Step 6: Making the Wig Base, Part 2

Next we need to add sideburns to our wig base. These are made out of the sturdy fabric, such as cross stitch fabric. I cut mine at about one inch wide. My sideburns are usually five inches long, but it depends on your head size. Sideburns usually extend to where your jaw meets the bottom of your ear.

Put your wig cap on your wig head. Start warming up your hot glue gun. I prefer to set mine on 'high' (380 degrees Fahrenheit/193 degrees Celsius on my glue gun), as it bonds the plugs of yarn better to the wig cap, and is just generally more secure. But if you're afraid of burning yourself, then 'low' (248 degrees Fahrenheit/120 degrees Celsius on my glue gun) will work as well, but you will have to be very careful when combing out your wig.

Once the glue gun is heated up, place a line of glue across one narrow edge of the sideburn. Carefully press the end onto the wig cap, about where your temple would be. Angle it toward the back of the head. After that is mostly cooled down, lift the sideburn up to place a vertical line of glue on the wig cap, along the edge of the sideburn. Press the sideburn carefully into place.
<p>so when I started making this wig I had a spin I wanted to do on it, I wanted it to be long and very ferrel like, but I underestimated the yarns ability to hold together. When you pull the plugs and fluff the ends it measures about two inches in length. I got a method going to hold a little bit more in by tying a long strand at the top and bottom then pulling the bottom plug appart. I'm attempting to keep longer pieces by keeping a knot at the top and bottom and then hiding the bottom knot with other strands on top. Here's my progress so far. Also copied a different tutorial for the ears. </p>
Do you sale wigs
No i don't I'm sorry :( it's quite easy to make though
Do someone knows where I can buy one from
I just made one for my Munkustrap Holloween Costume using your guide. It helped a bunch. I didn't use Lions brand or whatever you used however. It still turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.
I just made one for my Munkustrap Holloween Costume using your guide. It helped a bunch. I didn't use Lions brand or whatever you used however. It still turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.
<p>Do you think Lion Brand&reg; Vanna's Choice&reg; Could work?????</p>
<p>Love it!!!</p>
<p>I made this for my son. It was brilliant to have step by step instructions and photos and I thank you so much as I would not have had a clue where to start otherwise. I also made a top with collar. Using the same process. </p>
<p>Do you have a video on how to make this wig</p>
I enjoyed making my costume and it was a huge hit at the YMCA halloween pumpkin patch party last night....thanks for this tutorial .
<p>Awesome! Thank you so much for this - it was very helpful. Definitely a long process, but well worth it. A purrrfect (gah, sorry, I couldn't resist) guide to help me with my Cheshire Cat Halloween costume. And I stuffed one of the legs from the hose with the fuzz that came out from the combing and a straightened-out wire hanger, then glued on leftover prepared yarn and voila! A tail :)</p>
<p>Cool! Great tutorial!</p>
<p>Is this wig designed to be worn so the pantyhose cap is covering your ears or is it worn just above the ears?</p>
<p>Does the sideburn area need to be glued to your face or does it just hang freely? </p>
<p>It hangs freely and hides your ears underneath. If you want stability, hair grips are the answer.</p>
<p>Thank you. In the photos it appears as if the wig base covers your ears and the sideburns are in front of the ears. Is that right or should the cap fit just above the ears rather than covering them over? </p>
<p>Thank you so much for posting this - I have recently finished making 30 wigs for a youth production of CATS the musical at our local theatre. I have made them all true to the West End/Tour with a few alterations like 6 x kittens and a Rasterfarian Old Deuteronomy and they all look FABULOUS. I will post a picture once the production has closed at the end of April. The youngsters are so excited (as am I) and I am sure that the end result will have the polished effect because of these wigs (and makeup). THANK YOU. </p>
<p>Is there anything else that would work in place of panty hose? I bought some and it is very uncomfortable. I am a man with a large head and I feel like I would not be able to keep pantyhose on my head for very long.</p>
<p>I used a pre-made spandex skull cap once and I bought some spandex but haven't used it yet. Good luck on your project!</p>
<p>Here's the newest one. Same girl 4 years later</p>
<blockquote><a href="http://www.michaels.com/search?q=yarn" rel="nofollow">Does it have to be Homespun? are there any other brands of yarn that would work fine?</a></blockquote>
<p>I think any roving wool would work. As long as it pulls apart to make the fluffy ends. I used Homespun and did like the feel of it. The thread is a pain but not too much. </p>
<p>Thank you!!</p>
<p>Made my granddaughter a rumpleteazer wig several years ago and am getting ready to make one again. Her second round in Cats. She's grown a lot since the first one. This is by far the best tutorial I found. I was so happy to find it again after 3 years. </p>
<p>Does it have to be Homespun? are there any other brands of yarn that would work fine?</p>
