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Dolly Peg Worry Dolls

by Maggy Woodley

Worry Dolls are small, traditional dolls originally made in Guatemala. The idea behind them is simple. If at night you find yourself worrying about things (and worries have a habit of bothering you when you are trying to sleep), you tell your worries to these little dolls and place them under your pillow.

The traditional worry dolls are very small, made from things like match sticks and scraps of fabric. Since then, there have been many variations of making these bright and colourful worry dolls.

Here we show you how to make a different version, using Dolly Pegs. As these are bigger, they are far more manageable for kids and not as fiddly.

Materials Needed: 

  • Old fashioned dolly pegs
  • Washed lolly sticks (craft sticks)
  • Brightly coloured wool
  • Pens
  • A little glue (optional for hair)

Worry Dolls Materials


If you don’t have all the materials on hand – don’t worry, as you can make substitute arms using pipe cleaners. Get as creative as you like with decorating the face and head – my kids love dipping the head into a little glue and then a pot of glitter. Fabulous.

See what you have to hand! If you are making smaller worry dolls, you can replace the wool with embroidery thread. Alternatively experiment with using fabric scarps and securing these with your wool!

Steps continued on the next page...

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