Tutorial: How to Make a hair rat

                   how to make an easy vintage style hair rat

The traditional method of making a hair rat involved saving hair from your hair brush and rolling it up into a sausage shape. Yes, it's free, it's easy, it's historically accurate and it won't show if your hair slips.

I'm freaked out by hair that collects in the drain of the shower so I personally don't think I could make my rat using my own hair...so for this method of making your own hair rat, you will need

a pair of scissors
fiberfill (used for pillow stuffing)
a fishnet stocking (I use one that is close to my hair color)The fishnet allows for easy and secure pinning

1.) Cut the stocking so it is about 6 or 7 inches long

2.)Roll a hand full of fiberfill into a long sausage shape.

3.)Insert fiberfill into stocking

4.) Stretch the stocking out, rolling it between your hands so that it forms to the desired shape. Spreading the fiberfill throughout the stocking

5.)Add a bit more fiberfill if needed

6.)tie off or sew end of stocking closed. Looks like a strange potato!


  1. How many inches long would you say that one is?


  2. I have thought about making my own rat out of my hair, but like you i find it a bit freaky!

  3. This particular rat is 6 1/2 inches long. If you are using the rat for faux bangs, you can use a tape measure to measure the desired length. Make sure to account for the "U" shaped bend.

  4. I make a rat out of my own hair that I collect from my brush (not the shower drain! I find that a little icky) but I do make a new one as soon as I am able and change over, so it's a little nicer. I'm just paranoid about handmade rats showing through my hair! There's not many stockings that match my hair colour ^^ ;;

  5. Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to give this one a try. I've been using a black foam roller but it's to short to make a good curved bang.


  6. Terrific tutorial! Using fishnet is a great idea - seems like the rat can be more securely pinned :)

  7. Nice tutorial. If you're worried about the rat showing, you can also get Crepe wool from a costuming supply store that comes dyed in hair colors (brown, blonde, etc.)


  8. I used to use my own hair as well, from the brush.
    But now I no longer need it, I just roll up my own hair and use stronger pins.
    No rat needed.

  9. Being a Redhead.. how do you manage trying to match hair colour? It's not like you can just get stockings that match closely to your haircolour when youre neither blonde, brown or black haired.. :( I have old braids from previous hair cuts.. but can't material match..


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