Hello! This is a step-by-step tutorial to make a Tiny Bunny Finger Puppet! This is what your completed bunny could look like! Awesome book picture by Heather.
Materials needed for one finger puppet:
-ONE FREE TEMPLATE
- ONE 5×4” piece of felt in your color choice
- ONE 2×2.5” piece of white felt
- ONE 5mm black pom pom
- ONE 1/2” white pom pom
- white embroidery thread (I use perle #8)
- black embroidery thread
- sewing machine or hot glue gun
I made all of my bunnies using my sewing machine and hand stitching. However, if you don’t have a machine or are afraid of needles…the whole bunny could be assembled with a hot glue gun.
Step 1 Cut out your pieces!
Download and print the Hoppy Easter Finger Puppet template. Cut out the pattern pieces. Next, pin the pattern pieces to the colored felt and cut 2 bodies and 2 ears. You’ll also cut 2 ears from the white felt.
Attach the black pom pom to the front body piece using black embroidery thread. I did this by making one stitch through the center of the pom pom. You could also attach the nose with a hot glue gun, though it might not be as secure. Next, make your bunny’s eyes. I used my black embroidery thread and made two French knots (one for each eye). Alternately, you could make two small x’s. You will add the whiskers later!
Here’s a French Knot refresher in pictures, but if you’re new to them (these can be tricky) go here: QUICK FRENCH KNOT TUTORIAL
Step 3 Attach the bunny’s tail
Attach the bunny’s tail to the back body piece by making a stitch through the white pom pom with the white embroidery floss. Again, a hot glue gun would also work. But I might not trust it in a baby’s mouth!
Step 4 Make those floppy ears!
Place one white ear on top of one colored ear. Sew the two ear pieces together carefully and slowly with a 1/8” seam allowance—backstitching at each end. Repeat this for the second ear.
*These ears are tiny and can be tricky to sew! I found it helpful once I reached the tip of the ear to put my needle in the down position, lift my foot (see above) and then rotate the ear little by little to maneuver the curve. Make sure to lower your foot again before each stitch! The bottom of the ear gets tucked in side the bunny so don’t get stressed out about that. But if they are really giving you a hard time bust out that glue gun!
Step 5 Make the bunny’s body!
Sandwich the ears between the front and back body pieces WRONG sides together. The whites of the ears should face the front. Wiggle the ears around until you like the positioning, and then pin them in place. This should secure all three pieces (the ear and both body pieces) together.
Next determine how big you’d like the finger opening to be! Will these be for tiny fingers, big fingers, or both? Place the finger (or something similar in size) on the bottom of the bunny and mark on either side of it generously (so the circumference of the finger will fit) with a fabric marker or pins.
Sew the front and back pieces together with a 1/8” seam allowance—starting and stopping where indicated by markings you made around the finger. Make sure to backstitch at each end and take out the pins! You’ll also want to make sure your tail is facing you as you sew. Again, this is intricate sewing, so you could hand stitch it, or use the glue gun. But keep in mind, you can trim off whatever you screw up!
Step 6 Add the whiskers
Cut two 3” pieces of white embroidery floss. Make the first set of whiskers by looping one piece of floss around the bottom of the nose and tying a knot snug against the base of the top of the pom pom. Loop the second piece of floss around the TOP of the nose and knot it snug against the base of the bottom of the pom pom. Trim the whiskers to your desired length!
Your finger puppet is now complete! Don’t forget to share your pictures here!
Enjoy some intimate moments together.
p.s. If you’re looking for something more substantial for your Easter basket the Peek-a-boo Bunny Pattern in my shop is a PDF that I email to you! It’s a super quick project and you could make a bunch in time for Easter!
Hoppy Easter from The Little Tiny!