Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Monster Finger Puppets Craft How To


These little guys are so cute, and for the size, they have a lot of character. Here is your chance to learn about making my monster finger puppets, so pay attention :)

Here is what you will need:

1. Body material (felt, fleece or fur) If you use fur, the selvage edge is perfect for the bottom as it's hard to hem up fur so it doesn't pull out.

2. Felt circles and half moons for eyes, and felt or fleece cutouts for horns.

3. A bit of stuffing for horns. About 5-6 peasized balls per horn is perfect.

4. Embroidery floss and thread.



First, make the horns. Fold them in half and use a blanket stitch to close it. I took the embroidery floss in half, because the whole floss is too thick for these little horns. Start sewing at the bottom of the horn, and when you get to the top, tighten the last stitch and thread it through back to the bottom, to tie it with the bottom thread. Lightly stuff each horn with about 6 peasized balls of fiberfill, using the ball tip of a pin to stuff it down. Lightly bend the horn to make it more of a curved horn shape.



Next, sew on your eyes and a goofy smile with your black embroidery floss. Sew the horns to the top of the face like the picture. For the hair, sew a couple of loops and tie in the back. When you sew the puppet shut, it will make the loops not able to be pulled out.



Now that your little guy is mostly done, pin his backside to the front (inside out of course), and sew shut, making sure to sew the horns and hair into the top seam. Leave the bottom open and trim excess fur so you will have a clean interior for a comfortable finger fit.

Turn your little finger puppet inside out and give him or her a name. They remind me a bit of the 70's show Sigmund the Seamonster.

*Post is linked to seven thirty three's What are Boys Made Of linky party.

15 comments:

Bejeweled said...

These are so super cute! I love the horns! They make the monster :)

You have a beautiful blog! I'm with you on those dyed chicks a few posts down being a bit scary and sad. What on earth did they dye them with??? I hope it was non-toxic and harmless.

Thanks so very much for visiting my blog yesterday!

Little Lovables said...

I think they probably did it with food coloring maybe? I just wonder if they were immersed or handpainted.

Helen said...

Sooooo cute. Your blog is so much fun. Always informative and I might have to try to make myself a little monster!

Little Lovables said...

Do it! This particular material has some slip to it (if that even makes sense), so I can never quite get it perfect. But I handsew them, so it takes me awhile.

julia said...

About your poll, I love the mix on your blog. These little monsters are so cool. We may have to take on this project :)
Great etsy shop too!

Diana Evans said...

these are adorable...what a great blog!!!

Love it

Cheers,
Diana

Jane said...

They're gorgeous! Miss7 will love making these. :)

I just wanted to let you know about the quiz you have in your sidebar, too. I actually came here from blogcatalog, maybe you should add an 'other' option next time?

Cheers,
Jane :)

Deb DiSalvo said...

awesome finger puppets - I will have to try these out with my son - he'll love them!!!!

Jenni said...

I love these! I may have to make a few adjustments so my little monsters can help me. Maybe some gluing instead of sewing? Or maybe I'll just do the sewing and let them help with the other parts.

Little Lovables said...

On my larger mosters, I do a fair amount of glueing and not so friendly child safe parts (like buttons and beads and such). But I sewed all of these because they are gifts for a toddler, and I wanted them to be extra safe.

If your little monsters are a bit older and out of the chewing stage, glue all you want!

Oh, and I "did" add an other option... but I accidently backclicked when I was making the poll, and I forgot to add it back in! I will be more careful in the future :)

Jane said...

That sound like something I would do... Your blog doesn't sound like you're as dopey as me though ;)

Zee said...

Thanks for visiting!!!!
These are great to make with the kids!!!
Lovely tut.
Xoxo

yellowfish said...

oh man, those are too cute!!

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

These are SUPER adorable! Thanks for the tut and for linking up with What are little boys made of?

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Wow! You've got a great blog here! You might be interested in stopping by my site sometime. I host a link-up party on Tuesdays called Tot Tuesdays where you can link up crafts, activities, recipes, tips and anything else for toddlers. I'd love it if you'd stop by:

http://www.mydeliciousambiguity.com/

Have a great day!

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