The simplest way to make a ped doll is just to wrap it in fabric and tie te fabric onto the peg with a piece of ribbon. No sewing and no glue needed! I made the dolls on the right in the following way:
1) Paint on the hair and face using a small brush and acrylic paints. Varnish when dry if required.
2) Drill a hole through the peg for the pipecleaner arms. Wrap the pipecleaner around the body if you don’t have a drill to make a hole. They actualy still look good with no arms so leave off altogether if you want to.
3) Cut a pece of fabric for the dress about 7cm wide and the length that you want the dress to be. I cut the bottom with some pinking shears.
4) Fold over the top and wrap around the peg so that the fabric overlaps at the back.
5) Wrap a contrasting piece of fabric around the waist and tie a length of ribbon (about 10cm) around that to hold all the pieces in place. Tie the ribbon in a bow.
Now get creative! If you don’t like neat edges, leave the fabric to fray. You could wrap the fabric around several times to make it thicker. Get creative with your tying; use twine or strings of beads or even ripped lengths of fabric. Wrap a piece of fabric round to make a shawl…before you know where you are your simple doll has turned into something much more!
We’ve had a quick look at the different types of pegs, let’s have a look at materials:
Wooden pegs: cotton fabric with small print; sand paper; pipe cleaners; peg stands; face transfers; ribbons; beads; embroidery cotton; sewing thread; lace trimmings; decorative threads.
It’s always exciting to buy new things but the great thing about these dolls is that you can make them out of items that you have lying around. Cotton fabric hangs and drapes well and small prints scale down to doll size. You only need small pieces, so save off cuts from dressmaking projects. Pieces of lace, trimmings, small buttons, sequins and beads can all be used for embellishments.
For accessories, use cocktail stitcks for umbrellas, fold small pieces of paper to make books, bend wire for glasses, make fans out of coloured paper or thin card, use larger buttons for hats; the list is endless!
So get creative and for the total cost of a few pence make your very own doll.
Just like the human body, wooden pegs also come in all shapes and sizes! While sorting out my peg doll materials I realised how many different style pegs I had so I saved one of every shape and the collection is growing all the time:
This collection includes vintage and new pegs, some made for crafting and dolls projects others are original wooden clothes pegs. It includes a plastic one with a moulded face ( 4th from right) and american clothespins (2nd and 3rd from right). These are quite a different shape with a flat top and bottom and an indent for the waist. Although not very good for a realistic doll as they aren’t round, I enjoy using them for more contemporary dolls. The small ones are especially sweet!
I found these vintage peg doll kits up for auction and decided I had to give them a home. I’m guessing they are 1970’s from the box art. They are made by a company called Phantasia and are made in England, although I had them shipped over from America. They have been on a long journey! There are 12 altogether and depict dolls from around the world including ‘Master Bavaria’ and ‘Miss Pakistan”!
I’m about to take them out of the boxes and inspect the contents closely. I have a few kits now, most of then vintage and some never opened. I never know whether to make then up or keep them in their original condition. It seems a shame not to make them up as intended…
This little doll is about 25 years old. She came from a craft fair in Leighton Buzzard. Me and my sister used to go and stay with our Aunt in Essex and she took us here and bought this little peg. I remember very clearly tying her to the plastic fly curtain that hung over the back door and swinging her back and forth.
She was glued together as most peg dolls seem to be and the glue is deteriorating. She has a hand drawn face and wool hair with a thick cotton fabric for the dress decorated with purple ribbon.
I’m suprised she is holding together so well considering how much I played with her; much more than Queen Elizabeth.