Peg doll projects

I taught a class on peg doll making in San Fransisco back in September last year and I finally finished my demonstration doll I started in the class! Here she is: 


The face

I painted this on using acrylic paints then varnished it (you can use clear nail varnish if you don’t have any normal wood varnish!)

The bodice

Make a tube of fabric, wrap around the peg and sew together at the back

The skirt

Cut a rectangle of fabric and sew a length of lace around the bottom. Sew the sides together to make a tube then turn the top edge under and gather up using a double sewing thread for strength. Slip onto the doll, pull the gathering threads tight then stitch the skirt to the bodice. Tie a length of thin ribbon around her waist.

The sleeves

Make another tube of fabric (I used a piece of lace ribbon) and slip it onto a pipecleaner. Tie a piece of thread around each wrist and bury the ends of the thread in the wraps (us a needle to do this). Sew the centre of the arms to the back of the dress with a few stitches. Bend into shape.

Hair and hat

I plaited some embroidery thread, put glue onto the head of the doll and wrapped the hair around the head sticking it into place as I went. The hat is a circle of felt cut with pinking shears, pinched in the middle then sewn into place. The flowers are paper flowers used for scrapbooking. Just poke the wire through the felt and into the hair and secure with a few stitches.


The shawl is a triangle of lace that came off an old t-shirt but you just cut yourself one from a matching fabric. The umbrella is a circle of fabric, with a wooden cocktail stick poked through the middle. Tie a matching thread around the bottom and one around the middle

Don’t forget there are more detailed step by step projects on this site so don’t forget to have a nose around if you are new!

(Use the tags at the side to help you find what you are looking for)


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