Tuesday, February 15, 2011

How to Make a Simple Felt Finger Puppet

Hello!  I'm a friendly monster finger puppet!
How-to make an easy finger puppet out of craft felt!

YOU WILL NEED:  *A sheet of craft felt (in your favorite color!)  *A contrasting color of embroidery floss or craft thread  *Needle *Scissors *Marker *Glue *Googly Eye (or eyeS.  You only have to make a cyclops if you want to. )


Fold one end of the sheet of felt down slightly shorter than the length of your finger.  (This was about 2 1/2 inches for me)  Place your finger on the felt and draw lines with the marker approximately 1/2 inch away from your finger on either side. 


Pin the two sides of the felt together. 


Cut out the piece of felt down each side and along the bottom, leaving the top connected


 You should now have a piece of felt that looks like this. 


Fold the felt in half.  Cut a length of embroidery floss or craft thread.  Tie a knot in the end.  Bring the needle up from what will become the inside of your finger puppet so the knot will be hidden inside.



Sew up one side of the puppet.  I used the split stitch, it's very simple - Down through the fabric and then back up halfway through the stitch you just made.  HERE is a good  tutorial for it along with several other embroidery stitches. 



When you get to the top, simply loop the thread around and around and around the top all the way across.  You can vary the length of stitches to give it the look of fur or hair. 


Continue all the way across


Sew back down the other side, knot the end and trim the thread.



Now stitch a cute smiling mouth!  This is simply two long stitches, slightly overlapped at the bottom corner.  Be careful to only stitch on one side of your puppet so you don't accidentally stitch one side to the other where your finger is supposed to go. 



Glue on a googly eye!  Or two googly eyes!  It's your puppet, you decide! 


Pretty cute, huh?  Now go make your own and put on a puppet show!


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