How about a little hand puppets in your life!! FREE TUTORIAL!!

I was very lucky and had the opportunity to meet & work with the lovely folks at Blend Fabrics!!
And the best part is I get to work with fabric designed by Cori Dantini!!
If you have seen Cori's fabric, I do not know anyone that has not fallen in love with it.  Through her designs Cori has been able to convey a beautiful sense of purpose with her artwork about what life should be like.  It makes me stop and think about if I am doing everything I do @ 100%....all the time.
Needless to say....she is one of my favorite artists!!
And go to here to see her artwork for sale too!
It was not hard to play with this fabric "Little Red", which is due to hit fabric store shelves in January 2016!
Here is the "Red" puppet, isn't she sweet!!
I also made puppets out of the rest of the characters too!!
 Here is Little Red with the rest of the gang, which includes The Wolf, The Woodsman, Grandma, and the Wolf acting like Grandma.  The puppets are actually standing here on the trim that finishes the bottom, but are open so that these really are hand puppets! is what you need to jump into making!

To get started, here is a list of materials that you will need.  Materials needed:

-One Blend fabric panel of Little Red Characters

-Matching fabrics to complement the character, 1/3 Yard per Character

-Muslin. 1/3 Yard for 1-3 characters

-Bosal #326 Sew-in Fleece, 1/3 yard for 1-3 characters

-White Thread
 ****Hint, You could also use this same technique to make potholders, but substitute Bosal#364 Poly Therm Fleece for the #326 Sew-in Fleece.  Use about 5” of a 2” strip to make a hanging loop, which would be ironed just like the 2” trim.  Sew the trim shut with a 1/8” seam allowance, fold in half to form the hang loop & sew the edges into the side seam.

Step one:
The characters come on a fabric panel; the other fabric will be used for the back of the puppet and the bottom finishing trim


Step Two: 
Trace around Little Red (Or any character with a ½” border for the seam allowance & cut out.  As seen here then Little Red is laid out on 2 layers of muslin & 2 layers of fleece, and cut out!
Step Three:
Now Layout just Red, and notice she is laying on the wrong side of the fabric that will become the puppet back.  Pin this and cut out.

Step Four:

Measure the bottom of Red, multiply by 2, and then add 2 inches to determine the length to cut the bottom trim.  Cut the trim out of the backing fabric at the length determined above as a 2” wide strip.  And here is how it will be ironed….

The 2” wide trim will first be ironed in half, then on only one side, the raw edge will be tucked into the center fold, and ironed along the whole length,
then turned around and the other side will then be ironed in also.  One side at a time is ironed to maintain that center fold!  If you have ever sewed with any of my Paradiso Patterns I used this trim for all sorts of finishes, and it is truly easy to make & sew on!!

Final finishing iron on the trim!!

Step 5:

Here are the 3 layers that we need for each side of the puppet.  There is the exterior fabric, the fleece in the middle, and the muslin to sandwich the fleece just like in a quilt.  Pin around the edge to hold the pieces in place so that they will not shift.

If you look closely  here at the rest of the Little Red crew, you can see that all the layers to both sides of the puppets are pinned to keep the layers from slipping!
Step 6: 
In the first picture, here is the muslin side of Red, and the quilting outline of Red is visible.  As you can see in the second picture I free motioned stitched around Red to make her cuteness stand out.  One the back I stitched a big flower that mimics the blue flowers she has in her basket.    

Step 7:

 Sew the front and the back together!!  Pin the front & back together, and sew the sides and top with a 1/4” seam allowance, or even sew with the edge of the pressure foot, and move the needle all the way over for a “fat” 1/8” seam allowance.

**Notice the quilting lines of Red…it is easier to see here!

This is the Woodsman puppet below.  I sewed with the right edge of the pressure foot on the edge of the fabric, and I moved the needle over to have a fat 1/8” seam allowance, which means that there is not a lot of trimming to do.  Stitch on the sides and the top, leaving the bottom open.  Make sure to trim at the points, & clip up to any corners so that the puppet will turn nicely.

Step 8: 

Add the trim to finish!

Find the middle of the trim, and the middles of the front & back of the puppet, and I generally use pins to mark these points.  Match the center fronts of the trim to the puppet and envelope the bottom raw edge with the trim.  I pin the trim on as seen in the picture so that I will not poke myself with the pins.  Pin to just the side seams.

As seen in this picture on the back side I use that center back pin (the pin above), and then mark the center back of the trim on either end of the trim. 
Then I measure 3/8” from that point to allow for a seam allowance, and cut off the extra.
After trimming the excess length, the trim edges are pinned & sewn with a 3/8” seam allowance.
Then the corners are trimmed to eliminate bulk as seen in the picture below!  Fingerfold the seam open, then finish pinning the trim to enclose the bottom edge into place.  

This is where you need to take your time to sew the trim on with a 1/8” seam allowance. 
***Tip: Start in the back, and make sure the front edge is not folded under where it could get caught underneath, sew about an inch at a time, then check & adjust the edge not seen so that it is out and away from this finish stitching!

Here is the whole bunch!!

Wolfie, Grandma, Little Red, The Woodsman & The Wolfie as Grandma!

Have fun with your puppets too!

If you liked the puppets, next will be another free tutorial to take this one step further to make pillows!!  See ya in a few days!!
Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays
With Many Holiday Sewing Hugs,



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