My kitchen has been closed the last week while we lay a new floor. I am beyond excited about this. While I’ve been away from my stove, I’ve been working on Christmas gifts. Each year I make presents for all the kids in the family. For the younger ones, I decided on finger puppet play pillows. This was a labor of love as I totally underestimated how much time it would take to make each one. Especially since I really only had free time while Emme napped. Which wasn’t much this past week. She’s fully embracing the holiday spirit.
What You’ll Need–
felt- various colors
pillow forms- found mine on Joann.com for less than $4 each
yarn- for the hair
string- to attach puppets to the pillow
thread and needle
permanent marker- for the faces
I rough sketched a finger puppet form, castle, crown, dragon (for the boys), dress for the princess, and shirt for the knight. You can find the pdf here- finger puppet. I traced each onto a piece of felt then cut them out. You’ll need two each of the puppet form, dress, and shirt. Once I sewed the puppet forms together, I turned them inside out. The dress and shirt are a little bit bigger than the puppet to make it easier to sew on. I just added a few stitches at the shoulders and under the arms. I originally tried gluing the yarn hair on but wasn’t very successful. So I stitched it on. For the crown, sew the ends together and attach to each puppet head with just a few stitches. I used a quick drying fabric glue to attach the castle to the pillow as well as the string to the puppet and pillow. It survived the yank test after about 4 hours.
Each pillow took roughly an hour and cost approximately $5. I love that it cost so little to make something so fun. I also love that it’s not some commercially packaged present that everyone else will have. These pillows are super versatile and only need a little imagination and time to create. Instead of princesses and dragons, you could make a barn and farm animal finger puppets. Get crafty!