22 June 2012

Tabatha Toadstool Tutorial

Making Miss Tabatha Toadstool is the perfect project for an afternoon on the front porch, sipping homemade limeade, and enjoying the start of summer.

Start by gathering your supplies:
  • 1 5/8” peg people
  • acorn caps
  • red, white, and green paint, and whatever color you choose for hair, eyes, and mouth
  • wood glue
  • red and white felt
  • red and white thread 

Cut a circle to use as a template for the cap. Mine is 1 7/8” in diameter. Make a slit to the center and cut out a smaller circle, just big enough to fit around the neck.

Paint your acorn caps red and add white dots. Let dry.
Paint the hair and faces of your peg people. Let dry.
Paint the bodies white and add a little bit of grass at the bottom. Let dry.
Glue the acorn caps to the peg people. Let dry.

While all that drying is going on, cut two circles out of your felt, one in each color. With white thread, randomly embroider French knots on the red felt.

Pin the two pieces of felt to each other and, starting on the inside, use a blanket stitch to sew the two together.

Skip to the outside of the cap, hiding your thread between the layers of felt.

Sew all the way around. Do NOT tie off your thread.

Fit the cap around the peg person’s neck.

Use a whip stitch to sew only the red felt together. Tie your thread off with a small knot and hide the tail between the red and white felt.

Turn your peg person over and repeat with white thread on the bottom. Tie off with a small knot and hide your thread between the layers of felt.

And that’s it! You’re all done. Admire and enjoy Miss Tabatha Toadstool and her friends.


  1. So cute! I just wrote about how I'm not exactly the craftiest of crafters, but I might have to work up the courage to try this project!

  2. This is very sweet. I can picture a bunch of them on a window sill, all in a row.

    1. Close, they're on the dresser in front of the window. Thank you.

  3. Erg schattig! Waarschijnlijk een leuk project voor ons volgende maand als we vakantie hebben.

  4. These are so cute!! My Magic Onions offering is here: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/06/enchanted-childhood-playschool-summer_16.html

  5. Tabitha is so cute!!!Have you tried using the soy paint instead if acrylic?

  6. So beautiful - and your stitching is so precise (mine always ends up looking a little umm rustic)

  7. Very cute, what are, and where do you get the wooden spool things that are their bodies?

    1. Hi Sandy! The wooden spool things are called peg people and you can find them in every size and shape here:


      However, they don't have bulk pricing. If you're looking for larger quantities, try here:


      Happy weekend!

    2. Thanks Dutch Girl for the follow up, will check into it. I perfer to have responses here, vs filling up my mail box. I find it hard sometimes to know who's who when I get an email out of context. So many people use real names with emails and other names on blogs I often don't know whom I'm responding with when it's not on the blog. Plus, with multiple blogs, it helps to separate things for me.

  8. Hanneke, Miss Tabatha Toadstool is just about one of the cutest little things I've ever seen!!