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)
Hand sewing needle + pins
Permanent fabric markers
[Note: Seam allowances are included in the pattern.]
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
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.
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
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.
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