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How to make plushie hair by pheleon How to make plushie hair by pheleon
Once again, there is NO file to download!!! The tutorial can be found here: [link]

I promised a hair tutorial, and it was very difficult to organise my thoughts on the matter. My technique is very chaotic, and nearly impossible to explain.

It's pretty much a summary of what I've been doing. The rest is up to you to figure out!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I hope it helps! :heart: :peace:
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pheleon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Fleece is quite thick, so it should work! I used it once (for this Basil plush: [link] ) I'd suggest to do a little test before sticking it directly on the plush, just to be on the safe side.
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rpm1337 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Alright. ^_^ It's just my first time doing hair this way, so I'm a being a little cautious. ^_^;; A test will be a sure fire thing. ^_~

Thank you for your help!
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makaleasturdee Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
what fabrics do you use?? please let me know >.<
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ArtisticAbbie Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! :D
I wanna make a plushie of Bill Kaulitz, from Tokio Hotel: [link] [link]
So how exactly would I manage to do his hair? It looks really, really difficult... :XD: :confused:
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pheleon Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I've made Bill before...[link]
He's not that hard; it's just a lot of layers. Get a good ref (which you have) and look how the spikes are placed. :)
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ArtisticAbbie Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I saw yours not too long ago. I really like it! :D
And I did kinda figure his hair out myself a few days ago, haha. I think I pretty much know what to do now. :meow:
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Hollena Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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jam-a-val Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi~! I need advice on something... I want to make this guy [link] as a plushie and I was thinking of using "shag fur" for the hair. This is the first time I'm making a plushie though, so would that be a bad idea? What would you recommend?
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pheleon Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Shag fur can work! Check out my Godot plush...I used shag fur, and they've both got spiky hair. I just don't really know what to do for the bangs cuz I've never tried, but I know it's possible because of this: [link]
Also, be sure that the plush's head is proportionate to the hair's lenght...cuz if you make the head too big, the hair strands might be too short. ^^; Good luck!
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jam-a-val Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thanks! :D
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Jjaystar94 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I make amigurumi (crochet) dolls, and crocheting the hair doesn't give the right sharp angles for anime hair.
You are awesome!!! :D
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TheIrisWish Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm looking at getting away from using felt, for something more washable. Any suggestions? :)
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pheleon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Velboa is a nice fuzzy, sturdy fabric..but it's expensive and not as easy to find. I think the best would be to sew pieces of deersuede/craft velour, with some interfacing in between, to give it a little more weight... but that'd work for only some types of hair (i.e the ones with larger strands, or chunky hair).
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blahblahblahblaaahhh Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
This was so incredibly helpful, I can not wait to get started! Thank you so much for posting this.
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Pepper-Head Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Awesome tutorial~!
I have a question though - how would I do this guy's hair? [link] [link]
I'm assuming I'll have to use slightly larger strands of hair and use the volume technique? And I'd just layer it for the brown?

I'm just lost because I'm used to seeing him drawn as if the hair is.. I dunno, 'chunky'? Like it doesn't really have many strands. It's not like it really sticks out anywhere except for the top, but I can't do straight strands because it's not being pulled into a ponytail or anything. Errg this is hard to explain x__x I'm trying to visualize it but it looks terrible each time.
Would I do it similar to [link] or [link] ?

