Creepy Cute Coiffure: Making and attaching hair

Are your crocheted creations having a bad hair day? Maybe looking a bit mangy? Well, read on for crafty hairstyling tips.

Making fringe

Most of my dolls have hair made of a yarn fringe, which I find to be faster and a little bit easier than attaching yarn hair one strand at a time. In these examples, I use a hairpin lace loom, which is easy enough to find in most craft stores, (something like this:
Susan Bates Adjustable Aluminum Hairpin Lace Loom

should work)

However, if you can't find one or don't feel the need, a longish piece of cardboard or wood about 2 1/4 inches wide will work too.

(Note: for this example, I'm using a contrasting piece of yarn in place of string to hold the edge of the fringe together, in order to make the steps more visible. Normally, I would use a piece of matching sewing thread, which is easier to hide when attaching the hair to the doll's head.)

Step 1: Start by making a ch 1 with the thread (or, the contrasting yarn in this example)

Step 2: Take the yarn and wrap it around the back and back around to the front

Step 3: Hold the loop on the hook to the front, and pull the thread to the back. Make a ch 1 with the thread (or, the contrasting yarn in this example). This should result in a ch 1 that is formed *around* the yarn.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have enough fringe to cover the doll's head.

The fringe should look like this after a few repetitions

This is a view of the same piece of fringe from the back

The fringe looks like this once removed from the hairpin loom

Notice that each chain stitch grabs one loops of yarn. Also notice that, if you pull on an individual piece of the fringe yarn at this point, it can slide under the chain stitch holding it and make the size of your loops unequal. If you've worked a relatively tight chain stitch to hold it together, the fringe should hold together reasonably well-- at least, long enough for you to better tack it into place on your doll.

Note: Normally, I would use thread to hold the fringe together-- the fringe would look more like this:

Attaching Hair: Corporate Zombie

To make to the hair, you'll basically be filling in the part of the head to be covered in a zig-zag pattern.

Since the corporate zombie's hair is going to have a part down one side, I find that it's best to attach the hair on one side all going one way, and the hair on the other side going the other.

...but, enough talk: Let's get some pictures of this!

You'll be filling in this part of the head first

Filling in with fringe in a zig-zag:

Now fill in the other half of the head with a zig-zag:

Now it's time for a haircut!

Trim the first side...

...and trim the other

Thank you!

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2015-11-27 06:14

This looks fun...always seeking a new hair do!

So I love this tutorial,

Anonymous   |   Sun, 2014-08-03 21:56

So I love this tutorial, just one question. After sewing this on and cutting the hair it pulls out :( what happened that it isn't staying put?

The downside of fringe hair

NeedleNoodles   |   Tue, 2015-12-29 22:44

The downside of fringe hair is that it isn't terribly sturdy, and the yarn can be pulled out.

Here are some options to combat this:

-- Using thread instead of yarn as you chain along the side helps a little, since the chain locking your yarn in place is a little bit tighter. After each stitch, pull your thread tight.

-- If you really want that hair to stay in place, when you're stitching the fringe in place, run a stitch through each piece of yarn. This is time-consuming, but there aren't too many quick and durable ways to do yarn hair.

-- If the item doesn't need to be washed, try glue!

My Little Pony Mane and Tail

Anonymous   |   Sun, 2014-01-05 20:39

Thanks for much for the in depth tutorial. I have made a Lyra Heartstrings My Little Pony for my daughter and I know the cutness can be in the details. I fussed over how to attach the mane until I ran across your blog here and knew it would be the answer. Worked very well!

Hair Tutorial

Anonymous   |   Tue, 2013-04-02 17:51

What an elegant way to add hair, I'm impressed.



Anonymous   |   Thu, 2013-02-21 00:26


I was wondering if you might have instructions on how to create the little collar on the white shirt on the doll here. I am a first time amigurumi doll maker and I wanted to make a simple boy doll with a white collared shirt and a blue sweater over it so the collar hangs over. Can you help or point me in the right direction? Thank you!!

Collar pattern

NeedleNoodles   |   Wed, 2014-03-26 22:58

The pattern for the collar and all the rest is from the Corporate Zombie pattern in the book Creepy Cute Crochet.

WONDERFUL tutorial... question though...

