Mommy’s Hair Doll or Stuffed Animal
My daughter never chose a comfort item. The only thing that comforted her was my hair. That posed a problem at naptimes and bedtimes. I came up with this crazy idea to make a doll for my daughter with my hair. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one. Quite a few moms out there were looking to do the same thing. The only person/ company I could find who would make one though was no longer in business. The lady who made the doll was kind enough to give email me her doll pattern and instructions on how she made it. They were cute and served their purpose, but not exactly what I was looking for. I then came up with the idea of adding my hair to a stuffed animal (if you’ve never had a child who is comforted by your hair, I can imagine you think I’m pretty wacky by now!). I finally settled on a horse because I thought it had the potential to add the most hair to. I wanted a soft and cuddle horse and finally decided on a Webkinz horse.
This image is owned and copywrited by Webkinz by Ganz
I had been letting my hair grow the full 9 months I was pregnant and the few months after she was born. I was in need of a good haircut! My hairdresser took about 4 inches off and we saved the hair. I’m sorry I didn’t take pictures of the steps. I had no intention of posting this at the time.
Step 1. Glue the hair to fabric. I took 2 pieces of fabric and glued the top half inch of the hair between them with fabric glue. For the mane, I used longer strips of fabric and glued down the side. For the tail, I used more of a square piece and didn’t spread the hair out as much. I was worried the glue would be too thick for the sewing machine, but it worked out. This was a messy process for me.
Step 2. Dry and comb. After I let the glue fully dry, I combed, and combed, and rinsed, and combed to get as much of the lose hair as I could.
From here, I sent it to someone else for help- LOL! I am not a sewer. Without knowing what I am talking about, I will try to explain to you how I explained to the seamstress who sewed it for me.
Step 3. Take horse apart at seams. The horse had to be unstuffed, taken apart at the seams, and turned inside out. The ‘hair’ that was there had to be taken out.
Step 4. Sew in hair. With the horse inside out, the fabric with hair glued in was placed between the two halves of the horse where the horse’s original ‘hair’ was. This was done with both the mane and tail.
Step 5. Sew the horse back together as much as possible, leaving room to turn it right side out again.
Step 6. Restuff and hand stitch. Restuff the horse and hand stitch the hole.
Step 7. I chose to rinse the hair and flatten after it was finished to get the hair to lay a little prettier.
So here it is! I think it turned out pretty cute and my baby girl just loves it!!