How To Sew A Wig By Hand

Are you tired of spending a fortune on wigs that don’t fit quite right or don’t look the way you want them to? Why not try making your own wig by hand? Sewing a wig by hand may seem daunting, but with a bit of patience and practice, anyone can do it. Plus, making your own wig allows you to customize it to your exact specifications, ensuring that it fits comfortably and looks just the way you want it to.

First, you’ll need to gather your materials. You’ll need a wig cap, hair wefts, a needle, and thread. You can find these items at a craft store or online.

Once you have your materials, you’ll need to measure your head to ensure that your wig cap fits properly. From there, you’ll be able to sew on the hair wefts and style your wig as desired.

With a little creativity and experimentation, you’ll be able to create the perfect wig for you. So, let’s get started!

Gather Your Materials

Gather all your materials before you can start sewing the wig by hand. First, you’ll need a wig cap that fits your head. You can find these at most beauty supply stores or online. Make sure to choose a color that matches your hair or the wig you’ll be attaching to it.

Next, you’ll need a needle and thread. You can use any color thread, but black or brown is recommended for most wigs. Choose a strong, durable thread that will hold up over time. It’s also helpful to have a thimble to protect your fingers while you’re sewing.

You’ll need hair wefts or extensions to create the wig. You can find these at beauty supply stores or online. Choose hair that matches your natural hair texture and color, or the wig you’ll be attaching to it. You may also need scissors or a razor to cut the hair to the desired length and style.

Once you have all your materials, you’re ready to start sewing your wig by hand.

Measure Your Head

First, grab a measuring tape and wrap it around your head at the widest point to determine your head circumference. This will help you determine the size of the wig cap you’ll need to make. Make sure the measuring tape is snug but not too tight, as this will affect the fit of the wig. Write down the measurement so you don’t forget it.

Next, measure the length of your head from the front hairline to the nape of your neck. This will help you determine the length of the wig cap you’ll need to make. Again, make sure the measuring tape is snug but not too tight, and write down the measurement.

Measure the width of your forehead from ear to ear. This will help you determine where to start and end the wig cap on each side. It’s important to get accurate measurements to ensure the best fit for your wig.

Once you have all your measurements, you’re ready to start making your wig cap and sewing on your hair.

Prepare Your Wig Cap

Now it’s time to prepare your wig cap. First, you need to cut the lace to fit your hairline.

Then, secure the cap onto your head using bobby pins or wig clips. This will ensure that your wig stays in place while you sew it.

Cut the Lace

To start cutting the lace, grab a pair of scissors and carefully trim along the hairline. Make sure to leave a little bit of lace beyond the hairline so that you can glue it onto the wig cap. It’s important to cut the lace as close to the hairline as possible without cutting any of the hairs themselves. This will help create a more natural-looking wig.

Once you’ve trimmed the lace around the hairline, you may need to cut additional lace around the ears and nape of the neck. Use the same technique of trimming as close to the hairline as possible without cutting any hairs. Take your time and be patient, as this step can make a big difference in the final look of your wig.

Once all the lace has been trimmed, you’re ready to move on to the next step of sewing the wig by hand.

Secure the Cap

Don’t forget to secure the wig cap tightly onto your head before moving onto the next step! This is a crucial step in making sure your wig fits properly and stays in place. You can use bobby pins or a wig grip to secure the cap onto your head. Make sure the cap sits comfortably on your head and is not too loose or too tight.

To help you choose between bobby pins and a wig grip, take a look at this table:

Bobby Pins Wig Grip None
Cheap Secure Uncomfortable
Can be visible Can be hidden Risk of slipping
Can cause discomfort Comfortable Risk of damaging hair

Consider your personal preferences and the occasion you will be wearing the wig for when deciding which option to choose. Once the cap is secured onto your head, you can move onto the next step of sewing the wig by hand.

Sew on the Hair Wefts

First, you’ll need to take the hair wefts and sew them onto the wig cap using a needle and thread. Start by folding the wefts in half so that they’re easier to handle.

Then, take your needle and thread and sew along the folded edge of the weft, making sure to secure it tightly onto the cap. Continue this process, layering the wefts on top of each other until you have covered the entire cap.

As you sew on the wefts, make sure that you’re creating a natural-looking hairline. To do this, sew the wefts in a staggered pattern, with shorter wefts at the front and longer ones at the back. This will help to create a more realistic look and prevent the wig from looking too bulky at the front.

Once you’ve sewn on all of the wefts, take a comb and gently brush through the hair to make sure that it’s evenly distributed. You can also trim any excess hair that may be sticking out.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully sewn on the hair wefts and you’re one step closer to completing your handmade wig!

Style Your Wig

Now that you’ve sewn on your hair wefts, it’s time to style your wig!

