The Tucson Puppet Lady Puppet Sewing Patterns

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Last updated on Sep 20, 2021

FLAMINGO HAND PUPPET SEWING PATTERN IS ON SALE for half price until the end of September!



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Video summary: This is a condensed version of the actual How to Sew the Person Puppet sewing tutorial. In each tutorial I make the puppet or costume showing every step from laying out of pattern to the finishing details along with tips and tricks to make sewing easier. There is a tutorial for every pattern in my shop.

Unique features of our patterns and how they are developed

To save paper when printing out the pattern, use double sided printing for the instructions. When printing out the pattern pieces, use single side printing. Or you could open the pattern on a laptop and read the instructions as you sew. You would only have to print out the pattern pieces.

We like using fleece to make our puppets because since it is stretchy, it is very forgiving when a minor mistake is made during sewing. It is a great fabric for beginners to work on.

We recommend that a beginner start with the frog pattern. It doesn't have as much detail as some of the others. Though I've had many beginner sewists tell me that they didn't have any trouble making any puppet by following the instructions and/or watching the Youtube video tutorial that is included with each pattern. All tutorials are on my Youtube channel, The Tucson Puppet Lady.

We tried to design the patterns for both beginners and advanced sewers. We've included a ton of pictures in the instructions. We also have links to video tutorials that show me sewing each puppet from start to finish. Everyone has a different way of learning and we've tried to cover them all.

Not everyone likes the big eye look on our patterns. You don't have to use our eyes. I've had good success using the "safety" plastic animal eyes that you can buy at a craft store. I cut off the post and hot glue the eye to felt which I then sew to the puppet. I prefer to sew because I have trouble getting features on straight the first time. I rarely use hot glue because it is permanent.


My business partner and daughter, Laura, and I were looking for animal puppet patterns to make puppets for a puppet show. When we couldn't find any animal puppet patterns available for sale, we decided to create our own. Creating the patterns is a collaborative partnership.

First, we usually decide what animal we want to create. I sit down with paper and pencil and start sketching an animal. Then I stare at it for awhile trying to figure out what shapes the pattern pieces should be to create the animal. It doesn't take long until I have pieces sketched out. I then make a prototype of the puppet. I use fleece for the body of the puppet because fleece is lightweight and stretchy. It is very forgiving if there is a slight error made in sewing. I use felt for the mouth since it is a little firmer than fleece. I also use felt for most of the features.

As I sew the prototype, if I find places that don't quite fit together, I make corrections on my sketched pattern pieces. Then I turn the sketched pieces over to Laura, my master pattern maker. She scans the pieces into Adobe Illustrator. Then she performs the magic of making my lopsided and out of skew pieces into a beautiful professional looking pattern.

I then make another puppet using her pattern to make sure everything still fits together. As I do the sewing, she take pictures of the construction to be used later when she writes the instructions. She also videos me making the puppet from laying out the pattern to sewing on the finishing touches. We edit that into a short tutorial that is uploaded to The Tucson Puppet Lady Youtube channel. We take turns doing the editing.

Once we know that the pattern goes together correctly, she then goes back to Illustrator on the computer and draws and numbers the seam allowances, labels the pieces, puts in center and corner marks along with special instructions. Then she resizes the photos in Photoshop that will be used in the instructions. She imports everything into Adobe Indesign to create the finished pattern and makes everything look so nice and neat and professional.

Since she doesn't sew, she also writes the instructions so that the pattern could be understood by any level of experience of sewer. As an added measure, she also makes a few of the puppets to see how difficult it is to make by someone who has never sewed.

We then read, read and read again the instructions to make sure they are as clear as we can make them. I also have friends make the puppets to double check everything. Sometimes it takes longer to do the proof reading than it does to create the pattern.

Once we feel confident that the pattern is done, she uploads it to our Etsy store.

Needless to say, we now have about 60 puppets floating about the house from all of the prototypes we've made. We take them when we volunteer to do puppet shows for schools and group homes for the developmentally disabled adults.

Happy Puppet Making!

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Last updated on May 19, 2017
Hello and welcome to The Tucson Puppet Lady's Etsy Store where I sell digital PDF patterns for my lightweight fleece puppets created by a puppeteer for puppeteers or budding puppeteers.

NOTICE: We recommend that before you print out the pattern, on your printer, set the "page scaling of pdf print" setting to none.
To save paper, print the instructions on double sides of the paper. Print the pattern pieces on single side. The pattern pieces are always at the end of the instructions to make it easy to find them. If you have a laptop, you can just print out the pattern pieces and read the instructions on the laptop.

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