Felt

MAKING A BUNNY HAND PUPPET

Spring is among us. Well, most of us. Parts of the country are still getting hit hard with a dose of winter. With spring arriving I was feeling festive and fun. I had seen these Felted Bunny Hand Puppets a while back and this seemed like the right time to make it.

You will need:

  • paper
  • scissors
  • pen
  • felt
  • embroidery floss
  • embroidery needle
  • pattern

Gather your materials. I wasn't going for traditional spring colors, so my palette is varied. Like with any sewing project always make sure you have enough material for the various parts that have multiples.

Cut out your paper pattern and then cut it out on your felt. I used this pattern as a guide, but I did change it a bit. I flip flopped the colors for the ears, made the nose bigger and gave the bunny eyelashes. 

Fold the bunny tail column felt in half over the length of the piece and cut the slits in the side. 

Then begin rolling it up. You will want to sew as you go.

Then sew all your elements together without sewing the body together. Make sure you have everything how you want it. In the pattern it asks you to cut the tail to make it more fluffy, but I liked the way this curly tail looked, so I kept it that way. Also, I stuffed the ears slightly the give them a little fluff. I also stuff my things with the scraps of felt and string from the project or past projects. 

When sewing the front and back of the body together, pin and line up the ears the way you want them, as you will be sewing them into place as you stitch along. 

Then you are good to go for some friendly puppeteering! 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN: MAKING PUMPKINS THAT LAST

It's that time of year when pumpkins, ghosts and oodles of candy seems to be never ending. Last year I made a little pin for Halloween and it was a skull. I figured for this year I would go with the old reliable jack-o-lantern. It begins with felt. 

felt for pumpkin

Gather your materials. You will need:

  • an embroidery or sewing needle
  • scissors
  • wool felt
  • cotton embroidery thread
  • paper and pen
  • safety pin
  • scraps of felt
pumpkin pattern

Draw a pumpkin you are happy with. This one is about 3 1/2" wide by 3" tall. Then cut your paper pumpkin, line it up with your felt pumpkin, and cut two pieces. 

sew pumpkin

Once you have your pumpkin pieces begin stitching along. Think of where you want to begin, so you will have room to stop and stuff your pumpkin. 

more sewn pumpkin

Make sure you leave room to stuff the pumpkin. Usually an inch or so will work.

stuff_felt_pumpkin

If you do sewing, or crafting, you usually end up with these little scraps that are too small to really do anything with. These make perfect stuffing. Plus it isn't that plastic, wispy, acrylic stuff, which isn't the best thing for the environment. Begin stuffing your pumpkin.

pumpkin to jack

After stuffing pumpkin continue to sew up the opening until the entire this is closed. Then transform your pumpkin to a jack-o-lantern. Cut small scraps of a dark color felt, and place where you want on the pumpkin. I changed out my thread to black at this point.

pumpkin pin

I tidied up the mouth a little and then sewed along. The particular scrap of felt i used was a little frayed, so I have some fuzzy edges. 

pin pumpkin

Then add a safety pin to the back and then go celebrate the halloween season!

monster glasses

I am not a supporter of disposable plastic, but I did volunteer to decorate some cups for one of the kiddos class party. I thought I would share some, since I think this is a festive way to personalize party cups. It's also a good character drawing exercise. I think I might do this again, but with paper cups. 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!