Both my little ones have been sick with a nasty bout of the common cold. Jonas was the first to get it, in conjunction with getting his two year molars, then Deirdre. Together they make one pathetic pair between their banshee like coughs and runny noses. However both seem to be in fine spirits, just very tired- as they should be!
Needless to say it could be worse. I hate seeing them sick but at least they are allowing me to comfort them. Thus enters the little above Snow Child and Poppy.
Every once in awhile I order something and stow it away, for a rainy day or a special event, to give to the kids later. I bought this book about a month ago and wanted to save it for after Christmas.
So during the kids' extra long nap, I sat down and whipped up a peg Snow Child and Poppy to go with the book. I knew the kids would appreciate it and since they felt so awful, I hoped it would cheer them up. Well, it worked!
Right now Deirdre is sleeping with Poppy and Jonas with the Snow Child. Reading the book while holding their new friends warmed my heart. If you don't already have a copy of the the Snow Children, then I would encourage you to get one. Right now they are only $12.21 from Amazon (which is pretty good since the large hardback version is usually $20).
Making the peg dolls were pretty simple. I use large peg dolls from Michael's and they seem to work best for little ones. However my directions are general enough that you should be able to use any size peg person to make these. You just need to use you peg person to measure the felt pieces that you're going to cut out.
To make The Snow Child and Poppy peg person:
1. Cut one small white Snow Child and one small red Poppy felt rectangle (large enough to wrap around the body of your peg people).
2. Hot glue both the body wrappings in place to their respective peg person.
3. Cut another rectangle in both Snow Child white and Poppy red, three times as large as the previous piece.
(To check that you sized it right- try wrapping the piece around the peg head. If the piece totally covers the head and hangs mid way down the peg body- then you got the size right.)
4. Thread some light blue embroidery floss for the Snow Child and blanket stitch all the way around the large white felt rectangle.
5.Repeat the same with the large red Poppy felt piece, but use white floss.
5. Apply hot glue to the entire head of each peg person, except for the face.
6. Press the middle of the stitched felt piece to the head of the peg person, cinching it in the middle.
7. Stitch the neck closed with the left over embroidery floss.
8. Hot glue the back and the front of the Snow Child's coat to the peg body. Then shape the sides of the cloak to resemble wings. Glue the insides of cloak together if necessary.
9. You do not need to glue the cloak to Poppy's body.
To make Poppy's white hand muff:
1.Fold a small piece of white felt over three times to form a thick tiny rectangle.
2.Glue the layers together.
3. Braid three strands of white embroidery floss together.
4. Tie the ends together to form a necklace (the necklace should fall to the middle of Poppy's body)
5. Glue the tiny white rectangle to the middle of the necklace and viola!
And you should be done! Enjoy you little people!