Swedish Tomten Inspired Wooden Peg Doll Tutorial

As promised on Instagram, here is my step-by-step tutorial on how to make your very own DIY Swedish tomten!  I made any army of these cute little guys for our Waldorf school’s Winter Wonderland Faire. Some went into the Angel Room and some of them were sold in little Christmas scenes on wood slices with needle-felted Christmas trees.

Ok, so first things first. You will need to gather your supplies!

You will need:

  • a wooden peg doll (like these)
  • red felt
  • a small wooden bead
  • 1″ white faux fur trim (I think I got mine at Joann Fabric)
  • white embroidery floss
  • embroidery needle
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • jewelry needlenose pliers
  • jewelry wire cutters

Ok, let’s do this! 🙂

  1. Start by cutting your felt so that you have a triangle and a square. These are the dimensions I used:

2. Using your white embroidery floss, blanket stitch around the bottom edge of the triangle, which will be the hat. Do the same for the bottom long edge of the rectangle. Need help with blanket stitching? I have a blanket stitching tutorial here.

Then find the center of the hat and a little ways above the blanket stitching, embroider a simple star. I do this by making a lower case t shape, then making an “x” in the middle. Need help with embroidery? I have a simple embroidery tutorial here.

Then fold the hat in half long ways and stitch from the upper tip down to the blanket stitched edge. Now you have a hat! Stitch up the rectangular piece as well so you have a little tube for your Tomten. Slide the tube over your wooden peg so it is now wearing clothes. 😀

3. Cut a strip of white craft fur and remove any hairs which are no longer secured so they don’t shed. The length is up to you. You can see that I played with various lengths for my tomtens. Add a bit of hot glue to the lower part of your peg doll’s face and secure the fur beard.

4. Add a little bit of glue to the inside edges of your felt hat and secure to the gnome so that the top edge of the fur is hidden inside of the hat.

5. To make the nose, take your wooden bead and carefully cut it in half using your wire cutters. I like to do this so that the holes are lined up with the cutters.






Using the needle nose pliers (so you don’t burn yourself) hold one of the bead halves with the cut side exposed and add a tiny dab of hot glue, then secure the half bead so it is glued to the beard right under the hat. These make the cutest little noses! If you want bigger noses, use bigger beads. 🙂

That’s it! Easy, right? I was able to make a whole bunch of these in a couple of mornings. Each has its own little personality. I love them so much and I’m totally making more when I have time!

Enjoy! And if you make your own using this tutorial, be sure to post your results on Instagram and tag me @crystalsilvas. Merry Christmas, friends!


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