"Peg" Nativity Pieces by Anna Virginia

"Peg" Nativity Pieces

This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

I have two little ones in the home this Christmas, and they love to touch everything! Sounds like a typical 3-year-old and 18-month-old. I want them to learn about the meaning of Christmas; that we celebrate the birth and life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I let them look at my nativity scenes to show “Mommy Mary,” “Baby Jesus,” and “Daddy Joseph.” Naturally, they were pretty excited about the figures, and wanted to hold them forever!

Of course, those nativity pieces are for mommy. But I decided that I could whip up some more durable and plush nativity pieces for each of them. I considered making the out of wooden peg pieces, but I was trying not to buy any extra supplies. I have a lot of yarn on-hand, so that was the best choice! With a little bit of poly fiberfill, I could make pieces that are “peg” style without any of the risks of them actually being wood (like my furniture getting dinged because my boy loves pounding things).

In this set, Joseph stands at 4 inches (10 cm) tall, Mary is 3.75 inches (9.5 cm) tall, and Baby Jesus is 2.5 inches (6.3 cm) long. I came up with the three pieces (and made two sets!) in one evening. It doesn’t take much yarn, either!

I’m providing a free pattern for your use. I hope other children can enjoy learning about Jesus’ entrance into this world and the sacrifices made by Mary and Joseph to ensure God’s will. Merry Christmas!