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.
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.