Making your own python puppet is easy. Just follow these 66 simple steps and you’ll soon be entertaining and delighting audiences.

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)
    green thread
    fabric glue or other very strong adhesive
    sewing machine (or a needle and the patience to stitch it by hand)
    sewing pins
    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.

Step 1: Tracing the Back Pattern

Now you’re going to trace the pattern. If you want yours to look like ours, it’s important to trace the correct colors. The only piece that is yellow is the Chest Pattern. The only piece that is black is the Mouth Pattern. Everything else is green. But don’t let me discourage you from striking out on your own. Your python can be any color you want. In fact, our prototypes for this puppet were all blue because I thought the blue fleece at the fabric store was really pretty. Make a pink python, send me a pic, and we’ll post it on the site. Promise.

Let’s start with the Back Pattern. Trace the pieces on your fleece. I recommend tracing on the “back” side of your fabric. Not all fleece is made the same, so you may not have a difference between sides. But if one side is more textured and fleecey, trace on the other, flatter side. That way all of your tracing lines will be hidden inside the puppet when you sew it. You don’t have to use a marker. Chalk or pencil work fine, too. But if you do use a marker, be sure to get a lot of ink on your fingers like I did.

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Oh my gosh that's cute! I love how you did the belly, it really adds to the overall look of it :) You should enter this into the <a href="http://www.instructables.com/contest/holidaygifts2012">Holiday Gifts Contest</a>!
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Good job!
Nicely done. Great first puppet project. <br> <br>One tip I would suggest for the eyes is to make them very slightly cross eyed, it makes them directional, so your audience can tell where it's looking. Take a look at some Muppets and you'll see what I mean.
Thanks! I'll try that on the next one. These eyes are more or less fixed.
In python you can also do this with the statement &quot;import puppet&quot;.
Yeah! That's a great library.
Cool puppet. Thanks for including a pattern!

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