Pink brocade peggie restoration, part two

Ok, you can see from the last post that she is in pretty bad condition!

Pink brocade

I gave the pink brocade a wash in something pretty strong, but that glue isn’t shifting. So, only thing to be done with it is to cut off as much as possible and hide the rest in seams and under embellishments! I have attached a fairly white band of lace to the bottom:

Cut brocade


The sequins were past being used also, so I found some nice iridescent white ones and sewed these over the ribbon:

New brocade


The skirt will be sewn together down the end and gathered at the top ready for re-fitting. Next thing to sort is the wooden peg!



A Christmas Angel peg project

Well, it’s been a long time since I managed to post a project so a good time for a new one and a seasonal one at that!

This lovely little festive angel is very easy to make, just follow the instructions below. Why not add our own embellishments to make her unique?

You will need:

Wooden peg, Gold fabric, Gold card , Gold thread, sequins/beads/embellishments/glitter, thread for hair, glue

1) Sand down the peg if preferred. I also varnished mine (you can use clear nail varnish) to make her last a bit longer.

2) Apply face transfer or draw on a face with felt tip pens. Try to make her look angelic!

3) Cut a circle of gold fabric. The diameter of the circle should be about twice the length of the peg. Find a plate to draw around or use a compass. I cut mine with pinking shears to make a crinkly edge. I also found another type of gold fabric so I cut another piece to add layers to her dress; you could use silk or organza if you have some.

4) Cut a small hole in the centre of the fabric circles. The easiest way to do this is to fold the circles in half, then again, then again and snip off the point.

5) Slip the fabric onto the peg through the hole in the desired order. Pull one slightly further down than the other so you can see the layers. I secured the underneath one in place with a dot of glue.

6) Wrap a gold thread (or colour of your choice!) around the body and over the raw edge of the top skirt. Finish off by tieing, glueing or sewing into place.

7) Wrap the thread for the hair around all four of your fingers about 5 times (more for a thinner thread). Slip off your fingers and tie around the middle with a piece of the same colour thread. Put some glue on the head of the peg, wait for it to go tacky then stick the hair onto the head. I separated mine into two at the back and tied them into bunches with a white thread.

8 ) Cut out one wing shape in paper. Place it onto the back of the gold card and draw around it. Flip the design over and draw around it again so you get two wing shapes that are mirror image of each other. Cut them out of the card carefully. Glue them onto the back of the body of the Angel.

9) Embellish your angel! I added a large sequin for her halo, glued sequins onto her wings and added a gold flower to her dress. Why not try some glitter for a really festive sparkle!

10) She’s finished!!!!

Post your finished angels here! Send you images to: and I will add them to the gallery page. You can buy peg doll making materials, including pegs and transfer faces, from my website. Visit here: and click on the peg doll category.

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)

Accessorising your peg doll

Once you have made your peg doll, let your imagination run wild with the accessories! Here are some ideas:

Make bracelets and necklaces using beads threaded onto a strong  thread. Tie around the wrist or neck then knot the ends together or thread back through the beads. The smaller the bead the more accurate the scale will be.

Glasses can be made by bending fine wire into shape with small pair of pliers. Make them to hold in the hand or push the ends into the hair to hold them onto the face (make long arms to the glasses to do this).

There are lots of ways of constructing hats. This one may look complicated, but broken down into it’s individual parts it is fairly simple to construct. Cut out a circle twice the diameter you want your finished hat to be. Run a gathering stitch around the edge and pull tight. Flatten the shape so that the stitches sit in the middle of the hat (this is like making a ‘suffolk puff’). You can put a piece of cardboard in the middle before you draw up the threads if you want a sturdier base for your hat. The roses are made by rolling up small pieces of fabric. Cut a long rectangle and fold in half. Roll up and hold the rose together with a small stitch. Stitch (or glue) them down onto the centre of the hat. Add a ribbon bow at the back and stitch (or glue) into place on the hair.

