Monday, June 6, 2011

Finger Puppet Zoo

My little nephew, John, saw me crocheting one day and asked if I could make animals. So I'm going to be several varieties of animals for him for his upcoming birthday. He's going to be 6, or maybe it's 7. They grow so fast.

As you can see, my Zoo has a zebra, a tiger, a lion (I think he looks a little like Groucho Marx), a monkey and a giraffe.

For the zebra and giraffe, I cut extra layers then cut away the spots or stripes before sewing. Tiger's stripes are glued down since I wanted different colors on him.

I wish I'd made the giraffe a little taller, and the Zebra ended up being so small he only fits my pinkie finger. I think he'll be fine for a little boy, though!

These are all done free-hand. I traced around my finger for a basic body pattern, then just fudged it from there. It's mostly done with glue, but sewn around the edges of the body (and across the monkey's mouth).

My next menagerie, which I hope to have done for John's birthday (in July) is a farm: horse, cow, pig, chicken and duck. Or maybe a rooster and a chicken. We'll see. I already have the pig and horse cut out.


  1. Your nephew John is HOW OLD?!?! Seems like he was just born a few months ago! Has it been that long already??? WOW! Where is the time going??? Yeah; actually, he would be around 6 now; he was born just 2 years before Abi....we were just in the process of moving to Duncansville when he was born. I'd love to see a picture of him!

  2. Those are so doggone cute!!! You could sell them! :)
    It's neat you had relatives in's only the 2nd time I've been there. My hubby's company has their North American headquarters up there, so he has to go about once a year. We always have a good time just getting away. No cooking or cleaning works for me any time! :)
    Hope you have a great week...I have to get back outside to my newest project. I'm kind of dreading's 91 degrees here today! yikes!