First things first, you may need to trim the hair to achieve your desired length and shape. Once that’s done, you can choose to either curl or straighten the hair to create the perfect look for you.

With these simple steps, you’ll be able to rock your new wig with confidence!

Trim the Hair

To give your wig a natural look, it’s time to start trimming the hair with a pair of scissors. Before you start, make sure the wig is securely fastened to a wig head or mannequin. It’s important to trim the hair while it’s on the head to ensure you’re cutting it to the correct length and style.

To begin, separate the hair into sections and comb each section out. Use the table below as a guide for how much hair to trim based on your desired style. Remember to start with small cuts and gradually work your way up. It’s always better to cut less hair and make adjustments as needed. Once you’ve finished trimming, use a comb to blend the layers together for a seamless look. With a little patience and practice, you’ll be able to create a customized wig that looks and feels like your own hair.

Desired Style Amount to Trim
Straight 1/4 inch
Layered 1/2 inch at the top, 1/4 inch at the bottom
Bob 1/2 inch
Pixie Cut 1/2 inch
Side-Swept Bangs 1/4 inch

Curl or Straighten the Hair

Achieving the perfect look for your wig involves adding some personality to it, which can be done by curling or straightening the hair to your desired style. This step is important to create a natural and realistic appearance for your wig.

Here are some tips to help you curl or straighten the hair:

  1. Use a heat protectant spray to prevent damage to the hair while heat styling.

  2. For curly hair, use a curling iron or hot rollers to create bouncy curls. Start from the bottom and work your way up to the top of the wig.

  3. For straight hair, use a flat iron to straighten the hair in small sections. Be careful not to apply too much heat to avoid damage.

  4. Once you’ve finished styling the hair, let it cool down before handling it to prevent the curls or straightened sections from unraveling.

By following these tips, you can achieve a beautiful and natural-looking wig that reflects your personal style. Remember to take your time and be patient while styling the hair to avoid any mishaps.

Wear and Maintain Your Wig

Now that you’ve learned how to sew a wig by hand and have styled it to your liking, it’s important to know how to properly wear and maintain it.

The first key point is to make sure you securely fasten your wig to your head. This will prevent any embarrassing mishaps while wearing it out in public.

The second key point is to regularly wash and condition your wig to keep it looking fresh and healthy.

Properly Secure Your Wig

First, make sure the wig cap is securely in place on your head before sewing the wig onto it. You can use bobby pins or wig clips to keep the cap in place. If the cap is loose, the wig will shift and could cause discomfort or even fall off.

To properly sew the wig onto the cap, you will need a curved needle and thread that matches the color of the wig cap. Use the following steps to securely attach the wig to the cap:

Step Instruction
1 Thread the needle and tie a knot at the end.
2 Insert the needle through the wig cap and pull it through.
3 Insert the needle through the wig weft and pull it through.
4 Repeat steps 2 and 3, sewing the wig weft onto the cap in small sections.
5 Once the wig is fully sewn onto the cap, tie a knot and trim the excess thread.

By properly securing your wig, you can ensure that it stays in place and looks natural. Don’t rush the sewing process and take your time to create a sturdy and comfortable hold.

Wash and Condition Your Wig

To keep your wig looking its best, it’s important to regularly wash and condition it.

When washing your wig, fill a sink or basin with cool water and add a small amount of wig shampoo. Gently swish the wig in the water, being careful not to rub or twist the fibers. Rinse the wig thoroughly with cool water, making sure all of the shampoo is removed.

After washing, apply a small amount of wig conditioner to the wig, avoiding the roots and cap. Leave the conditioner on for a few minutes before rinsing it out with cool water.

Gently squeeze out any excess water and use a towel to blot the wig dry. Avoid using a hair dryer or other heat sources to dry the wig, as this can damage the fibers.

With proper washing and conditioning, your wig will look beautiful and last longer.

Customize and Experiment

Get creative and try out different styles to make your hand-sewn wig truly unique! Once you’ve washed and conditioned your wig, it’s time to start customizing it to your liking.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Experiment with different parting styles. You can create a middle part, a side part, a zig-zag part, or even a diagonal part. Play around with the placement until you find the perfect look for you.

  • Add some layers to your wig. This can give it more volume and movement, making it look more natural. You can create long layers, short layers, or a combination of both.

  • Try out different hair textures. If you want a more natural look, consider using different textures of hair. You can mix and match straight, wavy, and curly hair to create a unique look.

  • Add some color. You can dye your wig any color you like, or even add highlights or lowlights. This is a great way to make your wig stand out and express your personal style.

  • Accessorize. You can add clips, headbands, or even hats to your wig to change up the look. This is a fun way to add some personality and flair to your wig.

Customizing your wig is a fun and creative process. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things until you find the perfect look for you. With a little time and effort, you can create a hand-sewn wig that is truly unique and reflects your personal style.