Gluing eyes and small things

Bonny posted Message 1353 in the CraftPals All Crafts BB
Dated : August 27, 1998 at 04:33:51
Subject: Quick way to make doll hair or garlands

#### I was trying to think of how to make a garland to decorate a Feather Christma tree. Then I recalled seeing a show where they were making doll hair, using a "giant hairpin". I decided this same technique will work to make a garland. (just use different colors).

So I thought I'd share the technique, just in case someone out there doesn't know about it.
Use a strong piece of wire (like the heaviest wire clothes hanger you can get).
Shape the wire into a hair-pin shape (like a very long U).
Then starting at the open end, or "legs" of the hair-pin, tie a knot on one leg with yarn, raffia, twine, etc.

Then start wrapping the yarn around and around the "hair-pin" until you are about 3/4 of the way down the length of the legs.
Leave some room where you started, so the yarn will not slip off. Set this assembly onto the sewing machine, so that the presser foot is between legs at the open end .
Then start sewing down through the center of the wrapped yarn.
As you sew, you will be able to slide the sewn yarn off the legs.
v And as you sew, continue to wrap more yarn around the hair-pin.
The longer the stitch length, the looser the garland will be.

For a really tight one, use a short zig zag stitch.
When it is as long as you want it, cut the yarn and lock the machine stitching.
Pull the last of the garland off the hair-pin.
This can be used as is, for a garland, or stitch it to a rag doll's head, closely layering it by stitching the sewn centers of the garland beside one another and allowing the loops to stand up.
Then cut the loops or leave them depending upon the kind of hair you want.
Different widths of these garlands can be made by using smaller or larger "hair-pins" I hope I explained this so it is understandable.
If you have any questions, I will try to answer them. bye Bonny (Granny)
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