Monday, January 26, 2015

Groundhog Finger Puppet

In just a week, famous Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil will come out of his hole and forecast the weather. According to tradition, if the groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day--February 2nd--we'll have six more weeks of winter. If not, we'll have an early spring. I made this groundhog finger puppet in honor of Phil's big day. This little guy is guaranteed to predict an early spring because he can't see his shadow--it's hiding on his back.

Groundhog Pattern
To make your own groundhog finger puppet, print the pattern and size it to about 3" tall. Use the pattern to cut one groundhog from brown felt (the front) and one from black felt (the shadow).

Since fabric markers don't work well on felt--especially dark felt--you can make a tissue paper pattern as a guide for the embroidered details. Place a piece of white tissue paper over the groundhog pattern and trace the body outline, facial features, and arms (or are they legs?) with a fine-tip black marker.

Next, pin the tissue pattern onto the brown felt groundhog and then make your embroidery stitches through both the tissue paper and the felt. I used satin stitch for the eyes, nose, and teeth, and light brown back stitch for the arms and to outline the mouth and eyes. When you finish stitching, peel the tissue paper away gently to reveal the embroidered details. If necessary, you can fill in any areas you missed.

To assemble the groundhog finger puppet, pin the front and back pieces together, wrong sides facing, and sew the edges together using dark brown floss and running stitch. Be sure to leave an opening at the bottom so you can slide him onto your finger. Now you're all ready for Groundhog Day. Let's see what the real Phil has to say about the weather.

Embroider details on the front of the puppet.
Hide the shadow in back.

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