Clothespin Wrap Dolls

Clothespin Wrap Dolls | this heart of mine

We are headed out on a family vacation in the near future. One of those long drive destinations. The question that all parents mull over is how the heck to get everyone from point A to point B with the least amount of mental breakdowns. For us the parents, I mean. I travel with a bag (or bags) full of things to do – magazines, lists, sketchbook, a collection of electronic devices, etc – though if I’m being honest, I usually zonk out on long rides. Exhaustion from the ‘fun’ of planning and packing really takes it out of me. Anyway, it seems my habits are rubbing off on my children because when we leave the house, like, to go anywhere, Love Bug and Sweet J feverishly grab dolls, stuffed animals, a armful of cars, a wooden spoon, the attachment to the vacuum cleaner, anything nearby to drag along on our trip. It’s funny until one has to carry it all that stuff back in the house. Every. Single. Time.

Clothespin Wrap Dolls | this heart of mine

In an effort to stymie protests in support of packing bags of random household items, I have packed the activity bag. Markers/colored pencils and (lots of) paper, books, music and these clothespin dolls. Small with lots of playing potential, these wooden friends will be the actors in a variety of scenarios across the miles we will travel.

Clothespin Wrap Dolls | this heart of mine

These dolls have been made again and again. Here’s how I did it.


-embroidery thread
-hot glue

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Wrap the thread around the clothespin in the outfits you desire.

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Stripes added some excitement to these wooden peep’s wardrobes. Thick or thin, it’s a nice change from solid on solid.

Clothespin Wrap Dolls | this heart of mine

Love Bug had some requests for her ladies. She likes very fancy dresses and fancy hair (note to the pink hair band on the purple one above). For the one below, I tried to make a fancy flowy skirt. After gluing the lengths of thread at the waist, I unraveled the pieces to make it fuller. Tedious, yes, but a flowy skirt it made. The white band at the top of the skirt hid all the thread ends. Bug loved it. And the bangs.

Clothespin Wrap Dolls | this heart of mine

For the dude hair, I cut tiny pieces of embroidery thread. It made fuzz. I covered the heads in hot glue and then rolled it in the fuzz. I think their hair might be my favorite part. I think it is a dead ringer for Sweet J’s head after nap time.

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Of course I want to make a case for them to ride in, a place for them to play, etc but that’s for another day. Now that I have the activity bag packed, there is all the rest of the items to get ready.

Heaven help me…

Clothespin Wrap Dolls | this heart of mine

The children immediately took to the dolls. I tried to get pictures of them playing with them but they couldn’t be bothered. Bug was deep into a drama with her ladies and Sweet J was launching his guys from the top of my work table along with his cars

Clothespin Wrap Dolls | this heart of mine

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Amy Christie

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  • Stephanie July 31, 2013, 2:05pm

    Holeee Toledo, these are adorable! Once again, thanks for the inspiration! I have the perfect clothespins just hangin’ out in my stash!

    • amy christie August 2, 2013, 11:29pm

      Thanks Stephanie! I had so much fun making them. And I kinda want to play with them myself!!

  • Anna Wollebena July 31, 2013, 10:40pm

    Hello, this is a genius idea! Where can I get the pegs though. never have seen them in stores (in Canada), only the China ugly plastic ones…..

    • amy christie August 2, 2013, 11:27pm

      I found mine at a craft store. I’m sure you can find this type online.

      • Patty March 14, 2014, 11:02am

        They used to be in 5 and dime stores but I think you could find them in the dollar tree or the Family dollar store. Next time I get to Walmart I’ll look. You can tell my age by 5 and dime store and their used to be Woolworth too. Oh maybe at Big Lots Store . They would be reasonably priced . I hope you can find them . They look so cute and easy to make. Wow your in Canada. I was there twice. We stayed near Toronto. My daughter played ice hockey. She was a Goal tender. We played a game at Missasagua too. My husband thinks Don Cherry is the Bomb! We ate at Wayne Greztgys resturant. I would love to come back but I took a fall at our Arby’s . I was working at Hershey Park and the next day I was off to see my grandson do a singing and dancing recital and we went to eat afterwards. I went flying down on my hands and knee’s . The floor have a greasy spot .it had been mopped and was dry ,but they just spread it around .I am on disability . A mouse couldn’t live on what I get. I can’t drive very far . In around my little city. But my brother and my great sister in law take me to craft shows. I’ll shut up now . I hope you find the right clothes pins.

  • Michelle August 1, 2013, 9:41am

    These are adorable Amy!

  • Missy August 1, 2013, 7:00pm

    I LOVE this. My two girls will flip over these. How did you make the heart on the top of the brown haired one? Genius!

    • Dawn Ivey August 2, 2013, 8:29pm

      My girls and I were wondering the same thing. I love them.

