Thursday, December 15, 2011

Easy Felt Finger Puppets

If you are looking for an easy homemade Christmas gift for kids, these felt finger puppets are perfect!  They are made with scraps of novelty print felt so they literally take 3 minutes to make since all of the features are already there :)

I have made many many finger puppets over the years. Usually they are very time consuming to make. I have made them with teeny tiny felt scraps with embroidered details that take forever to finish!

 My kids love them so I wanted to make more, but was trying to figure out an easier way to make them. I found some really cute fabrics that already had images on them that would be the perfect size for finger puppets.

These are pretty small so they should not be made for any child who is under the age of 3 or chews on toys.

*I used some novelty felt fabric from the fabric store. Sometimes this fabric is called nursery fabric. It is kind of like pajama material. I try to pick out a print that has a decent amount of space between each image. This makes it easier to cut out. You could even use old kids pajamas if you wanted to be super frugal!

You will also need some regular felt for the back of the puppet. One small sheet of felt (cost is about .30) will be enough for quite a few puppets. You can also use felt scraps.

For this project you will need:

1/2 yard of *novelty fabric

1 sheet of felt or felt scraps

Needle and thread or a sewing machine

Scissors or rotary blade with a self healing mat

Choose the image you want. Cut around the image leaving as much space as you can (refer to picture).

Fold over 1/4-1/2 in. of fabric at the bottom of the image. In this puppet I only had enough fabric to fold over 1/4 in. If the hem is too small for you to sew on your machine you can just hand sew it, it doesn't take very long. Sew hem.

Place your image on a piece of felt. Pin the image to the felt. Sew around the image, leaving the bottom open.

Trim the excess fabric from the edges so that both pieces of fabric are the same size.

 Make sure not to cut through where you have sewn. You are finished! How easy it that?! You could have a whole village of these finger puppets in no time! A great homemade stocking stuffer for kids or an easy homemade toy for any occasion :)  Enjoy!

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