I LOVE puppets. I always have. But if you want to get a COOL puppet, you have to spend $30-$40. Me? Well I'm the queen of cheap. I can't spend $40 on a toy for me, cause I kind of like it. So I had an idea. How about I convert a stuffed animal into a puppet! And guess what, I just so happen to HAVE a stuffed animal up in my Mom's attic that would work PERFECTLY. Nice dangley arms that I could attach a rod to.
So First acquire a stuffed animal with good puppet qualities. Size matters. My frogs mouth is not very deep, so it's not as easy for an adult to move the mouth. So anyway, here's my frog:
Cute huh. Get your seam ripper, and rip out the mouth seam
Now take your seam ripper to the bottom seem. I forgot to take a pic of this step, but I was lucky, the frog had a seam going right up the middle. Made it easy. Now take out enough stuffing to put your hand through.
Next step is to make the sleeve that will go up inside as well as the mouth, so measure the length you will need to go up the center, curve over your hand and attach to the mouth. I needed about 17 inches.
Curve the top of the sleeve to fit the mouth piece.
Next pin and sew.
Now that you have the mouth in place you might have to take out some more stuffing to get it right. Once you get it how you like it sew up the bottom the same way you did the mouth.
Fabric-$3 (found a ton of black fleece at the thrift store, and the sleeve only took a scrap of that)