YIB Puppet PDF Sewing Pattern


Make your own puppet with a moving mouth and hands.  It’s easier than you think!  These puppets will enchant people of all ages.  The only hard time you’ll have is convincing people you made it yourself!

Make your own hand-and-rod puppet with this PDF sewing pattern.  This pattern does NOT use foam like other hand-and-rod puppets so it goes together fast but gives that same professional puppet look.

Easy-to-Understand Instructions with color photos are included with full-sized pattern pieces in the PDF download.  There’s also a video tutorial showing you each step of making puppets with this pattern.

The Yib puppet pattern works best with thicker fabrics like fleece or faux fur.  See the tools and materials tab for a complete list of supplies.


If you are brand new to making these puppets, you’ll appreciate the video tutorial that goes with THIS pattern, as well as a free video series on puppet making so you can customize your puppet in so many ways.  Video links are provided within the PDF instructions document and are hosted on YouTube.

Tools & Materials


• sewing machine: any sewing machine with a straight stitch will work for this project. Or you may hand stitch if you prefer that method.
• sharp fabric scissors
• Utility scissors for cutting paper pattern, template plastic, and rigid mouth-plate
• hemostats are VERY useful for turning puppet fingers: 10″ large or 6” medium
• fabric marking pen
• long doll needle
• pins or clips to hold fabric together while sewing or gluing


• (Optional) Template plastic (clear report cover, clear thin cutting board, or template
plastic from sewing/office supply OR tear-away stabilizer (sold at fabric stores)
• Fabrics:
• For head/body – ¼ yard of thick non-fray fabrics like fleece, minky or faux fur
• Arms – ¼ yard of fleece is recommended, (fur is more challenging)
• Brain Pillow – one side of very stretchy fabric with Lycra®, the other side can
be any woven or non-stretch fabric. 5” x 7” piece of each fabric
• Mouth-plate: two pieces of 5” x 6” piece of polyester fleece is recommended
• Tongue -2” x 2” scrap of fleece or felt
• Nose – 3” x 3” piece of fleece or stretch fabric
• Hair: scraps of faux fur, yarn, or no hair at all!
• Rigid mouth-plate: 7” x 4” piece of rigid material such as cardboard, mat-board,
foam-core, 1/8” rubber gasket (←my favorite!), piece of plastic storage tub,
plastic placemat, or similar material to make the mouth firm and easy to move.
• sewing machine threads and bobbin to match your chosen fabrics
• strong thread for hand sewing or fabric glue (Fabri-tac® or fabric hot glue)
• plastic safety eyes or other eye options
• (Optional) a pair of 45mm plastic doll joints to attach arms
• One or two puppet arm rods (see video link on page 2)
• poly stuffing or fabric scraps to stuff the brain pillow

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