Tuesday, February 14, 2012
spring finger puppets with free pattern download
I've been working on some Spring inspired wool felt finger puppets for the etsy shop - EarthyMamaGoods. So far I've designed a baby chick, a lamb, and a bunny rabbit puppet. I thought some of my readers might want to make one for themselves and have provided free copy of the chick finger puppet pattern for you to download for your personal use.
I didn't take step-by-step photos to show you the complete process, but will briefly describe the order of assembly and basic stitches for you.
Obviously the first thing you need to do is cut out your pieces. I prefer to use 100% wool felt and order mine from Weir Dolls. I've been using them as my felt supplier for years and really like the quality of their 100% wool felt and the supreme customer service they provide. (no I'm not compensated in any way for this - I'm just a really satisfied customer)
For the body piece I do use a pin or two to hold the paper pattern on the felt as I'm cutting, but for the smaller pieces I just hold the pattern piece against the felt with one hand and cut with the other.
After you have your pieces cut out you'll want to do your embroidery. For the chick's eyes each eye is constructed of two straight stitches. The top of the eye is a longer straight stitch and the bottom is a slightly shorter straight stitch.
The beak is sewn on using a simple whip stitch. The wings are also sewn on using the whip stitch. All of these are sewn onto the the front body piece.
On the back body piece I use a whip stitch to attach the tail feather piece.
The final step is to sew the front body piece to the back body piece using a running stitch.
For great detailed illustrations and instructions for embroidery stitches mentioned visit Sharon b's Dictionary of Stitches for Hand Embroidery and Needlework.
Chick Finger Puppet Pattern Pieces
I linked this post up with Momnivore's Dilemma Creative Juice #59 link-up
- A 40 something mama meandering through life with an eclectic 21 year old boy-man (the boy), an 8 year old girl (big girl) who is a ball of lightening, and a 4 year old girl (baby girl) who brightens our lives with her smiles. I'm grounded by my 40 something husband and partner (the hubster) whose quirky mannerisms brighten my days.
I've been a single mama, married mama, divorced mama, career mama, SAHM, and WAHM. There was a short time of my life when I wasn't a mama, but that was a LONG time ago!
I hold an AA, BS, and MA and most say I'm wasting them by devoting my intellectual capabilities and energy in the nurture of the wee ones that I've been entrusted to raise, but there is nothing else I'd rather be doing these days. :)
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