Our puppets name is Guido. You can see him in action at http://www.thehelloworldprogram.com.
Here’s what you’ll need:
green fleece, ½ yd. (if your fabric store will cut less than a yard, get ½; otherwise make more puppets with the excess!)
yellow fleece, 1 ft.
black fleece, 1 ft.
1/2” foam sheeting, ½ yd.
red felt, 1 sheet
stiffened white felt, 1 sheet
black felt, 1 sheet
ping pong balls, 2 (or more if you’re prone to accidents)
fabric glue or other very strong adhesive
sewing machine (or a needle and the patience to stitch it by hand)
marker or tracing chalk
Velcro, small piece
I recommend reading through the instructions first because you might decide you want to do things differently.
On to the instructions:
First, download and print the patterns. There are two versions. One is formatted for good ol’ 8.5×11” letter size, the other is ledger, or 11×17”. For those of you with a big printer, we offer the ledger size as the pattern is slightly larger than a standard sheet of of paper. If you can’t print that big, don’t worry about it. Your printer is probably going to crop the pattern in a few spots but it’s no big deal to draw in the missing lines. Alternatively, you could take the files to a copy shop and get them printed on ledger for pennies.
You can download the patterns here.
The standard format:
The 11×17 format:
Cut the pattern out along the heavy black edges. Some of the pieces need to be joined together to make bigger pieces. For example, “Back Pattern #1” needs to be joined to “Back Pattern #2”. The pieces clearly state which edges need to be joined together. You’ll figure it out. You can tape the pieces together or, if you’re wild and crazy like us, you can just set them on the fabric next to one another for tracing.