Handmade Felt Finger Puppets

Last week I had the honor of being a guest blogger over at Happy Hour Projects.  Here is the post I shared over there.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Nancy

Felt finger puppets are easy to make and, once you get the hang of it, can easily be made in about 20 minutes.  I (like usual) got a little carried away and have 17 different finger puppets in my collection already!  There really is no limit to the characters that you can transform into felty-finger-puppety-fun!

Supplies Needed:

  • Mulit-colored felt
  • Multi-colored embroidery thread and needle
  • (optional) Simple cartoon images of the characters you are creating.  This will help you figure out the simplified features to give you puppets.
How to:
1. Using your finger, create a “pattern” for the body of your puppets, so they are all about the same size.  Draw a line around your finger with about 1cm on all sides.  Stop just below your second knuckle.
2. Cut out the various pieces need, including two body pieces.  Have fun here!  Finger puppets are not meant to be perfect or anatomically correct.  Find a helpful cartoon image as a guide, if needed, and cut away!
3. Sew on embellishments to wings/arms or body.  For this stage I used mainly a whip stitch.
4. Add eyes and mouth.  The mouth is a backstitch.  I gave all of my puppets a bit of a smirk.
5.  Pin all of the pieces in place, placing a body piece on the top and bottom.  Once pinned, do a blanket stitch around the exterior using matching thread.  Use a running stitch in places where arms/wings will not allow a blanket stitch.
6. Done!  Dream up a story, and it’s playtime!
Just to get your creative juices flowing, here are all of the puppets currently in my collection:
Bumble Bee, Chicken, Kitty
Pink Bunny, Tiger, Cow
Monkey, Pig, Elephant
Moose, Penguin, Octopus
Lion, Frog, Blue Bird
Two Butterfly Buddies
Thank you so much for allowing me to share.  Thanks again to Adrianne.  I hope you have many happy hours of project creation!
Nancy

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Comments

  1. How cute! My girls would love these. I worder if we could get the Mister to play along. Thanks for sharing!

  2. These are so cute. My daughter would just love them to death!

  3. Oh my gosh your kids are going to be the happiest kids ever- what a great thing to keep them entertained! I would have totally loved this as a kid. Coolest mom ever award goes to you for sure! Just found your blog and have enjoyed getting to know you better. I’m excited to follow along!

    new follower :)
    bonnie
    bonnielouisa.blogspot.com

  4. These are so sweet, and remind me of how much my kids loved finger puppets. We used to make our own mini table top theatres and have a great time coming up with stories.

  5. Tonna @ Navy Wifey Peters/USS Crafty says:

    These are really cute!

  6. I saw this post over at Happy Hour when you guest posted! I’m still in love with that little lion!!

    Thanks for linking up with us @ Keep Calm & Link Up this week. We’re thrilled you chose to join our party! Can’t wait to see what you link up next week :o)

  7. Tutus & Tea Parties says:

    These are super cute! I’d love for you to come share this at our Pinteresting Party!

  8. Very cute. Alexa has a few finger puppets we bring to keep her occupied at church. I could also use a few more. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  9. Adorable! So fun and as someone who is purging closets right now I love that they take up hardly any space at all :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  10. Wow! What a great collection. These are so cute. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize this week~

  11. So cute! That little elephant kills me. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. The Thrifty Challenge says:

    this are totally adorable, I should make some for my little class, they’d go mad for them. thanks for the idea.

  13. These are absolutely adorable and super cute!:)
    Very creative of you

  14. Gorgeous, what a cute idea!

  15. Being Inspired says:

    Love your little puppets! I have a bit of a puppet obsession lately so I might have to make some of these!! :)

  16. I love these! Since I’m sometimes not so creative, it’s fabulous that you shared so many photos of puppet ideas. I’m sure that my little girl will love these in a few months when she’s a wee bit older. So happy I found your blog from Lil Luna this morning, Nancy.

  17. Ah what a cute and fun project. Thanks so much for sharing :)
    Love for you to share it here at my weekly linky party:
    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/09/made-by-me-48-linky-party-and-features.html

    Take care!

    -Q

  18. BeanBugCrafts says:

    These are so cute! Thanks for sharing.
    Anna @ Bean Bug Crafts

  19. Britni @ Hubby Made Me says:

    Oh my gosh those are too cute!! My daughter needs some of those! Those look like fun to make too. So cute :) I would love if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday party. I hope to see you there and thanks so much for sharing! http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-10/

  20. Rebecca English says:

    Oh those are great. I wish I was better at sewing.

    Thanks for linking to the sunday showcase.

  21. These are so cute! And you made so many of them! I’m featuring these tonight at the link party. Thanks for linking up!!

    Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

  22. Britni @ Hubby Made Me says:

    You already know how much I love these! But just wanted to thank you for sharing these cuties at my Throwback Thursday party! I would love to see you again this week :)

  23. It’s long overdue, but I’m finally posting features from my Felt Food & Projects Roundup on OneCreativeMommy.com. Year great idea will be featured tomorrow. Don’t forget to stop by and grab a featured button! Finger puppets can be so expensive! I wish I had yours when my kids were a little younger!

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