Make your four-legged friend part of the Halloween celebration with a festive felted wig.
Tools and Materials
- Wig base template/diagram
- Measuring tape
- Sharp scissors
- 100-percent wool felt
- Felting brush or pad
- Lincoln sheep wool (Lincoln locks)
- Felting needles
- Glue or needle and thread
- Velcro (optional)
Dog Wig How-To
1. Print template, enlarging or reducing to fit dog's head, if necessary. Measure between dog's ears. Using the vertical dotted line on the template as an example, trim the template so that the distance between ear hole and straight vertical line is half the measurement between the dog's ears.
2. Fold felt in half. Lay straight edge of template at fold. Trace template onto felt with pencil. Cut out wig base from felt and unfold.
3. Lay base over felting brush or pad. Begin with a small tuft of wool, laying 1/2 inch of one end on outer edge of wig base. Felt with felting needle(s) until strands appear on underside of base and are anchored securely. Continue felting around entire outer edge of wig base. Move in another 1/4 to 1/2 inch from edge and add more strands of wool in the same way.
4. Continue felting around base, following arrows in template diagram to place wool. For the area around each ear hole, direct wool strands toward the center of the hole before felting to base. Fold locks up and away from hole to cover felted edge.
5. To make a center "part," follow diagram to lay strands of wool perpendicular to center line, from ear holes inwards. About 1/4 to 1/2 inch from center of wig, lay strands of wool in opposite direction and felt to base. Fold these strands over their felted edge, back toward ear hole, to hide felted area.
6. To secure wig to dog's head, attach 1/2-inch felt straps to either side of wig with glue or needle and thread. Tie straps under dog's chin, or trim straps and apply Velcro fasteners to ends.
7. Trim and style wig to accommodate dog's eyes and ears.
Hand-dyed Lincoln wool from Mountain Fiber Folk. Wool felt from Magic Cabin.