The kids just turned ages 4 and 2. Big enough to really enjoy themselves at a party! They agreed to have a joint party with a Goldilocks and the Three Bears theme. Why? Well, we eat oatmeal almost every morning. Telling a story helps pass the time.
I didn't start out intending to sew party favors. It just happened. After searching in-store and online, it was quickly obvious that anything bear, and especially Goldilocks, is hard to find. Oh, there are lots of books, but the artwork I prefer is in expensive books. And what kid wants a book as a party favor? And why should I pay shipping for $2 worth of bear stickers?? The fun part is acting out the story :-)
Supplies1- 12x12" medium brown felt square, $0.33
1- 12x12" flesh colored felt square, $0.33
1- 12x12" blue felt square, $0.33
bits of yellow felt, about 6x6"
bits of tan felt , about 6x6"
bits of yellow yarn, about 1.5 yard
1 bottle of black puff fabric paint
Even if I paid for all the supplies, the total would be under $5 for 7 sets of finger puppets.
- Trace an index finger (yours or your child's) three times.
- Add 1/2" seam allowance. You'll actually sew at 1/4" so there will be extra room in that finger puppet.
- Make Papa Bear and Goldilocks about 3"H, Mama Bear about 2.5"H, and Baby Bear about 1.5-2"H.
- Cut out 7 of each character. I cut my bears on a fold so the finger would be more stable to turn. Goldilocks is flesh colored in front, and yellow in back.
Bear Muzzles and Ears, and Body
- Trace a small oval for the bear muzzle.
- Cut out 7x3= 21 muzzles.
- Trace an oval that is about 1/4" larger than the muzzle.
- Cut out 7x3 = 21 ear ovals. Cut large oval in half to make two ears.
- Zigzag stitch the oval onto the bear. Pull threads to back and knot.
- Machine baste the ears facing down with a 1/8" seam allowance. Don't tie knots, just clip threads close.
- Fold bear right sides together and stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance. Tie knots.
- Turn. You have a bear!
Goldilocks Arms, and Body
- Trace a rectangle with curved end. This is an arm.
- Cut out 7x2= 14 arms.
- Machine baste 1 arm onto yellow felt at about 1.5" from the top of the puppet head with 1/8" seam allowance. No knots, just clip threads.
- Machine baste 1 arm onto flesh felt about 1.5" from the top of the puppet head with 1/8" seam allowance. No knots, just clip threads.
- With right sides together (make sure the arms are inside and clear of the stitching line, I turned mine under a little) stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance. Tie knots. You may want to back stitch at start and finish because turning will put stress on the seams.
- Turn. You have a Goldilocks base!
- Trace a dress shape that you like.
- Cut out 7 blue dresses. I cut mine on a fold to eliminate sewing lots of seams.
- With right sides together, stitch dress side seams. Back stitch 3 stitches at start and finish.
- Pull threads to back. Tie knots
- Turn. You have a Goldilocks dress. Dress her up.
- Cut about 6" strands of yellow yarn, 3x7 = 21 strands.
- With three strands together and yellow thread, tie off one end.
- Clip a clothespin to the tied off end and grip between your knee(s).
- Braid three strands. Tie off with yellow thread.
- Whip stitch or baste invisibly by hand onto finished Goldilocks puppet at hair line.
- Braid ends are loose.
Eyes, Nose, Mouth, etc
- Use black puff paint to add eyes, nose, mouth, etc.
- Dab, because felt is fuzzy (you cannot drag the end of the paint applicator or you'll pick up fuzz).
- Let dry about 30 minutes before playing.