Hi, I would like to start with my cats wig as well, but I do not know which yarn to use.<br>Please let me know which brand and which you used as I have to look for it in Germany.<br>Thanks
<p>First question: What is the &quot;clear glue&quot;? Just a regular Elmer's type glue?</p><p>Second question: The wig I am working on is my first, I am just a bit concerned about the longevity of it because it is put together with hot glue. Im not saying its no good, just wondering if anyone knows how long it will last or if anyone has had issues with fur buds falling off??</p><p>Thanks! Great tutorial!</p>
Hey just wondering if you have any tips for making a fan ear wig? I'm trying to make a Timothy Scott Mistoffelees style wig. The tips of the yarn of the side burns are a lot more feathery than the Jacob Brent video version. Great tutorial though, It's really helped me out making a Rumpleteazer wig for a friend. Thanks. :D
Do you have any photos of the Rumoleteazer one you did as I am trying to make her one now
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I made an all black one, took a few days but it looks amazing! X
Woah! So cool!
Love this tutorial and I think I'm going to try it for Halloween this year, but as Misto, so for the fan ears would you just continue up from the sideburns to the crown or are there any extra steps you have to do for it to come out right? Thanks for the tutorial xx
My son is playing Skimbleshanks in his middle school musical. I followed the directions on your site and made an AWESOME Cats wig! I brought it in to show everyone and now I get to make 59 more wigs :) Thanks so much for putting this online! <br> <br>I do have one question: midway through I realized that the 14&quot; pieces I'd cut were too long, so I had a lot of cutting the yarn pieces at the knot and reknotting the 2 new pieces. Did I miss the part about cutting yarn into different lengths for different parts?
Im making a munkustrap wig and so far I have done the ears, the fringe and a side burn and it's look good so far :D
HI Can you please please sell me one of these wigs?? I don't really have time to make one, but I will get one from you! :))
I am at this point now and I am very concerned that the yarn won't hold up to much design when I want to straighten it with a comb. I hope that I will be able to comb it later without it all coming apart on me. Did you experience any problems with this issue? Thanks!
These wigs look amazing! <br>We are doing Cats as our school production and are planning to make all the wigs for a cast of about 80. Do you know roughly how long they take and roughly how much you spend on one wig so we can kinda work out how long it will take and how much it will cost? <br>Thanks!
*super late comment go!* I bought a nylon wig cap from store and plan to use it to make my first cats wig. I'm am finding that its super thin and almost impossible to write on. Do you think it would work at all. Or should i just do as you say and sew up the pantyhose (i dont trust my sewing matching at this time.) Thanks for any help and the help you have already given.
I have to make two cats wigs for my son and his friend for a dance routine and I'm so blessed to have come across these awesome instructions :) Do you happen to know what the colour of homespun yarn you used in the middle wig on the photos - I need that browny/reddy colour and it's hard for me looking at the Lion Brand website to determine the right colours?? If you remember the colours you used, could you let me know. And I think I read lower down that you recommend 1 skien of wool per colour per wig, right? THANKS SO MUCH in advance for your reply.
There it is. :)
I made it like you said to! It turned out beautiful, in my opinion! :)
Hey, Thanks so much for putting these instructions on here for people to see! I had a fashion show to do for Cats and my wig turned out awesome! Here is a picture of my model in the wig :)<br> <br> <a href="http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/asheepanda/photo1.jpg">http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/asheepanda/photo1.jpg</a>
That's Awesome!!
Thank you :)
I loved this Instructable! I am SO going to make one and be an all black CAT for Halloween and who knows maybe just for some fun days in the summer. I really like the ear style but they seem a bit too rounded, is there a better way to maybe make them a bit more fierce and triangular?
I wanted to say thank you so much for these wonderfully easy instructions. My 5 year old granddaughter is going to be Rumpleteazer in a mini version of CATS. I didn't want her to look like a store bought costume. You have made my day. I made one so far but it was too big for her so I am scaling down even smaller. I used little girl hose for the first one. I think I might need to go to infant size or maybe doll size. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I was wondering how many scenes of yarn you ended up using? I am thinking of making a wig out of black (dominate color) white and tan/brown to go for a calico kind of look. I am just wondering how many scenes of yarn I should pick up.
I think 1 skein of each color should be plenty if you go with Homespun. There is a lot of yarn in each skein, and I've been able to make an entire single colored wig out of one skein. It kind of depends on how closely you space the plug, but yeah, 1 skein of each color should be good.
Oh! Awesome! Thanks a lot for the quick response! :)

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