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


Welcome to The Dolls House Magazine readers!

Just wanted to say hello to anyone coming here from ‘The Dolls House Magazine’, welcome to Dolly Peg Doll!

Peg dolls are a throw back to my youth I guess, what little girl didn’t have one at some point? My collection is¬†steadily growing and you will find some of it here on these pages as well as step by step projects to make your own and lots of ideas.¬†Use the categories and tags to help you find something specific, or just enjoy a browse!

The smallest peg doll ever? Made from the head of a matchstick, this little sailor peg has been hand sculpted and painted by my husband and stands just 8mm high….yes, 8mm!!


So I got all of my dolls out over Christmas and gave them a bit of a sort. Amongst them are some of the first ones I made including this Geisha doll:

The design is a fairly simple one: The fabric is wrapped around the body in a tube and sewn up along the back, and the sleeves are rectangles sewn up along one edge and a pipecleaner threaded through. I made another tube in pink and tied it around her wasit creating two loops which I sewed into place:

I used cotton embroidery thread for the hair which I glued to her head in spirals. I made a bun in the same way and added lengths of wire for her hair ornaments.

Some drops of beads sewn on to the front of her hair finished her off nicely!

Upstairs downstairs, part two…

Some more peggies from below stairs…


A footman and kitchen maid


Governess (ok, a governess would work upstairs!) and kitchen maid


A maid (although I’m not quite sure what she is doing!)


Maids to bake bread and bellow the fire

Upstairs, downstairs. Part one

The last few posts have been about my dolls so I thought it was time to show some from my collection¬†that other people have made. I thought I would have a bit of a theme and have chosen ‘Upstairs, downstairs’, so I guess we can start with downstairs and the servants…



¬†Next post we will show some of the kitchen staff…

An Impromptu peg

I’m usually a planner, but this little peg came quite out of the blue. I did have other intentions for how she was going to come out, but she took on a life of her own.


I decided, for a change, not to add a face and let her attire say who she might be.

The bodice is just a folded strip of fabric wrapped around the peg and secured at the back. The dress is a tube gathered around the middle (gathered on the fold to make it puff out) with a lace underskirt made in the same way. Her hair is a handmade cord wrapped around her head with a felt and feather hat. I stuck two beads on for hands and wrapped a length of fabric around her arms as a shawl. She is finished with an organza ribbon tied around her waist.

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)