Sorry to bother you and thank you so much for helping me!
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pheleon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I think it would be best to use less strands, and more deliberate/accurate shapes for that type of design, but if you wanted to interpret it with anything in my gallery, I guess it's a bit like Roxas' hair ([link]) minus the large spike, plus brown bangs.
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MaceRider Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for this tutorial!
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CreativeNight Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a lot for sharing this. Iv been trying to learn how to work felt hair. so this should help.
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SwireMau5 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist
do you know how one might replicate facial fair?
I.E: I need to do this: [link]
and this: [link]
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pheleon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
For Rob, I'd use a small piece of felt since his beard comes off his chin. For Jonathan Davis, I'd suggest to draw in fine lines with a sharpie (the fine point type), or if you're good at embroidery, that can also be an option-- I just wouldn't recommend the felt since his mustache is a little scratchy, and felt can be sometimes 'bulky'.
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SwireMau5 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Cool! Thanks!
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ktigrer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for posting this tutorial. i've been looking for something like this for a while.:iconlaplz:
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chiirenzo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanx for your tutorial,, i'm following your tutorial too
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GoldenWingedAngel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome!
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MissterAndy Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so awesome! XD
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pheleon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Thanks! :hug:
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MissterAndy Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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kaoruobsessed Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE your tutorials! Your work is very impressive! I'm soo glad you shared with those of us making our own plushies!!
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ShadowPhoenix16 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful! Thank you for sharing!
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gunslingergal Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Thanks for this, it will come in handy!
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PenutKitty Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Waw! thank you very much. This makes the hair a thousand times more fascinating. c:
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anzareveange Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really usefull! thanks to share your wisdom!
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Toratell Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello, I want to start off by saying that I LOVE your hair tutorial, it saved my life as a doll maker... I'm not kidding either. So thank you very very much!!!
Although I do have a question, see I'm trying to make a Yuu Kanda doll, however all his hair is tied into a ponytail and I'm not exactly sure how to go about that especially with the back of his head... I'm just confused. I know you made a Kanda doll (Which is outstanding by the way!!! I really look up to you as a doll maker) but it just shows the front of his head in your picture. Even if you just put a picture of the back of his head it would help me greatly because I know explaining is kinda strange since I have such a strange question.
Sorry for bothering you with all this but I'd really appreciate it.
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pheleon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Here's a picture of his sale-mugshots (though he's been sold now): [link] That should help. :)
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Toratell Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, thank you very very much!!! I really appreciate this, it helps me greatly! :boogie:

Thank you very much again!
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HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU! This is just what I needed for my Princess Sallly Acorn plushie! Could they also be sewn on? Time consuming I know, but if one had the time, could it be done? I want to be able to hug my Sally plushie without her going bald. But this is perfect for show plushies!
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pheleon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Yes you can indeed sew on the felt! But it's very time consuming. I did it for some of my earlier plushies, and if you're making special hairstyles like dreads, it's much better to sew. But I found hot glue durable anyways. I made an L plushie that's quite raggedy and he's held up after 5 years now! :D If your plush will be handled a lot, it might actually be the felt that will wear down first-- in this case, if you're up for it, you might want to use a fabric like fleece. Another fellow plushiemaker buddy of mine uses it, and her results are quite nice too. Example: [link]
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HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! This just might work!
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Anime-Guru1217 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super interesting and helpful :) You've got a great talent!
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Angelwood-Studios Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
What do you suggest about hair with multiple shades of color. The project i am going to try to attempt has hair that goes brown to red to grey. Im kinda shy about telling what the plushie will look like... anyways, any suggestions?
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pheleon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
I've done some with multiple shades of colour. I usually just follow the ref pic- if there are strands in another colour, just alternate the pieces.. but if it's a gradient like your case, I guess start with the gray at the bottom, then to the red and finally the brown as your top layer.
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Jazi-chan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful! Thank you!
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ToxicVillain Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is helpful!!
(Thank you X3 )
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Borisluvsme Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Awww cool thank you!
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SharonTehPanda Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks, this is really helpful!!
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obily95 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student General Artist
very helpful ~ thank you very much ! :love:
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Photographer
Wow, this is really helpful! Thank you very much!
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HbearAA Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very helpful! thank you!
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liliedove Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your tutorials and plushies are great!
Though I've got a question- how do you make braids nicely?
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pheleon Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
I just make braids normally~ I usually cut one wide strand of felt into 3 parts, and then braid them the same like I'd so for real hair. :)
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