Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dragon Finger Puppet Tutorial

Dragon Finger Puppet Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Do you remember the finger puppets I made for my niece in March? Well I finally put together a tutorial so you can make your own dragon!

Dragon Finger Puppet Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Materials:

Felt (Whatever combination you'd like. I used Brown = horns, purple = belly & wings, and yellow = everything else.)
Felt tip pen (The Frixion* erases with heat -- hello, hair dryer!)
Embroidery thread in contrasting colors
All-purpose thread in matching colors
Scissors
Needle
Pins
THE PATTERN

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Step One

Print the pattern and cut out the pieces.

Dragon Finger Puppet Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

You'll need two each of ears and horns and one of every other piece.

Cut along the outlines of the pattern and use the inner lines as guidelines for the embroidery.

 

Step Two

Embroidering time!

Dragon Finger Puppet Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

I drew on the pieces with my pen because I knew it would come off. Although it didn't show up well enough on the purple. So I took a black felt tip pen and drew the lines on the back to follow.

Try your own face if you'd prefer. Less is more on this tiny little head.

On the belly I used a back stitch in pink embroidery thread. And on the head, I used french knots for the eyes and back stitch for the nose and mouth, all in teal. The teeth, in white, might have been satin stitch if it was large enough to see what I was doing.

 

Step Three

Dragon Finger Puppet Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Attach the belly to the front body piece, use a color matching the belly felt and a whip stitch with small top stitches.

 

Step Four

Dragon Finger Puppet Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Attach the head to the front body as well. I laid the front body on the back body and lined up where the head should sit so that it would match the back piece when sewed on.

Use a matching thread color to the head/body and attach again with a whip stitch.

 

Step Five

Dragon Finger Puppet Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Attach the wings to the back body (be sure you attach to the correct side!) with a back stitch. I went over it a few times to make sure it was there securely, using a thread color that matches the wings.

 

Step Six

Dragon Finger Puppet Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Lay down the back piece with the front piece lined up on top of it and then insert the ears and horns. A dab of glue helps to keep it all in place while you're sewing. A pin through the head holds the front and back pieces together.

 

Step Seven

Dragon Finger Puppet Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Sew the back and front together! Use a blanket stitch in the thread color that matches the head/body. Make sure you leave a hole for your finger. I sewed from one edge of the tail around to the other leaving the part where the tail is open. Pull the wings back as you're sewing so you don't accidentally sew them down.

When you're sewing the head together, go carefully over the ears and horns, be sure that you sew them in securely. I did a few stitches over them each. The blanket stitch can get a bit messed up there. I found myself making it up as I went along, with a few whip stitches thrown in just because.

 

Step Eight

Play Time!

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