Saturday, March 29, 2014

DIY Goldilocks and the Three Bears Finger Puppets

This post contains SEWING instructions, for the unintimidated semi-crafty person. Not for people who prefer glue. Novice sewer friendly!

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 :-)

Supplies

1- 12x12" medium brown felt square, $0.33
1- 12x12" flesh colored felt square, $0.33
1- 12x12" blue felt square, $0.33

Already had...
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.

Bears

Goldilocks

Instructions

Main Puppets

  1. Trace an index finger (yours or your child's) three times.
  2. Add 1/2" seam allowance. You'll actually sew at 1/4" so there will be extra room in that finger puppet.
  3. Make Papa Bear and Goldilocks about 3"H, Mama Bear about 2.5"H, and Baby Bear about 1.5-2"H.
  4. 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

  1. Trace a small oval for the bear muzzle.
  2. Cut out 7x3= 21 muzzles.
  3. Trace an oval that is about 1/4" larger than the muzzle.
  4. Cut out 7x3 = 21 ear ovals. Cut large oval in half to make two ears.
  5. Zigzag stitch the oval onto the bear. Pull threads to back and knot.
  6. Machine baste the ears facing down with a 1/8" seam allowance. Don't tie knots, just clip threads close.
  7. Fold bear right sides together and stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance. Tie knots.
  8. Turn. You have a bear!


Goldilocks Arms, and Body

  1. Trace a rectangle with curved end. This is an arm.
  2. Cut out 7x2= 14 arms.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Turn. You have a Goldilocks base!


Goldilocks Dress

  1. Trace a dress shape that you like.
  2. Cut out 7 blue dresses. I cut mine on a fold to eliminate sewing lots of seams.
  3. With right sides together, stitch dress side seams. Back stitch 3 stitches at start and finish.
  4. Pull threads to back. Tie knots
  5. Turn. You have a Goldilocks dress. Dress her up.


Goldilocks Hair

  1. Cut about 6" strands of yellow yarn, 3x7 = 21 strands.
  2. With three strands together and yellow thread, tie off one end.
  3. Clip a clothespin to the tied off end and grip between your knee(s).
  4. Braid three strands. Tie off with yellow thread.
  5. Whip stitch or baste invisibly by hand onto finished Goldilocks puppet at hair line.
  6. Braid ends are loose.


Eyes, Nose, Mouth, etc

  1. Use black puff paint to add eyes, nose, mouth, etc.
  2. Dab, because felt is fuzzy (you cannot drag the end of the paint applicator or you'll pick up fuzz).
  3. Let dry about 30 minutes before playing.

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