Friday, September 3, 2010

Old MacDonald Puppet Tutorial and Pattern

EDITED NOTE: A couple of you have reminded me that I didn't show a picture of poor Old MacDonald. MY bad! HERE is where you can find a lovely picture of Mr. Farmer. Thanks for bringing it to my lovely attention.

DRUM ROLL....



Here is it!

I have scanned and downloaded the actual patterns into this post, but I am also posting the link to download them instead. I know sometimes Google documents doesn't work for everyone so I am trying to give you two options. BUT as always, email me if neither work and I will email them to you. 

There are 7 pattern pieces.












Supplies you will need:

Felt in following colors-

tan
brown
white
gray
yellow
blue
cream
black
pink
orange

Coordinating thread

Old MacDonald Patterns

Basic Instructions:

You will cut out each pattern piece in the color of felt depicted in the pictures of the whole set of puppets. I would have both the picture of the front of the puppets and the back of the puppets in front of you as reference.

The hardest part really will be cutting out all of the pieces. Once you have done so, group all the pieces for each animal together. I recommend putting each animal kit in a separate plastic bag.

I will be showing how I sewed the horse, but the same basic instructions apply to all the animals, with just a few variations, which I will specify.

First:

Lay out pieces that go on to the front of the puppet with 1 piece of the hand puppet, and then pieces that go on the back with the back piece of the puppet.



Second:

Prepare all the individual pieces.

-sew the EARS by laying two pieces on top of each other and sewing around the edge. Repeat with the other ear.

-sew all pieces on individually, layering appropriately...ie the white part of the horse's nose goes first and then the brown nose part goes on top.

-sew all the pieces onto the back.

-do not sew the hooves or ears on yet






Third: 

Once all the pieces are sewn on, except the ears and hooves, pin the front and back pieces together right sides facing. Make sure the ear pieces are pinned in place on the inside. With the horse you will also pin the top hairs into place...HORSE HAIRS- take each strip and fold in half to make...folded edge will be pinned on inside. Sew together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.



Fourth:

Turn out. For all the animals but the ones with hooves, you are done.

Fifth:

For animals with hooves...

Sew two pieces of the hooves together, just on the top and side edges.

Place hoof opening over the very top of puppet arm. Pin in place. 

Finish sewing around the bottom edge to secure hoof onto arm.

Repeat for the other arm.






Now you have a set of completely ADORABLE puppets that your little ones will LOVE to play with.



I know this was a VERY basic how-to. I hope that you were able to follow it. Basically making these comes down to some simple steps--

1. Cut out
2. Lay out
3. Sew on all pieces on front and back
4. Sew front and back together
5. Turn out

The only variations were really in the shape of the sheep's head and the chicken and duck arms, both which were labeled in the pattern.

HAVE FUN with this. I would love to see how they turn out for you. 

THANK YOU for giving these OH-SO-Cute puppets so much love.

119 comments:

Clara said...

OK. I am officially astounded. This is store-quality (if not better), and absolutely wonderful. I wish I could tell you I'd do anything with them, but I just don't have enough patience. :)

If I ever try them though, I'll let you know.

culver_m said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I was so excited when you said you were going to post this tutorial and even more excited now that it is here. I have a 6-week old son and 6-month old goddaughter who are both going to LOVE these puppets!! Thanks again!

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

You are so great! These are amazing and so dang cute! Thanks for sharing with us all!

The Basics: said...

So amazaing. I can't wait to do these for my boys

The Leishman Family said...

Thank you!! I am so excited to make these for my little guy, I was wanting to make some hand puppets, but didn't know where to start. THANK YOU!!! I love your blog!!

Tara said...

These are amazing! I'm planning to make some for a little boy's first birthday coming up, so I'll keep you posted!

Tara
www.tarabeingtara.blogspot.com

Des said...

Holy, moly batwoman!! These are awesome and i can't wait to start cranking them out for our humanitarian days!!

