These felted finger puppets are sure to entertain little children of all ages.
Tools and Materials
Bowl filled with hot, soapy water (4 tablespoons of dye-free liquid dishwashing detergent to 6 cups of water)
Bowl filled with cool water
Finger puppet template
Felted Finger Puppets How-To
1. Wrap fleece in layers around finger. Use the index finger on the hand you don't write with. The wool should be snug but not tight. Add wool until you can't feel your knuckles through it. (The soft wool should be about 1/8-inch thick when pressed.)
2. Dip your wool-wrapped finger into hot, soapy water, and press with the fingertips of your other hand; dip and squeeze until the fibers seem to hold together.
3. Rinse in cool water when done; let dry.
4. Ears, wings, and similar pieces can be cut from store-bought felt; use the finger puppet template, enlarging or reducing them if necessary. You may need a lot of glue to make these features stick, since felt is absorbent.
Fleece is available at halcyonyarn.com and peacefleece.com. The rainbow felting pack (21 colors) at Peace Fleece is $13 for 6 ounces -- enough to make a whole slew of puppets.