Hello! It’s Martha, from The Art In Martha, and I’m excited to be back for the day to share my Build-a-Monster Felt Puppets with you!
Supplies you’ll need to create this project:
- Hard felt in several different colors (I used 5 colors of the hard felt from Camelot Fabrics. It comes in 12 x 12 sheets which is perfect for working with my CAMEO!)
- Flocked heat transfer material
- Fabric Blade
- Adhesive velcro (the hooked side)
To get started, open the monster designs in Silhouette studio.
- Select all of the monster bodies and resize them so that the width of the most narrow body (the green oval monster shown below) is approximately 4″. This is a good width to fit a young child’s hand.
You will notice that each monster body will vary in width and height. That is ok.
- Open the monster eyes, noses, mouths, hair, horns, arms and legs in Silhouette Studio.
- Select all of those pieces and resize them so that they are proportionate to the bodies.
- Make extra copies of various pieces to give the child a lot of options.
- Using the fill color window, fill in each group of shapes with color to keep the project organized on your screen.
- I set my blade to a depth of 9, speed of 2, and thickness of 33. (You may want to experiment with your settings and use the test cut feature to find the settings that work best for you.)
- Once you’ve got the best cut settings, add a new ‘user defined’ cut style to save those settings for a future felt project (see photo below)
- Be sure to use a new fabric blade, and cut out all of the pieces.
Once all of the pieces are cut:
- Add adhesive velcro to the back of the body parts, except for the hair. I placed velcro on the front of the hair pieces so they could easily be attached to the back side of the puppet.
- Either use a sewing machine, or hand sew a blanket stitch around the edges of each monster. (If you have never tried a blanket stitch before, give it a try! It’s really simple, and because the stitches are far apart, it doesn’t even take very long to stitch. This was my first time trying it and I was really pleased with how it turned out.)
- The needle may be hard to pull through at times, so you can use a small piece of rubber (like the drawer/shelf liner) to help grip the needle.
- As you are stitching, remember to keep an opening at the bottom of the puppet.
For the tiny details like the blacks of the eyes, the white teeth and nostrils I used flocked heat transfer material which worked perfectly with the texture of the felt. It also gives the project a professional look.
Now the project is complete and ready for many hours of imaginative play!
Have a wonderful day, and thank you for checking out my post!