Andrea said...

So cute!!! Great pattern!

Michele said...

These are adorable. I can't wait to make them for my girls. They'll make a great Christmas present.

Corey and Jenessa said...

Dear Sister, since I am a boy and I don't sew...feel free to make me some :)

hippymom74 said...

These are just awesome! These would be perfect for my nephews for Christmas. Thanks!

Angie Padilla said...

I do a lot of sewing, yet have never worked with felt. After having seen these puppets, however, I am going to do so immediately! (Ok, will have to wait 'til stores open to go buy some!) My daughter is a teacher, and I am always looking for things to make for her. Guess what she's getting for Christmas this year?

Grandma G said...

These are just the cutest ever! I have already printed all the patterns... to add to my pile of good intentions. :) Thank you for sharing these!!

Heidi said...

YAY!!!! Awesome!!!!

Caitie said...

I love them, so adorable!! My cousin's baby boy will be getting some of these for Christmas! Without wanting to sound ungrateful at all, I would love to see a photo of the front of the farmer!
Thank you!

AllyRJones said...

Seeing these make me so excited! Thank you for sharing this :)
My one year old son was recently diagnosed with Apraxia, a neurological disorder where the brain has a hard time telling his mouth muscles to move to form speech. Right now his speech therapist is trying to help him say animal sounds. I really think this would be a great tool for at home and at therapy. Once again thank you! I can't wait to try and make these :)

Larissa said...

THANK YOU EVERYONE for your sweet words. They make me just about the happiest.

CAITIE- I will get send you a picture asap. It is also in a previous post...I probably should have reference that :).

Amanda said...

OMG these are soooooo cute!! LOVE them!

Michelle said...

Fabulous!! I should show this to the teachers at the preschool I used to work at!

nhorv said...

I can't find the front view of the farmer!! We need to see his face. lol
I am planning to make these for the children at Gilda's Club. Gilda's Club is a place for cancer patients and their families and they have a "Noogieland" just for the kids. I know they will loves these.
Please help with the farmer.
Thanks,
Nancy

nhorv said...

I can't find the front view of the farmer!! We need to see his face. lol
I am planning to make these for the children at Gilda's Club. Gilda's Club is a place for cancer patients and their families and they have a "Noogieland" just for the kids. I know they will loves these.
Please help with the farmer.
Thanks,
Nancy

Jessica said...

Thank you so much for putting up this tutorial. One of my daughter's new favorite books is "Old Macdonald" now she can have hand puppets to play with as well.
Thanks so much again for inspiring me!

Linda said...

Oh my, what utter cuteness! Thank you for this tutorial. I shall be working on printing these patterns and checking my felt stash today. Christmas gifts for my son and daughter will be in the making soon (I hope).

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh WOW! Thank you so, so much for this! It's so cool to think about kids all over the country- or all over the world- playing with your puppets! I love it! Thanks so much, i'll be linking.

mummymoo said...

THESE ARE BRILLIANT!!!!!!!! and then some - Christmas presents sorted for my one year old nephew and my own boys (2 and 4) Thank you so so so much to sharing - you are so kind these are AWESOME !!

Erica said...

Thank you for taking the time to post these! I'm thinking Christmas presents for the preschool teachers!

Kim said...

Wow!
You are amazing! I really appreciate this; I'm definitely going to make them.

Starr said...

LOVE!!! Thank you for sharing. Again, LOVE.

Polly said...

These are so cute!!

Terry said...

Thanks so much for attaching the patterns onto your webpage. I have trouble printing off of google for some reason.

Love these and am hoping to make a set for a Christmas auction.

Lori said...

Oh wow! These are SO cute and well executed.

I keep seeing these pop up on different craft sites (yours I mean, not other variations) and keep meaning to come look at them. I am so glad I did.

And, wow, there's a pattern for them too? Guess what my nieces & friend's kids are getting for Christmas!!

Thanks!

