the other bun on and the arms and we’ll get moving on finishing her up!

5 thoughts on “fairy doll with yarn ball buns

  1. Beth says:

    This is beautifully done! Thank you for the detailed pictures, it makes it easy to understand. What a labor of love this seems to be!

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