Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ariel yarn wig DIY

I just made this Ariel (<I don't know why that's a link...) wig for my Etsy shop. It was a custom order from someone who bought a Rapunzel wig last year. She didn't want it tied down so I had to do layers of hair instead of putting it all at the top. I was kind of making it up as I went. It was relatively easy, but kind of time consuming. I will see if I can come up with a faster way.
I bought a $1 beanie from wal mart that was red with blue stripes. I turned it inside out and it was solid red. I put it on the nearest child and with a red permanent marker I marked out where I wanted the layers of hair to go. Important step. Even if you don't mark them, make a mental note of how to put them on. 

Wrap the yarn around something close to the length or slightly longer then the total length you want the wig.
 Cut one side
 line up several strands
 Tape them together
 pin the tape to the hat where you want it. Start with the bottom layers and work your way up. 
 I used a zig zag stitch so it would have some flex to it and move better with the hat. 

 Then I trimmed the loops off, not a necessary step though
 I have gotten several rows on, I'm almost to the top. (I think I did 3 or 4 rows on each side. 
 Top view (you can see the red lines I drew)
 Before you add the top, make sure there are no bare spots. You may need to add more to cover the back.

Now for the top, after I cut the strands I laid them directly over the top straddling the hat. I worked them around till I got even coverage of the top then taped and pined them in place on either side of the part. Then just stitch down the middle
 Check and double check for pins before you put it on any ones head!
Then trim it up.

In retrospect I think I should have sewn the hook side of velcro to the had in various places and only done the top layer and then press it into the Velcro to hold it in place. That would have been SUPER fast. If  I try I will show you how it turns out. Cause I now have a little girl who thinks she needs an Ariel wig too. :)

Finished wig
 And back view
Total cost about $5 I used a little more than 2 skeins of yarn (which I think was a little much, I coudl have slimmed it down to 1)


  1. no I like it full, Ariel had really thick hair that moved with the waves. Keep it full!

  2. How much for a Jessie on just like this?

    1. I'm not sure what you mean, can you link me a picture?

    2. Sorry opps I am looking for a Jessie wig from Toy Story. So red long like this on braided.

  3. Yes, I can do a Jessie wig for you. I charge $30. I do all transactions through my Etsy shop Ronedesign
    Send me a PM on Etsy and I can get a custom listing set up for you! :)

  4. Omg THANK YOU FOR THIS! I am going to use this technique to make a wig for my Egyptian costume this Halloween. I think this will work brilliantly (and not to mention, sooooo cost effective)!

  5. I love this tutorial! My 5 year old wants to be ariel for Halloween. I made her peppa pig costume last year and decided that from now on I'm making all of their costumes. I love making them things.

    Anyways.... can you explain the velcro tip you mentioned? I'm not understanding it.


  6. Take strips of velcrow about 4-6 in long. Discard the soft side, and sew only the rough side to the hat. Make 2 or 3 rows down each side of the head, running parallel to the part at the top. It would be best if the velcrow and the hat are the same color as the hair. Then sew the top layer of hair like I showed in the pictures, and make it a thick layer. The strands of hair will stick to the velcrow rows on the hat keeping it in place so when she moves the hat is not exposed. Hope that helped! Good luck!

  7. Just got back from Joannes. Making this tonight. Will let you know how it turns out. Thanks for the tutorial!