Ashley said...

Okay, silly question I'm sure, but how much felt of each color do we need? Thanks so much for the tutorial! Can't wait to make them!

Erin said...

I love these and want to make them for my daughter! Where did you get your felt and how much did you need? Was it higher quality felt or the 5/$1 at Walmart or Michael's?

Shawnel said...

I love these! Just to let you know, I don't think that the duck's water is on any of the patterns. But that's ok I will make one up. This is so cute can't wait to finish.

Rachel said...

Wow. What a great tutorial. I love the design of all the animals. So cute.

Larissa said...

ERIN, the felt I use is from JoAnn's and is from the bolt. BUT you can also use regular sheets of felt. It does not need to be the expensive wool felt. My opinion is that my little ones are just going to play and play and play so I don't need to use expensive wool felt and cringe every time they play rough!

Hope this helps.

Just Another Day in Paradise

cookyousomenoodles said...

Ok, love, love, love it! So excited to make them today, I've made 3 already. Can't wait for my boys to see it tomorrow morning.

I've blogged about it here: http://cookyousomenoodles.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/farm-animal-puppets/

Thanks so much for sharing Larissa - you are wonderful!

-Mariane

Aimee said...

You are so generous to share your patterns! These are ADORABLE, so I had to feature them here. So cute!

Marilou said...

These puppets are just as cute as they can be! Thank you for taking the time create the instructions and sharing the patterns and photos! I've not sewn anything for quite some time (I'm into papercrafts now) but I'm thinking my grands would get a kick out of these for Christmas! Thank YOU!!

craftedbymama said...

Thank you so much!! I completed a set awhile ago, but just posted them. I love them so much and so do my kids. If you wanted to take a peak check out my blog http://craftedbymama.blogspot.com/2010/11/still-unpacking.html

DustieBottoms said...

OH My Lord, those are fantastic! Definately on my someday list of projects.

Kelsey said...

I can't believe you don't make people pay for these patterns! You could - and should you know. But maybe just wait till I print them first?! Thank you! How generous you are.

june at noon said...

I just blogged my version of these puppets! http://www.juneatnoon.com/2010/11/quack-moo-cockadoodledo/

Thanks for sharing the patterns!

Helena said...

You're amazing!! I started sewing as soon as I found this tutorial. I just posted the four I made and a link to you.

http://familiacorrales.blogspot.com/2010/12/puppets.html

Thanks so much!

Laura Roth said...

I have never sewn with felt before. Do you use a special sewing foot on your machine?

Jen said...

LOVED these! I am including the link to my blog so you can see my rendition if you like. Thanks so much for the great idea!
http://160.7.247.45/whichcraft/?p=15

shantel said...

I think these are so cute! I featured them on my blog:
seemesew.blogspot.com

Mimi said...

Oh! My! Gosh! These are soooooooo sweet! You are amazing and very creative. I can't work the Google Documents properly, but would love if you send me the patterns!!

Life, Crafts and Whatever said...

Love these! I'm going to try and make a circus version! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kat from California said...

These are so cute!!! For my daughter's 1st birthday (she's 13 now) I did a farm birthday. On the invite I wrote 'Ol Devinney's have a farm. eieio and on their farm they had a baby eieio and the baby turned one the baby turned one Now it's time to have birthday fun. O'l Devinney's had a farm eieio. When my family laughed at me I said hey when you have a child weird things happen to you. This was before blogging was popular and SAHMs were doing this fun on our own. :) Thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

Thank you so much for sharing the patterns so generously! Really appreciate that!

Roses - Mama Magic said...

Ok, can someone please baby sit my toddler. I soooo want to get started with these, right away! They are too cute.

April D. said...

I love these patterns and am so happy I found your site. I have purchased many expensive puppets and they always fall apart! These are so cute and if they fall apart from wear and tear they'll be super easy and inexpensive to replace. Thanks so much!

Carmen said...

