22 June 2012

Tabatha Toadstool Tutorial

Tabatha Toadstool

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

Tabatha Taodstool Supplies

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 

Tabatha Toadstool Cap Template

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.

Painted Toadstool Friends

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.

French Knots

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.

Blanket Stitch

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

Sew Cap Pieces Together

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

Blanket Stitch the Outside

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

Fit Cap on Tabatha Toadstool

Fit the cap around the peg person’s neck.

Whip Stitch Cap Pieces

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.

Sewing Toadstool Bottom

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.

Finished Toadstool

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




I am linking Miss Tabatha up to:
All Spunk No Junk at Twig and Toadstool
Creative Fridays at Natural Suburbia
Friday's Nature Table at the Magic Onions.

20 June 2012

Tabatha Toadstool


I have had a passion for toadstools all my life. I cannot see one without taking its picture. The very first baby gift I ever made was a toadstool, my Etsy listings are mostly toadstools (of sorts), I used to have toadstool tree stumps around our fire pit, and the only piece of yard art I still own is a metal toadstool.

Felt toadstools in all sizes and shapes dominate my craft room. The only thing missing was toadstool people. Until today. Look who I found, hiding between the irises that never bloomed? It's Tabatha Toadstool and her friends.


They are made of a painted wooden pegs, acorn caps, and felt. I painted faces for a change, if you can call those three little dots that. It just seemed right after I painted on the hair. And Lola really likes it when I give the peg dolls a face. Why Tabatha? Why not? It just rolls off the tongue in such a pleasant way.




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