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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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:iconlapsy-chan:
Lapsy-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the amazing guide ^_^ 
Made my first ever plush chibi, tried one of the techniques you showed.
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bisquie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the insight! I think I'll go with the long strip method for my latest comm, which is a slightly anthro cat with human hair. *wagh*
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PlutosDaughter Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have a pattern for the specific plushie you made to demo on?
I'd love to get ahold of that (that is, if you can find it) :)
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Alapest Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
I really love this! I used your triangle method on my Nico Di Angelo plush! But, I was wondering, one plush I want to make, the character has really curly hair (and is a guy) how could I curl the hair without buying new fabric or ruining it? Any suggestions?
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MiniShippo Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Take thin strips of fabric and curl them around a cylinder slightly smaller than the tightness if the curl and hold until the form holds if you mess up you can usually iron it back out straight...
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Alapest Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Thank you so much! I'll try it out :)
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PlutosDaughter Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, I'd love a picture of that! :) Sounds adorable!
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Alapest Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Of my Nico plush? I think I've already posted it... I just still need to make his aviator jacket XD
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QueenOfAwesome3987 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student General Artist
*Fangirls slightly* A Nico Plushie?! THAT IS SO AWESOME! :D
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Alapest Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
I made him so I could give Nico all the hugs.
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ValkyrieWolf246 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This was the most helpful tutorial I've ever found! I've finished a bunch of plushies for my friend ~SatinMurderer and her sister ~TheNamelessDead for Christmas presents and the last thing I need to do is put on the hair, yet I don't know how. I like your explanations on each "style", how to do it, and which would be better for certain cases. The dolls I made are of their own characters (they're both writers) so there isn't much I can look off of in ways of references. I'm feeling much more confident now that I have this tutorial to look off of!
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CatalystHeart420 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Wow I actually feel like I can do this now thanks so much
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pheleon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Glad it helps; good luck! :D
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misuzukelaweirdo Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Very good hair tutorial for plushies.
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k-tiraam Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this tutorial. :D :heart:

I managed to create a plushie of my own and I had this tutorial as my guide to make the hair for the plushie! Here's the plushie that I made: [link]
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pheleon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Looks great! Glad my tutorial was of some help. :D
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k-tiraam Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! The tutorial really was helpful. :aww:
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rpm1337 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How do you keep the hot glue from soaking through the fabric?
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:iconpheleon:
pheleon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
The glue just doesn't seep..cuz it's usually not liquid hot, and the felt is thick. For thinner fabrics, I just avoid using hot glue alltogether cuz it looks messy. :/
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rpm1337 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So if I used fleece, do you think it would still work? I mean I could go out and get some liquid stitch, but if it's not necessary, I won't spend the money. xD
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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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