Awesome Larissa! I've bookmarked your page for future reference. I have a couple of grandkids who might enjoy these!! Thank you!!

stephchows said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I'm loving these patterns and can't wait to make them for my nephew!

sebird1 said...

My son LOVES old McDonald and his 2nd birthday is coming up next month. Now I know what to make for him. Thank you so much!

YoursTruly said...

These are adorable! Thank you so much for the patterns! I just made a set for a birthday gift, and I plan to make another set soon for my son. I included pictures of the set I made here: http://dearestian.blogspot.com/ Thanks again-Super cute idea!

Sarah said...

These are great! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Naomi Hanks said...

I made these for my daughter for Christmas this year and wanted to thank you for taking time to post them. I messed a few of them up, but they still turned out awesome! If you want to see them, check out my blog at http://workyourmommymagic.blogspot.com/2011/11/what-ive-been-doing-while-computer-is.html

trevastreva said...

Our son in law is a Vet, this would be cute in their clinic-for the little ones to play with, while waiting. Thanks

Nathaly said...

tout mignon :) really cute

tuckercoyote said...

Old MacDonald would be so proud!

"It's for fun..." said...

Thanks so much for including patterns and sharing your awesome craft!!! It is greatly appreciated and I'm going to give these to my son on our long plane ride!!! Thanks!

Larissa said...

Thanks "It's for fun". I am glad you like the puppets. Have fun making them!

Chelsea@getyourcraptogether said...

Just wanted to share my Puppets with you. They are so cute and my son loves them. Thank you so much for sharing.

http://getyourcraptogether.blogspot.com/2012/01/farm-animal-puppets.html

Lissa Kadlec said...

These are oh, so cute!!!! They are perfect! I was just doing a search to see if I could find some puppet patterns for my grand daughter who is turning three - I wonder how fast I can make these??? Thank you so much for the pattern!!!
Lissa

Tami said...

Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:
http://funfamilycrafts.com/old-mcdonald-hand-puppets/


If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

peony and co said...

Merci.
C'est un super tuto...
Peony

faux domestic diva said...

Thank you so much for sharing your talent!!

Angelica Bertin said...

GRACIAS INFINITAS GRACIAS por los moldes Somos un grupo de mujeres de Mendoza Argentina que estamos haciendo titeres para donar a los jardines de infantes y estos estas hermosos
besos

Kerry said...

I just wanted to say thank you for sharing these! I am just learning to sew and was able to make these for my son who ADORES them! I posted some photos of him hugging them on my blog at http://venturauponthames.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/farm-animal-hand-puppets/

I just wanted to thank you personally for sharing these; they are wonderful! :)

Larissa said...

Kerry!

I went and checked them out, they are GREAT! Fabulous job.

I tried to leave a comment there telling you about their awesomeness, but it wasn't working.

BUT they are fabulous!

Eliana Pinta e Borda said...

You are so great! These are amazing and so dang cute! Thanks for sharing with us all!

Alicia Arnold said...

I am a first year preschool teacher and I am making my own theater and puppets. I've just started this project and can't wait to see how they turn out! Thank you soooo much for this!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Alicia,

You are so welcome. Have fun!

lambofHisflock said...

I love these! And I am sooo going to make a bunch of them for my Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes! I know the children who receive them will truly be blessed!

klamathocc.blogspot.com

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Lamb of His Flock,

That is wonderful. What an amazing thing to make these for.

Mrs. W said...

They are wonderful. Thank you for all these patterns. I just made them for my daughter's birthday.

Trie.
my-little-projects.blogspot.com

Being Inspired said...

Thanks so much for the patterns and tutorial!! Just finished making my set, only half of them for now but I've a feeling I'll be back to finish the crew!

http://beinginspired-blog.blogspot.ie/2012/08/day-3-barnyard-animal-hand-puppets.html

Thanks again!

ReadingLadi said...

