Mr. and Mrs. Fox, a pair of finger puppets, are newly married and settling down. They recently bought a little house which they named Sunflower Cottage. They liked how cheerful it was inside with its two snug beds to curl up in when its cold outside. The tall roof feels roomy and may one day contain a loft nursery for baby foxes (kits). Wouldn't you like to visit Sunflower Cottage on a wintery day?
Sunflower Cottage is made from vintage gingham, flowered sheets and cotton fabric, with a ribbon tie. It is 6" tall x 4" wide when closed, and 8" wide when open. The fox puppets are made of felt and are 2.5" tall. Sunflower Cottage came about because lately I have been obsessed with sketching little houses and wanted to try making one from fabric. Want to know how I make finger puppets?
I decided to make a little "book" in the shape of a house, sized to fit the pocket pets of my toys Sophie, Polly and Catarina. When I was done creating it I realized it needed permanent residents, so I invented Mr. and Mrs. Fox.
In case you are interested in making finger puppets, this is how I went about creating them.
First I make a few sketches of foxes, based on photos I find on Google and Pinterest. I simplify the animal down to its essential elements in shapes and colors. After choosing a piece of felt for the puppet body, I sketch an outline on it lightly in pencil.
Next I cut out small bits of colored felt with my snips to fill in the body parts. I try not to make it too complicated because its meant spark a child's imagination. I add French knot eyes and anchor the nose and other pieces with a little embroidery, usually with a back stitch or satin stitch.
It is easier to machine sew an outline around the puppet before it is cut out of the surrounding felt. If there is a part that must be added to the figure, like a tail, I first sew around the outline of the part, cut it out and pin it between the body layers where it is to go. To help fit it properly, I cut along the outline of the animal's side, just where the tail fits. Then I sewed all the way around the outline of the fox, leaving the base open so he fits on a finger.
Just for fun, I altered Mrs. Fox's appearance by changing felt colors. I have amassed a nice collection of thrifted and purchased felts, so I have lots of colors to choose from. My favorites are the wool felts because they are so soft.
So there you have it - my method for creating felt finger puppets. Are you going to try it yourself? Please share your photos if you do!