Puppets for bathtime! Take your older washcloths that are still usable and make them into something great! So far the favorite seems to be the shark. I was trying to figure out a crab, but I think it would need to be more of a glove than the mitten puppet.
-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
**when you print your pattern be sure to change the print settings for your printer in Page Scalings to None, or to print Borderless.
Your printer may also let you know the page is beyond the printing range, click print anyway.
The bodies of the shark and alligator puppets should be the entire width of the 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper when printed out. If they aren't when you print, the pattern will still be to scale, the puppets will just be a little smaller.**
If this PDF file printing seems confusing, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email the pattern in a Microsoft word document that you can just print that way. Please put "washcloth puppet pattern" as the subject of your email.
1. Cut out pieces
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.
***At this point if you are using the fleece/ felt/ knit legs and fins, you can skip to step 5***
3. Make Head Fin
Starting with the head fin, put the 2 pieces right side together.
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
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
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
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.