Because essentially that is exactly what it is - a sock with arms. The Glorified Sock Puppet Pattern will take you back to the basics of puppet building and enable you to make a simple hand puppet that fits like a But don't let the simplicity fool you. Though relatively easy to construct, a basic sock puppet can provide quite a challenge in puppeteering.
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The Glorified Sock Puppet Pattern? Because essentially that is exactly what it is a sock with arms. The Glorified Sock Puppet Pattern will take you back to the basics of puppet building and enable you to make a simple hand puppet that fits like a But don't let the simplicity fool you. Though relatively easy to construct, a basic sock puppet can provide quite a challenge in puppeteering. It has the ability to capture a tremendous range of emotion and can be a real challenge for any puppeteer's skills.
In fact, you will often find that puppeteering a basic sock puppet takes relatively more skill and more practice. With that having been said, lets begin! Prepare the Pattern Print and cut the pattern pieces for these instructions. If you are planning to machine sew your puppet, include the additional portions of the patterns outlined by the dashed lines.
We suggest rough cutting the individual pattern pieces out, gluing them to posterboard or another stiff material, and then carefully trimming around the edges of each piece.
Preparing your pattern in this way will facilitate many uses in the years to come. Follow the instructions on the actual pattern pieces. Dont forget to mark the centerline on both the Front and Back Body Patterns. Carefully cut all the pattern pieces mentioned above along the traced lines. Cut four 5 X 12 rectangles from the fabric, preferably with the grain running lengthwise. We will use these pieces for the arm and hands of the puppet. Polyfoam Lay the polyfoam flat.
Position and trace the Foam Mouthplate Pattern onto the material. Cut out the foam mouthplate with an X-Acto knife. Felt Position and trace the Felt Mouthplate Pattern on your felt piece. Mark the two center points and cut with scissors. Posterboard or Stiffened Felt Position and trace the Mouthplate Pattern on the posterboard or stiffened felt.
Again, mark the center points and cut two pieces from the posterboard or stiffened felt. Using a simple whipstitch, sew in the felt mouthplate by hand. Line up the center points that you marked on the felt previously with the top head seam Seam 2 and the lower jaw seam Seam3.
Pin the felt in place and stitch. The Body Sew Seam 4 and Seam 5, attaching the front body piece to the back body piece. You may also, at this point, put in a simple hem around the bottom edge of the body for a finished look. Now well sew the head to the body. First, turn the head right side out. The body should remain inside out. Place the head face down into the opening at the top of the body The Neck Hole.
Line up the heads lower jaw seam Seam 3 with the center point marked on the front body piece. Line the top head seam Seam 2 with the center point marked on the back body piece. Pin in place and whipstitch the head to the body. The sock is complete! Copyright Project Puppet. All Rights Reserved. Use fabric glue or hot glue to glue the two mouthplate pieces, cut from the stiffened felt or posterboard, in position.
Use the white dashed lines found on the Foam Mouthplate Pattern as a guide. With the sock the head and body turned inside out, glue the felt mouthplate directly onto the two mouthplate pieces fixed to the foam. Make sure the top head seam Seam 2 is toward the top of the mouthplate, the part with the extra foam. Turn the sock right side out. With the mouthplate installed this will be a little more difficult than before.
Just bend the mouthplate any way you can to turn the puppet right side out. You want the mouthplate to be flexible, so a little twisting and bending wont hurt at all. Take two of the 5 X 12 pieces of fabric and lay one on top of the other with the right sides together.
Trace the Arm Pattern on the top piece. Now trim away the excess fabric. Carefully cut around the stitching of the arm and between the fingers. Then turn the arm and hand right side out. At this point you may choose to stuff the arm and hand with the polyester fiberfill. To ensure the puppets joints move correctly, stuff the arms and hands in sections.
Stuff each finger separately, then the palm, the lower arm, and the upper arm, leaving the wrist and elbow with little or no stuffing. The arm will naturally bend where there is no fiberfill. Repeat the above steps to complete the other arm and hand. Position both arms on the body of the puppet and pin in place. As a general rule you may place the puppets arms centered on Seam 4 and Seam 5 of the body and about inch down from the neck seam. Of course, if the character calls for a different positioning of the arms feel free to experiment.
Stitch the top of the arms to the body using a simple whipstitch. Thats it! We usually use some polyester fiberfill to round the top of the head a bit. You can do so if you wish. Now its time to add your characters features! Character Features Adding Features to Your Character There are so many possibilities when it comes to character features, we cant even begin to think of everything that might work. We strongly suggest referring to your original character sketches or character ideas.
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The Body Sew Seam 4 and Seam 5, attaching the front body piece to the back body piece. The Mouthplate Lay the foam mouthplate piece flat.
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The Glorified Sock Puppet
The Glorified Sock Puppet Pattern? Because essentially that is exactly what it is a sock with arms. The Glorified Sock Puppet Pattern will take you back to the basics of puppet building and enable you to make a simple hand puppet that fits like a But don't let the simplicity fool you.
The Glorified Sock Puppet Pattern