In the process - having lots of fun - making one set for my daughter, one for a friend - don't know how you managed to make those perfect little eyes - but I'm using a hole puncher - they come out in oval shapes still barely attached - just rippin' right off - a little trim of fuzz...and perfect little eyes. Thanks for sharing!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

The eyes practically did me in! Hahaha.

Glad you enjoy!

ReadingLadi said...

I feel that - I had to figure something out! Birthday girl got 'em today - super fun stuff!

Lisa said...

I just found your puppets on pinterest and I am planning on making them for my oldest three kids for Christmas gifts. My oldest child is 8 and still loves playing with puppets with his younger siblings. Thank you so much for including all of the patterns and the tutorial for making them. My kids are going to love them. Thanks again.

Rebekah Johns; Christine Potter said...

you forgot to post red on the list of felt you need (the chicken) :). Also is the pig's belly red or dark pink? Do you have somewhere the amounts of each color of fabric you need?






Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

You are welcome!

Sorry my bad! I don't have the breakdown, because I tend to always have tons of felt on hand. 1/2 yard from the bolt should give you more than enough of each color.

Amanda said...

These are AMAZING and SO CUTE! Thank you so much for the pattern! My daughter's first birthday is fast-approaching and I'd love to make her some of these!

originalmj said...

I am planning to make these for a friend's 2 year old.
I'm pretty new at sewing, but I think I can do it (slowly, but surely).
This is a newbie kind of question, but I'm not as quick at changing bobbins and spools, so I had to ask... Did you change thread color as you went? Just used a neutral thread? Thanks for sharing!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

You can totally do this!

You could definitely leave the bobbin a neutral color like white.

I do change the spool color because I like the look of it, but a neutral color might work.

Have fun!

ReadingLadi said...

Larissa -

I kind of gave up on that and just used a dark bobbin for the darker colors, and a lighter one for the others - if your tension is right, it won't show. This does take a long time - it's not a hard project, but a very time consuming one - lots of tiny cutting. what I did was cut out a bunch of them and worked them kind of factory style - did all the brown peices, then all the pink pieces, then all the yellow, etc...just make sure you lay them all out first to make sure you layer them right. Hope that helps and good luck!

Juju Bag Lady said...

These are AWESOME and I am going to make them right away. I would love it if you would post a picture of the front of the farmer, but I can make it without it!

Heather Hoagland said...

These are so adorable! Thank you for sharing!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Juju,

There is a link at the top of the post to a picture of Mr. Farmer!

Glad you guys are enjoying the patterns.

Dona Reynolds said...

I sew primarily for the kids in the hospital and these will be awesome for them. Thank you!

Dona
sewingmilesofsmiles.blogspot.com

Liz Szilagyi said...

Thank you so much for sharing these patterns. You are kind and inspiring. Really, I have no sewing skills, but once I saw these I bought a machine and signe up for a sewing class at our local Tech College. This is the project I'm choosing for class.

On that note, am I missing something or is there no pattern for the water around the duck's bottom half? It is totally fine if you don't have a pattern for that, I'm not trying to sound naggy/needy. I'm just trying to make sure I do this right! I'm sure I can get an A without any water. And who knows, maybe I can even free hand it!

Thanks again for inspiring me to develop new talents!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Liz, I am so excited for you and hope that this project goes well for you and that you love sewing.

You are right, I somehow omitted the water on the duck. I am sure it will look great without it, or you are right you can just free hand it.

I would love to see pictures when you are done.

ஐ Mobizu ஐ said...

rhstar 44grazie 100- adoro i puppet

Thank you very much .
I love puppet
Miao
Mobizu

attentiaigatti.blogspot.com

Miffy (@sewsarahsews) said...

Just wanted to say thank you for sharing this tutorial... found the link via pinterest and decided to give it a go... although time-consuming, it's not at all difficult and INSANELY thoroughly enjoyed the process... plus my 3yo adores them... many happy hours ahead! Tx again :-)
Sarah

Me said...

