Friday, May 17, 2013

The Woodsman Peg Doll Tutorial


Little Red Riding Hood is in trouble! Lucky for her, this handsome woodsman is well equipped to come to her rescue.

Note: I originally published this tutorial in my portfolio, but over the next little while I'll be working on re-publishing these tutorials here just to simplify things and keep it all together.

 You will need:
  1. A wooden peg person (1" wide x 2 1/2" tall)
  2. White ribbing (2 1/2" wide x 3/4" tall)
  3. Lightweight flannel (4" wide x 1 1/2" tall)
  4. Khaki (3 1/2" wide x 3/4" tall)
  5. Brown ribbing (1 1/2" wide x 1 1/4" tall)
  6. Brown thread
  7. Leather scrap (1 1/4" wide x 1/4"-1/2" tall)
  8. Twine (4")
  9. Bamboo skewer
  10. Aluminum foil (5" wide x 2" tall)

Not pictured: hot glue gun and glue sticks, sewing machine and thread, sewing scissors, rotary cutting supplies, paper scissors
Draw a line of hot glue down the wrong side of one short (3/4") edge of the white ribbing and attach to doll from the neck down.
Pulling slightly, wrap ribbing around doll body, add hot glue to the remaining end, and glue in place.

With the glued ends of the undershirt at the back of the doll, add glue to the back of the beard and attach beard to doll face.

With the wrong side of the flannel facing up, fold each short (1 1/2") edge over 1/4" and press.
With the right side of the flannel facing up, edgestitch (sew 1/8" from the fold) down each short edge.
With the right side facing up, fold the top edge of the flannel down 1/4" and press.
Fold the top edge of the flannel down another 1/4" and press.

Add a small amount of glue on the back of one of the shirt seams and attach to body front.
Wrap shirt around body, add glue to the back of the remaining shirt seam, and glue in place at body front.

With the wrong side facing up, fold each short (3/4") edge of the khaki over 1/4" and press.
Glue one folded edge over the bottom edge of the shirt at the front of the body.
Wrap the pants around the body and glue the remaining folded edge of the pants flush with the first end.
Tuck the shirt into the pants at the back of the doll as you wrap the pants around.

Fold the brown ribbing in half, wrong sides together, matching the short (1 1/4") edges together at the bottom.
Fold brown thread in half and slip under the folded ribbing.
Tie thread around ribbing 1/4" from the edge. Pull thread tight and secure with a square knot.
Trim thread ends.
Stretch hat over the doll's head, making sure to cover the ends of the beard, and glue in place.
The tied end of the hat will be at the back of the head.

Measure 1 1/4" from the blunt end of the bamboo skewer and mark with a pencil.
Using regular paper scissors, cut skewer at mark by rolling the bamboos skewer between the blades as you squeeze the scissor handles.
Use scissors to trim cut end if necessary.

With the shiny side facing down, fold each long (5") edge of the foil in 1/2".
Fold each short edge in 1/2".
Fold entire piece in half lengthwise.
Fold foil in half, matching short ends. Open this fold.
Fold each short end in to the crease made by the previous fold.
Fold foil in half again.
Open the last fold and slip the ax handle into the fold.
Crease foil around ax handle.
Add a dab of hot glue in between the foil and press blade together to secure.

Glue one end of twine at the back of the doll, just over the top edge of the pants.
Hold ax against the doll's body and wrap the twine around the doll and the ax, pulling the twine slightly to keep ax in place.
Glue the remaining end of twine in place.

Now that our trusty woodsman is dressed appropriately for the deep, dark woods and all set with his ax, he's ready to go save Little Red Riding Hood from the wolf.


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