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Wash Cloth Hand Puppets

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Author Precious Patterns
Price $3.99
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These precious wash cloth hand puppets are very easy to make. Instructions are given to make five animals – a giraffe, zebra, hippo, puppy and frog. They can be used for play-time or with soap and water in the bath tub to make washing more fun!

Inexpensive terry wash cloths are needed to make the puppets. All the sample puppets were made from a pack that was purchased at WalMart for under $4. You will also need buttons and thread. If you prefer not to use buttons, you can make yo-yos from bits of leftover terry cloth (instructions are included for making yo-yos). Puppets will fit children or women (you will need to cut wider rectangles for body and mouth to make puppets to fit men).

This PDF e-pattern includes measurements for body/mouth rectangles, full size patterns for animal ears/eyes, and giraffe/frog spots; a materials list; detailed instructions written in English; and clear step-by-step photos.

Materials Needed:
-Wash cloths – wash cloths should be 11 1/2” x 11 1/2” or larger (see below for amount needed for each animal)
-Buttons with two holes – two 1 1/8” white & two 11/16” black for eyes
-Ribbon – two 4” pieces of 7/8” ribbon for giraffe horns, two 3” pieces of 5/8” ribbon for hippo teeth, 3 1/4 yards of 5/8” grosgrain ribbon for zebra stripes & mane
-Sewing thread
-OPTIONAL: #8 white perle cotton – This is a very strong thread that will work well for hand sewing ears, buttons, spots, etc. on puppet bodies.

Wash Cloths Needed For:
GIRAFFE – two for body & ears, one 5 1/2” x 8” rectangle for mouth, scrap piece for spots
ZEBRA – two for body & ears, one 5 1/2” x 8” rectangle for mouth
PUPPY – one for body, one 5 1/2” x 8” rectangle for mouth, scrap pieces for nose & ears
HIPPO – two for body & ears, one 5 1/2” x 8” rectangle for mouth
FROG – two for body and eyes, one 5 1/2” x 8” rectangle for mouth, scrap piece for spots

There are six pages of instructions, one page of patterns and thirty photographs.

*Note: These are downloadable instructions and patterns for making hand puppets. Since it is a download, a window will open to download and when you are signed into your user account at the time of purchase, it will also be located in the "My Library" section of your user account immediately after purchase.

by Schmitt, Linda
on August 1st, 2014

Cute idea and easy to follow instructions. I was going to make a set of these for my grandson as an incentive to washing himself in the tub. However, I must have started with the hardest one to make, the zebra. The stripes are strips of grossgrain ribbon, which work nicely. The only problem is that the instructions did not have you sew the ribbon on or glue them or anything except to sew them in the seam line with the opposite side of the wash cloth. Thus, they were floppy and loose and little hands get caught in them. Since that didn't work out so well, I ended up not doing any of the others.

by Staying Little
on October 9th, 2012

PERFECT baby shower gift!

by Renee M.
on January 5th, 2012

Awesome baby shower gift! Easy pattern!!


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