Saturday, January 12, 2013

Movable Mouth Puppets Tutorial

Do you remember watching Sesame Street as a kid and wishing you had a puppet like that to play with?  Or is it just me?  I used to make paper bag puppets and sock puppets to play with.  I even tried to make a marionette using a ruler, string, and aluminum foil.  Needless to say, it didn't work very well.

My dad always tells me that I never grew up.  Perhaps he's right.  To fulfill my movable mouth puppet dream, I went to YouTube determined to find a way to make a puppet of my own.  At the bottom of this post are the videos I watched to make my puppets.  If you have limited sewing skills (like yours truly) you can do this.  I was very pleased with the results.

Here is the first puppet I made.  I named him Bob.  He was my trial pattern.  After some tweaking I came up with these:

My daughter named all of the puppets.  These puppets are Witch Matilda and Prince Rich.

This is Princess Rosie.  She is Princess' favorite puppet of course.

Mr. Hoppity.

This is a pirate I made a little boy for his birthday.

I made the puppets big so that I can play with them too.  (What can I say?  I made them as much for me as for my kids.)

Here is Wizard Zeke.  I had so much fun making the puppets.  Princess played with the puppets for hours--days even!  For some reason, puppets never seem to get old.  Check out the videos and make your own.  Let me know how it goes.

I hope that helps all of you creative people.  Have fun.

Other fun things for kids:
Native American Sand Art
Where's Waldo Cardboard Box Tunnel


  1. Valla tenemos la misma motivación..., soñaba con un títere como los de plaza sésamo; hice lo mismo que usted me fui a la red he tenido buenos resultados y !! hasta he vendido algunos ya !!, lastima que no le pueda mostrar mis trabajos no soy muy diestro con esto de pc, pero las palabras ilustran muy bien su esmero y dedicación, espero que otros también se animen...... "GRACIAS ".

  2. Your puppets are wonderful. What material did you use? I am having difficulty finding fleece and felt where I live (Thailand).

    1. I used a non-pill fleece I found at the local fabric store. Try some online fabric stores like Joann's. Make sure it's non-pill fleece though. That helps with the stretch. Good luck!