    • amy christie August 2, 2013, 11:25pm

      Thank you Missy!! I thought about stitching on the heart but used a paint pen instead. Cheating? Probably. But it was easier. :)

  • Caroline August 2, 2013, 10:42pm

    Amy, these are seriously SO incredible!

  • Jenelle August 3, 2013, 1:59pm

    Christmas gifts done, I am so excited about this, I found it on pinterest. My 10 year old and I can make these together for my nieces and nephews…… very excited

    • amy christie August 8, 2013, 11:30am

      These would be fantastic Christmas gifts!! Have fun Jenelle!!

  • Heather August 6, 2013, 10:09am

    These are so creative! I love all your details. :)

  • Kelly August 6, 2013, 9:29pm

    Oh, they are adorable!

  • Ilene August 11, 2013, 4:37pm

    How do you get the thread to stay wrapped around the pin? Do you glue it?

    • amy christie August 13, 2013, 10:12am

      Great question Ilene? I used a dot of glue to hold the end of the thread in place and then wrapped until I was finished with the color. Used another dot to hold the end in place. If the thread didn’t stay in place, I used a few other dots of glue along the way. Use small dots because it will squeeze out between the threads.

  • Ann August 13, 2013, 8:43am

    I don’t mean to sound inept, ok maybe I am, but I have the same question. Do you just wrap and glue the end of each thread??

    • amy christie August 13, 2013, 10:15am

      Haha Ann! You are not inept. :) I did answer the question above. I used very little glue. Most threads are just wrapped. I used glue for the ends and to keep any other threads in place. Good luck!

  • danielle August 25, 2013, 4:56pm

    Love these so much!!

  • Shaunna @ Fantastic Fun and Learning August 26, 2013, 5:20am

    These are awesome! You inspired me to make some to go along with a story retelling set for Jack and the Beanstalk, and my kids love them. Thanks!

  • Cindy deRosier September 5, 2013, 10:25am

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your doll project! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

  • Vi September 11, 2013, 7:00am

    How did you make/work in the pink heart on lady with the red shirt?

    • amy christie September 11, 2013, 9:57am

      I totally cheated and used a paint pen. :) Worked great!

  • GGMcMurray September 21, 2013, 4:08pm

    Great idea, can’t wait to try to make a little fairy.

    • amy christie September 22, 2013, 2:04pm

      I think I’m going to be making some fairy beings too. Would love to see them if you want to share!

  • Katy @ All Sorts of Pretty September 27, 2013, 9:26am

    Oh my gosh, how cute are these?! I want to make these as gifts for littles, but I think I would make these more for my own enjoyment than theirs (hah!).

    • amy christie October 7, 2013, 1:39pm

      I totally agree. I don’t mind if they lay on my desk for a few days, just so I can see them. :)

  • Irene albertson October 5, 2013, 12:11pm

    They are sooo
    cute. I love you gives me an idea?

  • Julia @ FaveCrafts October 11, 2013, 8:38am

    Hi Amy,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of clothespin crafts! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

  • jennifer November 29, 2013, 3:51pm

    Hello! I am wanting to make a nativity scene like this with my children, adding pieces each year so one day they each have a complete set, any suggestions on how to get started? I am not as creative as you so I am having a hard time getting the idea from my head to my fingers, any suggestion would be appreciated! Thanks!

  • Dietlinde January 29, 2014, 10:26am

    Love this. Thank you! I’m always looking for ideas to use in Africa, and I think this would do very well.

  • Beverly March 15, 2014, 2:12pm

    I can’t wait to make these with my grand children. Thanks!!

  • kris t May 28, 2014, 5:44pm

    the instructions say embroidery thread, however, it looks more like crewel yarn, especially the hair. is it the embroidery thread, crewel yarn or a combination that is used?

    • amy christie May 28, 2014, 6:02pm

      It’s all embroidery thread, Kris. For the hair, I pulled the thread apart into the single strands. :)

  • Robin January 7, 2015, 8:34pm

    Wondering if you have to use glue somehow to hold the embroidery string to the clothespin or does wrapping it do the trick.

    Thank you :)

    • amy christie January 8, 2015, 2:55pm

      I used hot glue, Robin. I used a dot of it to hold the beginning end and then again for the end.

  • Victoria January 16, 2015, 11:42am

    I love this idea going to try it right now & make some up for a grandchild for her birthday. PS: The dolls fits in a baby wipe box that I purchased at the dollar store in a pink color I was going to give away at a baby shower after I had it all paddled and by adding pretty pink fabric and ribbon boarder, but I now am going to use to hold the clothespin dolls approx. 10-12 will fit. I can’t wait to get started.

    • amy christie January 28, 2015, 8:22pm

      What a great carrying case for the dolls! Thanks Victoria!

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