Finger puppets are simple and fast crafts that anyone can make. Adults may want to sew the puppets together to make a lasting puppet that will be durable and professional. Children can use glue to hold the puppets together. There are many topics you can use for finger puppets, including animals, holiday themes, fantasy and more. These directions are designed for use with a sewing machine, but you can easily modify the directions to use with hand sewing or to use glue instead of sewing.
Embellishments such as googly eyes, beads, yarn or other fabric scraps
Cut 2, 2 by 3 inch ovals from brightly colored felt. Sew the ovals together along the long sides and one short side using a ¼ inch seam allowance. Turn the body inside out.
Cut 2, round 2-inch circles from flesh colored felt to make a head. Sew the circle together with the sewing machine, leaving a small gap. Turn the circle inside out and stuff with polyester stuffing. Hand sew the gap closed using a whip stitch.
Sew the head to the top of the body along the top sewn seam. Use enough stitches to hold the head securely in place so that it does not flop over.
Cut two, 2 by 4-inch rectangles from felt. Fold the rectangles in half lengthwise. Sew the long side and one short side of the rectangles together using a ¼-inch seam allowance. Turn the tubes inside out and stuff with polyester stuffing.
Cut out 2 hand shapes from felt. If your puppet will be an animal, cut out a hoof or appropriate leg, or you can skip the use of hands. Place the hand shape inside the tube opening. Sew the opening closed with a sewing machine.
Sew the hands to either side of the puppet body.
Add the desired embellishments to the puppets to give them character. You can make people, animals, fantasy creatures, monsters, holiday puppets, story characters or anything else you can think of. You could even make the puppets look like family members. There are no limits on the kinds of puppets you can make. Allow children to use their own ideas for puppet design.
Use the puppets in a puppet show, during playtime, for school or Sunday school, to entertain children during holiday celebrations or at any other time. Finger puppets also make great counting tools and can keep children occupied during long car trips.