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2013-01-26 17:13

Are the two sides of hair on the zombie head done with one long piece of fringe? If so, do you run the end of the first side down the middle, then start the second zigzag? Both sides seem to start from the bottom and go up based on the arrows in the pictures which implies two pieces of fringe but the photos seem to show one long piece.

Starting with one long piece

NeedleNoodles   |   Mon, 2013-01-28 03:01

Starting with one long piece helps because you don't know exactly how much fringe you'll need for the first section of zigzags. I suggest starting from the bottom and working your way up to the part in the hair, cutting the fringe, then starting again at the bottom of the second zigzag and working your way back up to the part.

I have an idea!! :)

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2013-06-01 16:56

If you could cut a piece of yarn then pin it down in a zig zag pattern from top to bottom then you can remove it and that would be your measurement. I tried it with my doll. It seemed to work very well. Off course you would have to make sure that when you measure the hair fringe on the hair loom thingie that they would not be too close together or too far apart. :)

Crochet on Christen Haden!!!
Without you I would have never finished this project for school on time!!!
Thank you so much!!! <3

Yeah, that would work!

NeedleNoodles   |   Tue, 2013-06-04 17:56

Yeah, that would work! you mentioned, you'd have to make sure that your loops weren't too scrunched together or pulled apart on the loom when you measure, but you'd at least have a good ballpark measurement. Good idea! :)


Anonymous   |   Wed, 2013-01-23 04:04

So I got your book from Target and I was dying to try out the hair. But with lack of pictures I quickly got confused (or too lazy to figure out the instructions. Whatever...) so this helps a ton! :D

Brilliant! Thank you for

Anonymous   |   Tue, 2012-09-04 18:18

Brilliant! Thank you for posting this.

Thank you so much!

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2012-08-10 04:33

Thanks so much for posting this tutorial! I can't wait to start it! The instructions are so clear. You are amazing! Thanks!

The crochet hook

Anonymous   |   Thu, 2012-08-02 12:24

Hi, thank you for the tutorial, it is really detailed and clear, from the moment you start sewing the fringe to the zombie's head to the end.
it is the first part that still confuses me.. what is the crochet hook for? Why crocheting the clear yarn around every thread of the fringe? Thank you for the help you can give me! .-)

Chain stitch

NeedleNoodles   |   Sun, 2012-08-05 14:10

You need the crochet hook to make the chain that holds the fringe together. I used an off white yarn in the first few photos just to make sure that the stitches would be visible, but when making fringe to use, I would crochet with a matching thread in order to make the chain show less when stitching the hair to the head. (I'm not sure if this is what you meant by "clear yarn")

Very cute indeed

Anonymous   |   Mon, 2012-05-28 10:16

Thanks so much for the cute doll. It would be a great fun as well as learning activity for kids. Your illustrations are nice. Thanks especially for the detailed markings on the pics. Would like to dedicate one of the art quotes by Oscar Wilde to you: A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.


Anonymous   |   Fri, 2012-05-18 11:03

That is really amazing to put hair on the doll in a very easy and cute manner. Everyone quoted you thanks as this is actually perfect. I am also very thankful to teach this cute hair making. I recall one of very beautiful cute quotes - We don't stop playing because we grow old we grow old because we stop playing. So this makes me remember I must be young by palying with these dolls.


Anonymous   |   Sun, 2012-05-06 13:22

I'm an experienced knitter and crocheter but had never attached yarn strands as hair. As a visual learner, this was a GREAT explanation! I appreciated the photos and step explanations, it made completing my project VERY easy.

mystery solved?

Anonymous   |   Thu, 2012-01-12 03:19

is this how trump does his hair?


Anonymous   |   Mon, 2012-01-09 01:28

Thank you so much for taking the time to make this tutorial. The book is so unspecific and I was so confused being new to the yarn arts. You kind of rule.

Crocheted hair fringe

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2011-12-23 15:17

This is quite amazing and VERY creative! I salute you for coming up with this! I will surely use it in my dollmaking now instead of the tedious and very un-looked-forward to of putting hair on a doll!


Anonymous   |   Fri, 2011-10-07 07:38

I sat on my bed, your book on my knees and the Corporate Zombie in my hands. I thoght I would drive mad cause the hair didn't work... I'm sooooo glad I found your site with this detailed explanation. Anyway my zombie would have ended up in any drawer... :D

thank you

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2011-02-26 20:11

thank you so much for posting this excelent way to make hair for amigurumi dolls...

many thanks from themeg on ravelry

Anonymous   |   Mon, 2011-01-10 01:22

Thanks to you, I was able to add fringe to my Zero Suit Samus doll. I cited this tutorial on my ravelry account. Thanks!


celbai   |   Thu, 2010-12-23 06:41

Omg, this tutorial saved Christmas...

