It’s easy to make boy and girl puppets using the Yab pattern with readily available materials.
The Yab puppet pattern is so versatile you can make monsters, humans, or something in-between.
Both puppets use beige fleece for their “skin,” with shag faux fur glued on for hair and simple shirts.
Read on for all the materials used!
Tools & Materials
|Tools Used||Materials Needed|
|Any sized embroidery machine||head/body & arms- beige anti-pill fleece|
|Hemostats for turning small parts and for stuffing||Mouth – black fleece; Eyes – white stretch knit fabric|
|sharp fabric scissors||Tongues – pink scuba knit|
noses – stretch knits using oval (blue) and round (pink) nose patterns from Yab puppet design
eyelids on girl – beige fleece
|small embroidery or applique scissors||any pink stretch fabric and Fiberfill for the “brain” pillow (the boy is holding one)|
|doll needle for hand sewing OR fabric glue||Dollar Tree foam hair curlers to “stuff” the arms|
|(optional) wire cutters and pliers if adding wire armature||armature wire for hands|
|(optional) plastic balloon stake for arm rod with a rubber band and tape (found at Dollar Tree)|
|faux fur for hair, pink DollarTree hair barrettes for girl, |
fabric scraps or thrifted clothing to make their clothes
- (optional) Create arm rods by taping a rubber band at the top of a plastic balloon rod. Then put the rubber band around the puppet’s wrist for a cheap & easy puppet arm rod. Check out the Video for puppet arms in the Doll & Puppet Video series for more ideas.
- Cut a piece of faux fur to cover the top of the head. Glue or stitch a 1/4″ hem all around the piece of fur so the raw edges won’t show. It’s best if you put in the brain pillow and rest the puppet over a bottle or something to use as a “stand” while you position and attach the wig. Then hand-stitch or glue the fur where you want it. Style the wig as you like.
- For clothes on the Boy – A t-shirt was fashioned using the puppet body for a pattern with some sleeves added. Then the neckline and sleeves were turned under and glued for a cheater hem.
- Clothes for the girl – A ruffled tank top from the thrift store was used to create a tube (the back seam was stitched on the sewing machine) then just pinch the tube together at the shoulders and glue or hand stitch them together. This is a quick and easy method for creating a tank dress for a doll or puppet with non-fraying fabrics like stretch knits.
- And that’s it! Stitch up a whole puppet show full of characters with the Yab pattern and be sure to share all your wonderful puppets over at the Ballyhoo Inspiration & Support Facebook group. Show us what you make!