Dolly peg project – Lesson five

The hair

You can paint the hair onto the peg as I did the on the doll at the beginning of this project or make hair as I have done below:

1) Use a piece of felt similar to the colour of the peg or the colour of the hair. Cut a small rectangle about 1.5m long by 0.5cm.

2) Choose the thread colour for the hair. I have used an embroidery cotton but you could use wool or silk or anything else that takes your fancy! I have chosen pink! Wrap the thread around four of your fingers about 10 times. Widen your fingers if you want longer hair, wrap around less fingers for shorter hair.

3) Remove the wraps from your fingers and flatten

4) Put some glue on one side of the piece of felt, and glue the threads to the felt in the centre. Use a craft glue


5) You can work a backstitch along the centre if you like to look like a parting in the hair. This will also ensure the threads stay in place. Use a thread the same colour as the hair.


6) Turn the hair over and put some glue on the back of the felt piece.


7) Glue to the head and hold in place until dry. Tie the hair in bunches, plait (braid) the hair or leave loose!


The finished doll:


This is a quite basic doll, and is a great point from which to develop other dolls. We will look at accessories and more complicated doll clothing  in future posts, but in the meantime, why not experiment for youself?

I would love to see pictures of any finsihed dolls! You can e-mail them to me here:

Dolly peg project interlude and other skirt ideas

While I assemble the next part of the project, I thought it would be good to have a look at some more skirts.


Blue Check Peggy and Pink Lady Peggy have both been made in the same way as part 3 of the project, but the longer fabric dimension is greater. The longer the fabric the more puffed out the skirt will be, so add a cm or two to the height also if you want a really wide skirt to allow for the extra volume.  Just be aware that this means more gathers around the waist so use a lighter weight fabric.

The Bride Peggy skirt is made with a circluar piece of material. Use a plate to draw around (The diameter of which should be twice that of the required skirt length). Cut a hole in the middle and stitch a running stitch around this to gather it up around the peg. This type of skirt works best with petticoats underneath to make it stand out more.

Dolly peg project – Lesson 3

The skirt

1) Cut a piece of your chosen fabric to size, 20cm x 10cm (8 x 4 1/2 inches), and iron flat (for a longer skirt increase the 10cm measurement)

2) Fold over one long edge about 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) and crease with your finger. Then fold this fold over again the same amount to hide the raw edge. Pin the fold to hold in place. This will make the hem (bottom edge) of the skirt.


3) Using a strong sewing thread in a smiliar colour to your fabric, work hem stitch around the bottom of the skirt (working from the wrong side, pick up a few threads of the skirt fabric then a few threads of the folded fabric and work your way along the length of the fold):


4) Fold over the top edge just once and pin in place

5) Now fold  both ends of the skirt in 1/c cm (1/4 inch) and crease with your finger

6) Fold the skirt fabric in half, wrong sides together (the two folds you have just made should be on the inside) a pin the two ends of the skirt together like so:

7) Starting at the top of the skirt, slip stitch the seam by making a small stitch in one of the folds of fabric then taking the next stitch in the other fold of the fabric, drawing the two folds together. Your stitches should be invisible.

8 ) Finish this thread off. You should now have  a tube of fabric with a neat seam and both ends turned under.

9) Using a double thread, work a running stitch around the top of the skirt (the edge with the pins in it). Make the stitches quite small and close to the edge (2mm or 1/32 inch).


10) Pull up the gathers carefully and slip the skirt onto the peg matching up the seam of the skirt with the seam of the bodice at the back of the peg. Pull the gathers tightly evening them out around the peg. Stitch the skirt to the bodice with a couple of stitches and finish off the thread.


11) The finished skirt


You could make a petticoat to go underneath. Make in the same way as the skirt but don’t turn over the top edge as this will create extra bulk underneath the skirt.

You could add a length of ribbon or lace around the bottom of the skirt. Do this while the skirt fabric is flat so the ends of the ribbon/lace can be hidden in the seam. Stitch in place with a running stitch.

Next lesson: Arms! Get your pipecleaners and fabric ready….