Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Besides being adorable, these little puppets are a snap to make. You could make the whole set of five (or more) in one evening with time to spare.  I think little handmade touches like these really make an Easter basket all the more special. -Molly

Materials

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

To make a set of five (or more!) bunny finger puppets, our Bunny Finger Puppet Kit includes….

  • Eight Wollfilz’s Wool Felt Pieces, 1mm, 8 x 12 inches. We used a Wool Felt Bundle in the color Spring.
  • 3 skeins of DMC’s Embroidery Floss in three colors
  • A pack of embroidery needles
  • A hank of ecru yarn (for pom pom tails)
  • A Bunny Finger Puppets Pattern, including full-size templates (both also available for free, the pattern follows and the free template download is here.)

You will also need:

Cut

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Using the template, cut two bunnies from the white felt and two from one of the bright colors.

Sew

Note: Use three strands of the embroidery floss for all of the sewing and embroidery in this project.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Sandwich all four pieces together with the two white pieces on the outside and the two bright pieces inside.  Pin them together.

Using the cream embroidery floss and starting at a bottom corner sew through all four layers right along the edge with a small running stitch.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Sew in this manner along the first side, stopping at the base of the ear.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Divide the felt into two ears each consisting of two layers of felt (one white and one bright color).  Sew through only the first ear along its edges. Leave the other ear un-sewn for now.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Resume sewing through all four layers of felt once you get back to the head of the bunny as shown above.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Keep sewing in this manner until you get to the bottom edge of the body.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Open up the bottom of the shape so the bright felt is on the inside of the opening.  Sew through only two layers (the white and the bright felt) of the bottom edge of the puppet.  Then continue on sewing along the opposite side through just the other two layers.  This will form the finger opening.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Once you’re done sewing the body, sew the second ear together along the perimeter with a small running stitch.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

The Bunny’s body is now done and ready to be embroidered.

Embroider the Face

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Draw a face on the bunny as shown on the template.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Using the pink embroidery thread and a satin stitch, embroider the nose.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Embroider the eye with a couple of back stitches.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

To make the whiskers, tie a little knot leaving an inch long tail in the cream embroidery floss. Pull the floss though one of the whisker markings.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

On the opposite side wrap the thread once around the needle. Pull the needle through this wrap, forming a small French Knot, and then trim the embroidery thread.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Repeat this for the two other whiskers and trim them so they are all about the same length.

Spray the puppet with water to get rid of the fabric marker markings.

Make the Pom Pom

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Wrap the yarn around two of your fingers several times.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Pull these loops of yarn off of your fingers, and wrap the yarn’s tail tightly around the middle of the loops. Tie a little knot.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Cut the loops to form a pom pom.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Trim the pom pom so it’s fluffy and round.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Using the cream colored embroidery floss, sew the pom pom tail onto the puppet.

Bunny Finger Puppets! | Purl Soho

Repeat these steps to make one little bunny in each of the bright colors and have a Hoppy Easter!