Peg People Tutorial

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Little peg people are so much fun to make (and play with!)

This is a project I have wanted to do for a little while now – but the thought of painting faces kinda put me off. So after having a think about it – I decided not to paint them. I think they still ooze character and have their own personalities.

The clothes were super simple to make – and I’m wishing I’d made these ages ago! (Why did I wait!?!)

If you would like to create your own Peg Family you can buy the kit here, otherwise –  here’s how to do it:

What you need:
– Family of Wood Peg People
– Selection of felt
– Buttons
– Needle and thread (I use embroidery cotton)
– Scissors
– Glue (optional)
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What to do:

From your squares of felt, cut out some simple shapes to transform into the clothing pieces  for each family member.

Simple rectangles and semi-circles work well for clothing. I used a long skinny rectangle as a scarf. You’ll need to test them on your peg dolls to make sure they fit. (much like real people, peg sizes can slightly vary in height and width!) Adjust if needed and once your happy with the size you can continue.

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Wrap your doll in the clothing piece and secure with a stitch or glue. Add a button for embellishment if you wish.

** Tip- When adding the scarf, be gentle. I played with mine way too much and the fringe started to break!

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To make the hat, fold the triangular shape in half long ways. Stitch along the long side. I found if you pull the stitches tight as you go, it gives a cute little bend to the hat.

You could also add a bead or bell to the top for a cute little pixie look!

To attach the hat to the head, add a tiny bit of glue to the head, and stretch the hat over the top.

** Tip – If you choose to add a decorative stitch around the base of the hat, this will decrease the stretchiness of the felt. Maybe make the hat slightly larger to ensure a good fit.

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To give my dolls hair, I simply plaited some embroidery thread and secured with glue. The hat for this one had to be made slightly bigger to fit over.

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And that’s it! You now have your own peg family to love and care for!

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Let me know in the comments what you think about the faceless family. Do you think they still have character? Or do you think they look unfinished?

And if you have created a peg family, please attach a picture of link – I’d love to see them!

Thank for stopping by – and Happy Crafting!

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Valentines Owls

With less than a month to go until Valentines Day, I been busy making some ‘Love” themed owls!

These three are available to purchase at the E-Shed Market in Fremantle (at Glow Wiks Candle Store) and I also have some available in my Etsy Shop.

Handmade Owl Doorstops. Valentines "Love" Theme. Can be found on www.etsy.com/shop/houseofnicnax or www.houseofnicnax.com.au

And if your thinking about getting stuck into some Valentines Crafts, be sure to pop back over the next few weeks, as I’m planning to share some lovely love crafts!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nic x

 

Getting Aussie – Handmade Love

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, Oi, Oi!!!!!

Australia Day is a day we should be proud of our wonderful country, and all the amazing things that this country is made of.
Now this may sound terrible – but you know what I hate? I hate all the cheapy-made-overseas-tacky-Aussie-stuff.

Sure it’s fun (and cheap) but I’ve just had a quick look on Etsy, and found some handmade Australian Aussie Day awesomeness (and it’s still fun!) And, the best bit about supporting handmade – is that you won’t be wearing / decorating / eating the same as everyone else!

So if your heading out to celebrate our awesome country – please consider buying from Aussie makers!

Here’s my picks to share with you for this Australia Day’s edition of Handmade Love!

Owl doorstop – by House of Nicnax (that’s me!)

Edible cake toppers – by Zahari by Dina

Party Invites – by Sassaby Parties

Kids Button-Up Shirt – by Miss Hanna Designs

Bandana Bib – by Sleepy Hedgehog 4 Baby

Hair Bow – By Pixie Bluebell Designs

Bunting – by The Bunting Shoppe

Shoe Bows – by Bouquet By Rosa Loren

I hope these great products have inspired you to support our great makers!

If you have been busy making Australia Day items – please leave me a link in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nic xx

 

#makeforgood

A little while back I told you how I was participating in #makeforgood – a collaboration between Etsy Makers and Plan International.

Well guess what???? My owl doorstop sold! Yay!!!!

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I’ve already started making the next two for this project – so keep your eyes out over the next week as I’m hoping to have them listed soon!

In the mean time, head over to Etsy and search #makeforgood to see what other makers have submitted for this great campaign!

Thanks for stopping by!

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