It’s been too long since I’ve featured a felt craft on the blog! Well, I think I have just the thing to get you in the “felt crafting” mood today. Feast your eyes on the adorableness that is this set of St. Patrick’s Day finger puppets!
I recently got the idea to try making some finger puppets, and I really wanted to put it to use somehow. With St. Paddy’s Day coming up, I figured that this would be the perfect time to see what I could do.
With my felt projects in the past, I’ve always cut the felt out by hand. This time around, I really wanted to put my Cricut Maker to the test by having it to all the leg work in the felt-cutting department. I was super nervous about whether or not it would work; but, when it did, I was absolutely giddy!
How to Make
1. Use your cutting machine to make your puppet pieces. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can easily use the pdf template included in the download to make these instead! Just print off the designs, cut them out, trace them onto your felt, and use fabric scissors to achieve the same results.
Note: If you are using a Cricut machine to cut out your felt, I’ve found that it works best to use a strong grip cutting mat and a rotary blade (if you have a Cricut Maker). If you don’t have the ability to use a rotary blade, then you can still do well with a deep cut blade. And make sure to set the material to “felt” before cutting!
2. Sandwich your two pieces together, and make a straight stitch on each of the two outside edges. (You can use a sewing machine to do this part instead of hand stitching, if you’d like. I am just not good enough with a machine to be able to sew things quite this small.)
3. Lastly, flip the puppet inside-out, and attach the googly eyes with hot glue.
The clover is the simplest of the puppets to make, but the process for the leprechauns and rainbow is pretty much the exact same. The only difference being that the others include some extra layers of felt. For those, I still only stitched the base of the finger puppet, and use hot glue to attach everything else. If you want to be an overachiever, you could stitch all of the little details together, but hot glue really does work fine.
Out of this set, my favorite puppet has to be the rainbow. I love how it can be worn on two fingers, and all the colors just make it look so cute!
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other St. Patrick’s Day freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy making these super fun St. Patrick’s Day finger puppets! Who are you going to make this cutesy little craft for?
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