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The Princess and The Pea Play Set

By Stephanie Stanesby

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 :)

princess and the pea play set craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

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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!
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Here’s what you need to make

princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

Yarn
Felt
Wooden doll body
Sequins/glitter
Silver cord
Glue
Scissors
2 scraps of fabric 4.5″ x 4.5″
Scraps of fabric 4.5″ x 6″
Scraps of wadding 4.5″ x 6″
Green bead
Sewing thread and needle or sewing machine

I used green dream recycled wadding and Birch Fabric’s Ipanema organic cotton fabric, which I also used for my doll dresses and bedding tutorials!

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To make the princess

princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

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.

princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

‘Bling it up’ with sequins/glitter!
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princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

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.
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princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

Then cut nine lengths of yarn for the plait, tie them in the middle and split into three groups and plait.
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princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

Use the ends of the tie to sew the plait to the hair base.
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princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

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.

princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

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.

princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

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.

princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

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To make the mattresses

princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

Take two pieces of the scraps fabric, place them right sides together and put a scrap of wadding on top.
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princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

Stitch all the way around, using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a gap for turning. Clip the corners.
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princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

Turn the mattress right sides out and hand stitch the opening shut.
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princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

Sew your green (pea) bead to one of the mattresses.
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princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

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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.

princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

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.

princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

Stitch all the way around leaving a gap for turning. Clip the corners. Turn right sides out and hand stitch the opening shut.

princess and the pea craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

Layer up your mattresses, tuck the doll into bed – if she’s a ‘real’ princess she will feel the pea!

princess and the pea play set craft by Stephanie Stanesby of MollymooCrafts.com

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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!

More Storytelling Crafts from the MollyMooArchives:
Farmyard Stories
Superheros & Sidekicks
The Story of a Putt Putt Boat
Three Blind Mice
The Owl & The Pussycat

 

Happy crafting
Stephanie
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