Make Your Wig Smaller

July 09, 2021

Make Your Wig Smaller

Make Your Wig Smaller

Here is a tutorial on how to make your wig smaller with a custom fit. You will need scissors, needle & thread, safety pins & something to mark with ( I used a sharpie for this demonstration). In short you will cut your wig into two pieces, remove the extra wefts and sew back together. It might sound scary but I promise it’s quite easy. The starting point will be between the bottom of the ear-tab and the loop( that your adjuster is threaded through). I like to be able to remove three wefts so I usually start cutting about three wefts down from the ear tab. TIP: Keep your nape adjuster and loop ( circled in blue in image 1)



The blue dashes in image 2) illustrate where you will cut your wig into two pieces.  TIP: When cutting always keep your finger as a buffer so you don’t cut any wig hair by accident.



Keep some lace ( as illustrated in image 3) so it will be easier when safety pinning and sewing your wig back together.



This is where the fun begins and where you can get a really custom fit to your wig. I start at the perimeter and in this case safety pin the wig up three wefts as shown in image 4). Try your wig back on and adjust the safety pins as needed to get a custom fit. TIP: Once you are happy with the fit wear your wig safety pinned together around the house just to be sure.



Once you have a good fit mark the top of the lace where you have the wig safety pinned together as shown in image 5). These marks will be used as a guide when sewing your wig back together and for removing wefts. TIP: I used a permanent black marker



Image 6) illustrates how your wig will look once you have cut her into two pieces ( the size of the wig pieces and weft amounts might be different because of the wig you are altering) Above the blue marks you will see the marks made by the permanent marker as illustrated in image 5). The blue marks illustrate where to cut your wig to remove the extra wefts. The yellow marks show you where to cut to release the wefts. Removing these wefts will give you a custom fit.



Image 7) illustrates what your wig will look like once you remove the extra wefts. As illustrated leave extra lace to make it easier to safety pin and sew your wig back together.

TIP: Keep the wefts you removed for future projects.



So to recap up to this point. You have cut your wig into two pieces ✔️ safety pinned back together and adjusted the safety pins to get a custom fit ✔️and cut and removed the extra wefts. ✔️ As illustrated in image 8) safety pin your wig back together one more time. Line up the lace from bottom section to the mark on the top section and pin in place. TIP: I pin the middle sections together first then the perimeter and lastly the side sections together.



Image 9) is a close up of your wig safety pinned back together and ready for the final step ( sewing back together).



Image 10) illustrates your wig ready to be sewn back together. The velcro adjuster covers where I sewed her back together. TIP: I remove the safety pins one at a time as I sew each section together. TIP: Fold the velcro in half to thread back through the loop



Image 11) illustrates the back of your finished wig alteration. No special sewing skills are required. Congratulations you now have a wig that will fit you like a glove. 👏🏻 TIP: Use thread that matches your wig cap TIP: Use sturdy cotton thread ( I used quilters thread) TIP: Make sure you knot and take a few anchor stitches to secure your handiwork.


 





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