Cool hair but still confused!

Anonymous   |   Wed, 2010-07-07 13:53


I love this way of doing the hair. Finally got the knack for making the fringe down last night. I was wondering about a few things though (even after looking at the above pictures - must be having a stupid day!) and I wondered if you could help:

1. How long a piece of fringe does it take to make the hair for one head (roughly)? I know it depends on the number of zig zags and the size of the head but it would be really helpful if you could give me a ballpark figure, both to give me a target for my fringe-making but also to help determine how many zig-zags are necessary to get suitably lush-looking hair. ;)

2. Are the two sides of hair on the zombie head done with one long length of fringe? If yes, then where do the two sides join up? Both sides seem to start from the bottom and go up based on the arrows in the pictures which implies two bits of fringe but the photos seem to show one long piece of fringe.

3. If you're doing the hair in two sections to get a parting at the top of the head, how do you make sure that the parting doesn't continue down the back of the head too?

4. If the doll doesn't have a parting (thinking the Vampire Queen or Amazon here), do you do the hair any differently?

Sorry for all the questions ! :)


Good questions! Any

Anonymous   |   Thu, 2011-02-17 15:31

Good questions! Any answres?
Please it will be helpfull!

Huge Thanks

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2010-05-22 08:38

Thank you so much for posting this - I couldn't figure out how to make the hair

thank you thank you thank you

whimsandtrims   |   Mon, 2009-10-12 16:17

this was a HUGE help. I was working on making myself a "wild thing" from the "Where the Wild Things Are" book, and your tutorial helped me give him hair!! I cited your page here on my blog giving you credit for it! thanks again! loved it!!

Love the fringe. I am going

medea   |   Sun, 2009-07-26 10:32

Love the fringe. I am going to have a lot of home dec projects after we move, so this might come in handy.


ccrowley   |   Tue, 2009-01-20 22:09

Thank you so much for posting detailed instructions with pictures! I've been trying to figure it out. I was basically right, but I'm glad I have verification!

Love your patterns. It's some of the only crochet I do that my husband doesn't make fun of me for! He's "ordered" infinite zombies and ninjas and a diorama so he can make a battle field. Zombies vs Ninjas!! I've gotten orders from all of my friends and even one who wants me to teach her how to make them! lol

Really sweet

IggyJingles   |   Wed, 2008-06-18 02:26

This is a neat technique, and would work for other cloth dolls also. I use multiple yarns to make the locks of hair for my dolls, but I think this way could be useful for some other kinds of doll I have planned. Thanks for the tute.


socialmaker   |   Mon, 2009-03-02 15:40
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I have to admit this is a great tutorial but i think i'll never get to finalize any of my dolls and make them look like any of yours... Any tips on how to remove odors ? I don't know what to spray them with so they'll smell better.

Ne quid nimis.

Febreeze - trust me, I smoke

Anonymous   |   Sun, 2012-07-08 10:57

Febreeze - trust me, I smoke

Hmm... simply airing out a

NeedleNoodles   |   Sun, 2009-03-08 20:49

Hmm... simply airing out a project outside on a nice day can work wonders.

If that doesn't work, I've also heard that putting the project in a plastic bag along with a dryer sheet or two, tying it it closed, and leaving it for a day or two can also help.

Simply airing out a ....

Anonymous   |   Thu, 2011-06-09 09:18

Another tip that has worked for me is to place the item in a plastic bag with one of those scented wall plug in refills and leaving it there for a few days. Try something soft toned, such as vanilla, or powder scent, or any scent that you like that you think will go with your project. For instance, I like apples so my kitchen is decorated in an apple motif. I made some small crocheted apples to put into a small bag I made from plastic canvas, and I placed the whole works into a large plastic zipper bag, (2 gal size) with three of those refills in apple cinnamon scent. I also placed one in the bottom of the bag that I made and left it there before stacking the crocheted "apples" in it. My kitchen smells great, I can refresh it any time by doing the same thing over again, and no air freshener is lurking around for anyone to see! I hope this helps, and I did not mean to write so much. Good luck!

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