Friday, January 6, 2012

The Snow Child and Poppy (plus a tutorial!)



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! 





29 comments:

  1. What a wonderful project! They turned out so cute, I just love Sibylle Von Olfers storybooks. Hope your children get better very soon :)

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  2. Thank you April! They seem to be on the mend today :)

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  3. Sorry your little ones aren't well, hope they are on the mend. I love your Snow Child and Poppy - they are adorable, and your tutorial is very handy, I'll be giving them a go!

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  4. Thank you, they finally turned a corner, phew!!!

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  5. Oh so darned cute! My kids loved this book. It's actually in a pile of hand-me-downs now, but what a great way to gift it to some new little ones, I could have the kids make the dolls! Thanks for the great idea.

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  6. I hope you little ones are feeling better. What a great way to cheer them up. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday. I love your Snow Child and Poppy and will definitely give your tutorial a try.

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  7. Thank you ladies! They are all feeling much better. Phew, now I can relax. It is so stressful when they are sick.

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    1. Having trouble commenting so adding my comment here. These are so adorable and have lots of character. What a good idea. The Snow Children are a favourite here to.

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  8. They are adorable! Wanna know something? I've been working on some peg folk for the Story of the Wind Children! Yeah, I love synchronicities :-)

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  9. These are so cute!

    I think it is so funny that we both made snow children to go with this book but we did them differently. I used knit and velour fabrics to make ours.

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  10. my daughter got this book for christmas and she loves it! i'm going to file this away for next winter and make these peg dolls for her stocking. love this! thank you!

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  11. Love this tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I love how we all read the same books and come up with our own versions of little charters to go along! Blogging is so much fun. @WS-I can't wait to see your wind children! @Meadow-I would love to see yours as well!

    Thanks for all the love! I enjoy sharing!

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  13. I can't wait to surprise my kids with this! This book has not been favored as much this year, but I bet this will totally turn things around! thank you for the great tutorial!

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    1. Thank you for visiting! I hope it helps! Please share how it goes when you're done!

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  14. What lovely little peg people, just beautiful

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  15. So creative to add clothing to the peg people! Their little overcoats are just darling. You are very talented!

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    1. Thank you Rebekah and thank you for visiting!

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  16. i LOVE that book, and your little people are SO adorable!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and for visiting!

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  17. oh my goodness....these are ADORABLE!!!!

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    1. Thank you! I love you juicing post on your blog :) It makes me want to get one!

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  18. This is one of my favourite books in this genre and your dolls are just absolutely exquisite. I found you via Natural Suburbia and I'm so glad I did!

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    1. Thank you Anna. I hope you, and everyone who likes them, get to make your own pair or a dozen! I'd love to see someone make a Snow Queen to go along and maybe some snowman butlers! Anna, your books all look lovely. I can't wait to give my daughter and son some once they're a bit older. Thank you for visiting, I love meeting new people!

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  20. Love it! Always looking for ways to decorate peg dolls. Thanks!

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  21. Oh this is brilliant! We just got The Snow Children this past holiday season and the kids love it. We're supposed to get snow this weekend, maybe I'll surprise the kids with Poppy and the Snow Princess!

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