The Princess and The Pea Play Set
A storytelling craft to feed your kids’ imaginations
Peg doll playsets are such a fun craft for practicing storytelling and retelling. Whether retelling events that have happened in real life or making up fantastically stories with wild and wonderful plot lines, your children will be practicing language skills, and their imaginations will be wonderfully at work!
Using themed play sets help children bring a stories to life and imagine their own alternative endings! This inspiring Princess and The Pea Play Set is the perfect ‘story helper’ that will have your children spinning a yarn or two in no time :)
Ramp up the fun of the creative process and draw out reluctant storytellers
I previously made a Waldorf inspired Red Riding Hood Playset, which was so much fun to make and play with. I’m not sure who enjoyed it most, me or the kids!! It went down so well, that I thought it was high time to create another sweet playset. One of my daughter’s favourite stories is The Princess and The Pea, so I figured I would tackle that story next!
Here’s what you need to make
Wooden doll body
2 scraps of fabric 4.5″ x 4.5″
Scraps of fabric 4.5″ x 6″
Scraps of wadding 4.5″ x 6″
Sewing thread and needle or sewing machine
To make the princess
From the felt cut out the dress (a rectangle piece large enough to wrap around doll body) and cloak (I made the top edge wide enough to meet in the front, around the doll’s neck and then cut lines down at an angle for the sides and a curved bottom edge).
Glue the dress to the wooden peg doll’s body. Add a line of glue to the top of the cloak and stick it around the neck of the wooden doll.
‘Bling it up’ with sequins/glitter!
Twist two strands of yarn together and glue them in a spiral on to the top/back of the doll’s head to create the base of the hair.
Then cut nine lengths of yarn for the plait, tie them in the middle and split into three groups and plait.
Use the ends of the tie to sew the plait to the hair base.
Next cut two lengths of silver cord. Fold one in half and tape it to a surface. Place the other length underneath the two ends.
Tie a series of square knots (left cord over centre under right cord, right cord under centre, up through loop and over left cord, left cord under centre over right cord, right cord over centre, down through loop and under left cord) until it reaches the right length to wrap around the doll’s head.
Tie the ends around the loop at the top to make a circlet and fasten to the doll’s head or glue.
Please note that if you don’t want to go through the silver cord crown making you can instead use a little piece of lace.
To make the mattresses
Take two pieces of the scraps fabric, place them right sides together and put a scrap of wadding on top.
Stitch all the way around, using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a gap for turning. Clip the corners.
Turn the mattress right sides out and hand stitch the opening shut.
Sew your green (pea) bead to one of the mattresses.
To make the sleeping bag
Take two scraps of fabric 4.5″ x 4.5″. Place right sides together and sew along the top seam (1/4″ allowance). Turn right sides out and press.
Collect the materials as if you were making another mattress but place the sewn together smaller scraps in between the two larger scraps of fabric (right sides facing), lining up the bottom edges.
Stitch all the way around leaving a gap for turning. Clip the corners. Turn right sides out and hand stitch the opening shut.
Layer up your mattresses, tuck the doll into bed – if she’s a ‘real’ princess she will feel the pea!
You could make lots and lots of mattresses and play a little game to see how many mattresses you can balance the princess on top of before they all tumble down!