A few weeks back I was asked if I would like to review some craft supplies for Viking, after oohh-ing and ahhh-ing over their site for a bit I decided that I’d like to have a play with their felt. Felt is one of my favourite craft supplies as it’s so easy to use and is so forgiving if you’re not the greatest at sewing! I love making felt finger puppets and as the colours were so bright and cheery I thought it would be fun to try and make some Minion finger puppets and I’m really pleased with how it worked out!
To make Minion finger puppets you will need:
Felt in yellow, blue and black. I used the ones in this multicoloured pack.
Cotton – I used black, blue and a see through thread.
Card or paper for your template
The first and most important thing is to make a template that will fit around your finger after you’ve finished sewing. I drew a fat finger shape and then cut it out to check the fit. This actually took me a couple of tries to get it right so if your unsure do cut out one for each side and make sure you will still have room for your finger once you’ve finished sewing!
Pin your finger template onto your yellow felt and cut around it. Do this twice so you have a front and a back piece.
Pin the template onto your blue felt and cut around it, this is for their dungarees. Chop a bit off the top and cut out the dungaree shape. I did this freehand but if you’re worried you could always cut your template into the shape you want first and then cut around that.
From your black felt cut out a long thin strip to use for the glasses, a small circle for the logo on their dungarees and two arms and hands. I did originally think of doing the arms as part of the main body but frankly it was a faff and I’m all about trying to keep things as simple as possible! This is what your assembled bits of felt should look like.
Next start sewing on the pieces that will be on the outside of your minion finger puppet, you need to do this before you sew the front and the back together. The order I did mine in was overalls, then black band for glasses, then the black circle. I left cutting the band for the eyes until the whole puppet was complete as I wanted to make sure it was the right length.
The next thing is the mouth, I did this by backstitching using black thread.
Finally use some super glue to stick your googley eyes in place and your minion finger puppet is ready to go. Use one or two eyes depending on what minion you want to make. You are now officially mum of the year.
Although I sewed this myself it might be a suitable sewing project for older kids. On the other hand they might prefer to sew themselves Harry Styles or something, blatantly I’m still just hanging with the preschoolers!
I’m really pleased with how this worked out and of course its a popular craft to make for small kids to play with. The felt was super easy to work with and as the pack I received has so many gorgeous colours in it I know that I’ll be making loads more felty crafts over the next few months!
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Disclaimer: I was sent this felt pack to review for Viking. All opinions remain my own, as of course is the tutorial. You can check out their lovely arts and crafts supplies here.