Whip up pattern: playful puppet pals

by kath_red on 01/02/2011

in Features, Whip Up Tutorials

Playful Hand puppets (Puppet Pals)

These playful hand puppets are sure to keep everyone amused – make a few with different outfits, and you could even let your kids design the facial expressions.

You will need:
20x40cm / 7.5x15inches piece of fun fabric (for body)
20x40cm 7.5x15inches piece of plain fabric (for face and hands)
Wools scraps (for hair)
Lace, buttons, bows, ribbon and ric-rac (for decoration)
Pillow stuffing

Sewing machine
Hand sewing needle + pins
Permanent fabric markers

[Note: Seam allowances are included in the pattern.]

Step 1.
Print the pattern pieces below on your printer, you might need to enlarge the pieces slightly when printing. Cut out the pattern pieces, then use the pattern to cut your fabric: (print and enlarge the pieces to fit your printer paper)
Cut 2x body from fun fabric
Cut 4x hands from plain fabric
Cut 2x head from plain fabric

Step 2.
Decorate the front of the body: Attach lace, buttons or bows, sew these to your body front by hand or by machine.
Draw your face onto face piece. Copy the design here or make up your own. Use permanent fabric markers, crayons or paints.

Step 3.
Sew the hands and head to the body section: Place your hand and head pieces with the straight edges aligned with the straight edges of the body piece as per the photos, and with right sides facing down, pin and then sew. Do this for the front and the back, ensuring the thumbs on the hands are always facing upwards. Press these seams

Step 3.
Pin then sew the front and the back of the body together, right sides facing. Leave the bottom of the body open and hem this bottom opening with a zigzag stitch.
Turn the puppet right side out, making sure to push out the thumbs on the hands.

Step 4.
Use a little stuffing to push into the hands and head, giving some definition to these bits.
Make the hair with your wool scraps. Plait long sections or tie some short bits together – experiment with different hair styles. Then sew onto the top of the head by hand, attaching in a couple of places.

Your puppets are now ready to test drive.

Kathreen Ricketson Whipup.net

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 se7en February 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Would you just look at those great puppets!!! Totally love them!!!


2 Lisa February 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Really cute!


3 kath_red February 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Thank you – and thats my boy modelling!


4 Maya February 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Oh this is just gorgeous! Love your puppets! This tickled the puppeteer in me.


5 Margaret February 2, 2011 at 11:13 pm

What a perfect rainy day project! Thanks.


6 kath_red February 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Yes – yes it is – and lots of fun afterwards too!


7 jan February 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Super – cute!


8 green February 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

LOVE these! Easy and cute and with scrap fabric. I have nieces and nephews who will love to get their own! Thanks!


9 Karen February 6, 2011 at 12:40 am

Thanks for yet again another totally cool pattern.


10 kath_red February 6, 2011 at 7:41 am

So glad everyone liked these – we love them so much in our house and they are so totally customisable.


11 IRN February 9, 2011 at 8:04 am

Funny puppet!!



12 Yvonne December 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Very cute puppets! Thank you for sharing!


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