Thursday 28 February 2013

Robot Finger Puppets...

I made these felt robot finger puppets for one of the little people in the family, last Christmas and they were very well received. 

I had thought it would be an easy thing to find lots of PDF patterns for robot finger puppets, but I could not find a single one, even though I spent a LOT of time searching. I contacted Dona, from Sewing Miles of Smiles, thinking she'd know where to purchase one. Dona uses a lot of PDF patterns to make felt finger puppets for children in hospital. Dona had never come across a pattern for a robot finger puppet.

That meant I would have to come up with ideas to make my own robot finger puppets. I was, of course making these puppets in a rush, right before Christmas, and I needed inspiration. Off to Google again, but this time broadening my search and I found a fantastic felt robot finger puppet that had been made and sold by Sarah-Louise, from The Puppet Tree, on Etsy. Oh, how I wished this was a PDF pattern and not a finished puppet.

I used Sarah-Louise's robot, as inspiration to make my own. I began with the green and yellow one, bottom left in the photo above. That one is almost the same as Sarah-Louise's  although not nearly as well made. Once I had made the first one, I found it easier to think of different ideas. 

You can see how much of a rush I was in, as I have used the one coloured thread throughout. Maybe that's why the navy and pink one is my favourite, as the thread colour is correct for this one. Oh well, at least you can see how I made them... no explanation necessary.

Luckily I had a few scraps of robot fabric, which enabled me to whip up a treasure bag... just perfect for housing the five puppets.

Before I wrote this post, I contacted Sarah-Louise to see whether she would mind me posting photos of my puppets, especially given that my first puppet is almost the same as hers. Sarah-Louise replied, saying she was more than happy for me to show my photos, as long as it was made obvious that I was not making and selling her original design as my own. 

Thank you, Sarah-Louise  for letting me make my robot finger puppets, inspired by yours and based on your design. The little recipient thanks you, too.

Head on over to Etsy and see the beautiful hand sewn puppets made by The Puppet Tree. There aren't any for sale at the moment, but Sarah-Louise is thinking of making PDF patterns in the future. 

... Pam


  1. The robot finger puppets are so cute! Isn't it funny how you'll have an idea for something and think there must be a pattern or pictures out there by the billions...but then you start searching and can't find it anywhere?

  2. These are so sweet, they would make fab boys party bag fillers too!


  3. I have some extra felt laying around - I'll have to give this a try. I'm following you via GFC. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Fluster Buster

  4. Very cute little puppets, a thoughtful gift. Groetjes, Gerda

    1. Thanks so much. The little recipient loved them.

  5. Domo arrigato ... Mr. Roboto ... *chants* :D Cute lil 'bots!

  6. those are great, Pam! The bag is the icing on the cake. My oldest would love something like this. Lucky for him his birthday is coming up! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. These are fantastic! You could use up some scraps to make these, so many variations possible too. Good job!

  8. So fun, Pam! Love this!Thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  9. I love the robots! My little guy would love them! I'd love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with patterns and templates to share are invited to link up! Check it out

  10. This is so cute Pam! You always have the sweetest projects. Thanks for sharing at A New Creation. I'm going to try some for my kids. My little guy is at the perfect age to laugh and enjoy finger puppets!

  11. Oh, those are so cute! I'm sure any little boy would LOVE them! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up!

  12. What little boy would not love this!! We are starting a link up party on Thursdays (today:), and we would love for you to join us with this post and/or any others you would like to include. We are at Hope to see you there!!

  13. Too cute!!

  14. Your cute robot puppet was featured this week at A New Creation. Thanks!

  15. These look so cute Pam. They nearly look like Ninjas which my son would love. Ninjas/robots he loves them all. LOL Thanks so much for linking up. I'm featuring these at tomorrow's party.

    Anne xx


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