-washcloths or hand towels
-2-3″ of ribbon
-detail fabrics for fins (I used satin for the green fin on the alligator, hot pink spandex for the fish)
-fabric marker or buttons for eyes
-thread/ sewing machine/ pins
**To make these even easier, you could use fleece, felt, or knit for the fins/ arms. The body and mouth of puppet should be washcloths or towels, but you aren’t cleaning with the details so you can use fabrics that won’t fray and dry quickly
The tutorial shows step by step for the alligator puppet. But the patterns for the fish and shark are here too. The steps are the same, just switching arms for fins.
1. Cut out pieces
There are lots of options with the eyes and gills (shark and fish).
The fish was a little fancier and I sewed button eyes and zig-zagged with a short stitch length to make the pink gills.
The alligator and shark I kept it simple by just drawing on the eyes and shark gills with a fabric marker.
3. Make Head Fin
*Fish is more of a curve
Snip the top of the points off, but don’t snip down to the thread
Snip the valleys of the dips straight down, but don’t snip the thread
Turn the fin right side out and press with an iron. It’s done!
*For the fish I used a wave stitch in lime green on the edges to add some detail
4. Make Arm Fins or Legs
Put the legs right sides together. Sew along the marker, leaving the bottom unsewn.
Trim the edges as shown in the left foot.
Using tweezers (I use surgical hemostats) reach in and pinch the end of the foot, and pull it out, turning the feet right-side-out.
You can use the tweezers or a pen with lid on it to push the little toes out
SHARK and FISH FINS
Sew with 1/4″ to 1/8″ seam allowance.
Trim the tip of the point like the alligator head fin
Turn right side out.
5. Pin and Sew Arms to Body
On the right side of the body, pin on the legs, or arm fins according to the pattern.
Sew on the legs/ fins.
I zig-zagged with a shorter length stitch (1) and narrow stitch width (2 to 2.5) back and forth to secure the legs and arm fins to the body
6. Sew the Head Seam and Fin
Pin the head fin to one side of the body
Fold the other straight edge and pin it to the other side.
So you have a sandwich of washcloth, fin, washcloth. The washcloth body is right sides together with the feet folded inside.
Snip the corner of the mouth, but don’t snip thread.