Australian Animal Finger PuppetsEach Friday in January, I’ll be sharing with you some crafts related to #26daysofaussiepicturebooks.
During Week 1, we’ve celebrated some beautiful picture books featuring Australian animals.
These books have inspired some finger puppet action in the Oh Creative Day household.
Australian animal finger puppetsTop left: ABC Dreaming by Warren Brim // Top right: Look and See by Shane Morgan
Bottom left: The Eagle Inside by Jack Manning Bancroft and Bronwyn Bancroft // Bottom right: ABC Dreaming by Warren Brim
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Oh the sweet, sweet irony that my first craft project for 2016 involves sewing.
I was so excited by the prospect of these finger puppets that I forgot a vital fact.
I cannot sew.

Back in my first year of high school, we had a Design and Technology assignment that involved sewing a pair of shorts.
Truth be told, my mum finished those shorts for me. Onya, mum.
To this day, a sewing machine is an instrument of wonder to me.

Being the first week of a New Year, I was filled with optimism and enthusiasm.
Trixi from Coloured Buttons is one of my Insta-Buddies. She is the Queen of Sewing.
I purchased her e-book and away I went.
I steered clear of the sewing machine and embraced my perfectly-imperfect attempts at hand-sewing.

Australian Animal Finger PuppetsHere is what you will need:
Sheets of felt in your preferred colours/ based on the animal you are creating
Needle and thread
Sharp scissors
Fabric marker

Thank you to Spotlight who are supporting my crafty projects during #26daysofaussiepicturebooks.
All of the products used in this project were provided free of charge.
Thank you!

I’m pretty happy with my perfectly-imperfect attempts.
If you’d like a finished product that is a bit more slicker, a bit more professional, then there are plenty of templates you can find online.

My style was to cut out shapes and hope for the best.
(Or the Fly-By-The-Seat-Of-Your-Pants Approach to Sewing, as I like to think of it.)
Felt is a pretty forgiving (and relatively cheap) medium- so I’d definitely advocate the trial-and-error approach.

Australian Animal Finger PuppetsI used the fabric marker to trace around my finger to create 2 pieces or “fingers” as I shall refer to them from hereon.
Make sure you leave a little wiggle room either side of your finger.
Once you sew your two “fingers” together, you lose a little bit of width.
Koala Funger PuppetKoala
1. I then cut out the shapes I needed to build up the front of my finger puppet and sewed them into place.
I started with a white oval for the tummy and some green leaves. I just cut them out freehand (as you can probably tell.)
As I mentioned before, you could always create the shapes using ClipArt or PhotoShop and use them as templates.
Sew these pieces into place on the top grey “finger.”2. Cut out a head and a white circle. I did not sew the white circle onto the head at this point.
3. I stitched some pink to the grey ears. I used black thread to sew the black nose on, securing the white circle onto the grey head at the same time.
4. I used black thread to sew some eyes and a mouth.
5. I then used white thread to sew around the white face, securing the koala’s head onto the top grey “finger.”
6. I placed the second grey “finger” underneath the piece with all the details. I then stitched along the edge to secure the two “fingers” together.
And there you have it. A koala finger puppet!
Cockatoo Finger PuppetCockatoo
This one was super-easy!
1. Measure and cut out your two “fingers.”
2. Cut out a black beak and sew into place. I sewed little Xs to create the eyes.
3. I cut out the yellow crest and sewed it in place behind the top “finger.”
I cut out the wings and stitched that to the back of the back “finger.”
4. Place the “fingers” on top of each other and sew around the edge.
Cassowary Finger PuppetCassowary
1. Cut out two blue “fingers.” I cut some black felt and created a fringed effect. Sew this onto the top “finger.”
2. Cut out a black beak and sew into place.
3. Cut out some red for the wattle and sew down.
4. Create a brown casque and stitch to the back of the top “finger.”
5. I just used a Sharpie to mark in two eyes.
6. Place the “fingers” on top of each other and sew around the edge.
Platypus Finger PuppetPlatypus
This is the perfect finger puppet for the sewing-averse.
Cut out your two “fingers” from brown felt.
Sew together. Then use fabric glue to glue all the embellishments into place.
Too easy!
(Although I don’t think this puppet will last as long as the others with my toddler.
We often call her the “Destructor” as she particularly enjoys “deconstructing” toys.)

How would you describe your sewing skills?
Do you start projects only to realise that you don’t actually possess the skills required by the project?

Tune back in next Friday for another craft related to Aussie picture books.
Have a great week!