Some amazing little dolls….

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do.
She gave them some broth without any bread;
And whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

old women who lived in a shoe


If you really like this, you can buy it on E-bay for $2800!!! Or you could make your own ūüôā


Little Miss Muffet

I’ve collected the odd peg doll pattern along the way. This is one of my favourites, partly because it is the same age as me (more or less!) and no, I’m not saying what that is…

…Oh, alright then! The clue is on the bottom of this picture:

I love the little picture of all the materials you need! Perhaps a good follow on post would be to see Miss Muffet made up…watch this space!

Painted vintage pegs

I have some what neglected my little peg dolls and this blog over the last few months, so I shall attempt to remedy that this month! If you are new to this site, let me just run through what you can expect to find here:

Lots of picture of dolls old and new (mine and others), to inspire you

Peg doll projects -learn how to make you very own doll with these step by step guides

Peg doll video project

Restoration projects

Hints, tips and ideas for your own dolls

Peg doll kits and goodies for you to buy

Use the tags to find what you are looking for, or browse through the posts. If you have any dolls of your own, (including ones made by yourself!) why not show them of here¬†on the ‘Your dolly peg’ page? Send me your images to:

I thought it would¬†be a good idea to kick off from the lull of that last few months with an explanation of the dolls at the top the blog. These are the oldest ones I have . I was told they are about 1930’s- 1940’s, and there is a set of 18. All bar one have wooden arms, the final one having a pipecleaner. They are crudely painted in yellow, blue and red and are varnished. I think they are fantastic and have plans to paint modern versions! Here is the whole family:

Keep any eye out for the new ones! In the next post we will look at some peg doll patterns…

Spotty peg doll

Well done to Helen on her lovely renditon of one of the spotty peg doll kits. I think you’ll agree she looks fabulous!

If anyone else wants to have a go, you can buy a kit for this doll from my shop. There are three colours to choose from.

A large box of vintage peggies arrived this morning, time for a look I think…

A restoration

This little peggie came in a bulk auction and was looking a little the worse for wear…


So, I took her apart..


Sorted out the individual parts and put her back together again! The peg was a lovely shape (definately vintage possibly older) so I sand papered off the less than attractive face, gave the whole thing a rub down, painted on a new face (using¬†acrylic paint and a very fine brush)¬†and gave it a varnish…

The skirt didn’t need much work as it had originally been stitched so I tidied up the bottom and added a lenth of lace around the edge before putting it¬†back on the doll…

¬†I used the original pipecleaner covering it in ‘flair’ ribbon and wrapped it around the peg…


I also managed to reuse the fabric for the top although¬†it needed tidying up and the edges oversewing. I sewed it around the arms so it wouldn’t move and fray further, then tied a white satin ribbon around her waist. I added a pearl necklace and a shawl around her shoulders (the lace part of an old top I was throwing out!). The hair I had to remake, and did this using a black stranded cotton which I made into a cord and glued onto her head winding it around in a circle finishing in the centre. The hat I reused, pulling the card out of the middle and stitched a buttonhole around the edge to secure the pieces of fabric together. I added a lace motif to the top and attached the hat at a angle.

 The whole project took me about 2 hours and I think you will agree, she scrubbed up quite nicely!


And I think it’s worth just putting the before and after pictures together…


The good, the bad, and the ‘what the….’!

My lot of dolls arrived this morning. It’s excting when you don’t quite know what you are going to get. This was my first view: lot’s of feet!


As you have probably worked out from the title, it was a mixed bag. Let’s start with the good:


The first four are beautiful examples. Simple but well made (sewn together!) in pretty printed fabrics. The seond and third need a little attention but are otherwise well made.

And now for the bad:


I say bad, but it’s nothing¬†some TLC wouldn’t fix. Some of these dolls are in a very bad state and are a good example of why you should always stitch the clothes and not glue them. It’s conincidence that they are all pink!

And now for the “what the…..”! ¬†I just don’t know what to say about this one:

A you can see, the peg is rather alot bigger than a normal peg. He has the bizarrest outfit on, I’m lost for words! If anyone has any printabe ones, please feel free to leave a comment…

I’m never sure about what to do with the ones that need fixing. Some need completely pulling apart and remaking properly but does this spoil the authenticity of them?

Real retro

There is a fashion at the moment for retro style fabrics, but this is the real thing! It’s interesting that you can still tell an original 70’s fabric from a retro 2010’s one.

There has been some interest expressed in knowing how to dress peg dolls, so I thought that with every doll I post I would try to explain how it is made, so if you should want to have a go you can.

 This doll is simply made: Her arms actually go through a hole in the peg and have been wrapped along with the body, with a white nylon type ribbon. The skirt is a cone shape with a wide ribbon sewn around the bottom and an orange ribbon tied round the peg to define the waist. The hat is simply a circle of matching fabric with the edges finsihed and a feather sewn into the top.

Her face is drawn on and her hair is wool wrapped around in a circle.

Sounds quite easy really!