In this tutorial we will bring you back in time to make a Purple Pioneer Puppet. To start off Here are some things you will need:
-A puppet head and body pattern, I used this great free pattern, http://bashfulpuppet.blogspot.com/2008/07/head-pattern.html. You could also buy a pattern off of Project puppet.com.
-1/2" poly-urethane foam (get at fabric or craft stores, usually comes in green)
-Fleece your choice in color or white antron fleece if you are planning to dye (I bought antron fleece, which is a higher grade of fleece, I buy my antron fleece from Out of the Box Puppets.com)
-RIT DYE, I dyed my fabric the 538 color http://www.ritdye.com/colorit_color_formula_guide
-Fish filter tubing
-Doll wig or hair extensions
-Plastic craft eyes (I buy mine from Out of the Box Puppets)
-1" Styrofoam ball
-Baby cloths or Make your own cloths
Let's get started!
Step 1: The Skull
First I cut out the foam skull pattern out of my 1/2" foam and then glue it together using contact cement. (When gluing contact cement apply very small amounts and let dry till tacky then stick together)
Step 2: Mouth Plate
Make the mouth plate by, cutting 2-half circles out of foam board and then taping them together with a 1/4" gap in between using duct tape. Once that's done on both sides glue red fleece on with some contact cement. Now glue the edges of the mouth plate to the mouth opening of the skull.
Step 3: Cutting and sewing the skin
Now we have the skull we need the skin. Below is the puppet head pattern *Add 1" seam allowance to pattern before sewing* The body is made from the Project puppet alternate body puppet pattern http://www.projectpuppet.com/servlet/-strse-19/Simple-Series-Alternate-Body/Detail. I hand sewed everything. You can machine sew if you would like though.
Step 4: The BODY
Here is the completed body of the puppet. I followed the instructions on the pattern I bought.
Step 5: Head to Body
I then sewed the head onto the body.