Thank you for the tutorial! I'm working my way through now as a beginning sewer (oooh, that doesn't look right ... seamstress I suppose!)

One thing I'm struggling with: For the chicken and the duck, they each have something on top of their heads that needs to be sewn to the body, poke up the top and out front. I can't quite figure out how to do that. Can you give me any tips?

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Me,

When you pin the two puppet pieces together to sew them together, just make sure to tuck in those "sticking out" pieces away from where you will sew the seam.

Does that make sense?

Let me know if that helps.

kim keller said...

Thank you so much for sharing!

Me said...

Yes it does! Thanks for the help.

FeifeiCraft said...

thank you for ur tutorial...it's usefull for me for the beginner

Caleb and Linsy Holyoak said...

This set of puppets are adorable! I have completed the horse, dog, cat, 2 chicks, and duck. My daughter keeps reminding me i have the other ones to finish. :) You are so creative to have made these patterns up, and thank you for your willingness to share them!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Linsy,

You are SO welcome! I am so glad that your daughter likes them.

Ken Baker said...

Great puppet ideas! But why not add a dragon puppet? Everyone knows Old MacDonald had a dragon too. http://www.kenbakerbooks.com/farmdragon.htm

Denise Davis said...

Larissa I can see the patterns fine but when I go to print them they will only print on 1/4 of the paper I have tried and tried to make bigger. Can you please help me to fit so I can make these great puppets? Thank You, Denise

good@work said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial and pattern! It was a real labour of love (no sewing machine) but the puppets turned out great. My 8 month old is already enjoying them.

You can see my puppets here:
http://cupofrooibos.blogspot.com/2013/06/felt-old-mcdonald-animal-puppets.html

Natalie

Alicia Brown said...

Hi! I love all the great ideas on your blog! Thank you so much for sharing!

I linked back here in a post I did on a round-up of cute finger puppet patterns and I plan to make a whole set for my daughter.

http://www.feltwithlovedesigns.com/2013/07/21/links-with-love-free-finger-puppet-patterns/

Laura Backaus said...

I absolutely love these puppets! Money is really tight right now for us and my little man is turning 2. He loves to sing old macdonald and these will be a great birthday present. Especially since I didn't think we were going to be able to get him anything at all. Thank you so much!!

Boston_red said...

These are adorable - I'm planning to make them as holiday gifts for my little nieces and nephew. I have a question that may be obvious, but how big are these? If the sheet of felt is about 9x12, can you fit the front and back on one sheet? It seems that using one sheet each for the front and back would be too big. Thanks for your help!

Boston_red said...

Hi There - these are so cute and I can't wait to make them for my nieces and nephew for the holidays. How big are the puppets? Does the front and back fit on one sheet of felt? Seems like using one sheet each for the front and back would be too big. Thanks for your help!

Michele Kent said...

These are great. I actually made a set of nativity puppets (Mary holding baby Jesus, Joseph, a Shepherd, and two Angels) for my church and they loved them so much they asked for 2 more sets for all their Sunday preschool classes(2's room, 3's room and 4's room). Wish I could upload a picture of them.
Thanks for the Pattern and Tutorial!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

The pattern does not fit both sides on one piece of felt. Buying felt by the yard is a better deal too, then you don't have to worry about it.

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Michele, those sound adorable!

sarah alwahidi said...

hello my name is sarah iam a mother to be and i realy fel in love with these hand puppets and im going to make them for my baby ,, thhhhhank you so much ..

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

So glad you like them!

Adeline Maria said...

Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog while looking for some cute puppets to buy for my 4 month old daughter. Do you sell these, by any chance? :) PLEASE tell me you do!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Thanks so much for the pattern! I loved them I have made them and the post will go live later today.

Molly Howard said...

Enjoyed making these puppets for my niece. I made some changes, but really appreciated the inspiration and jumping off point! http://www.blog.oldcapitolfarm.com/?p=994

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