How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Making a professional, fleece and foam Muppet-style puppet is easier than you think. In this tutorial you will learn how to make a puppet with easily sourced materials. We use this puppet in our series, Superusers: The Legendary GNU/Linux Show. His name is Aramis and he teaches Linux.

Tools & Materials   How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Tools you will need:

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Materials you will need:

  • blue fleece, 1/2 yd.
  • white fleece, 1/2 yd.
  • grey fleece, 1/2 yd.
  • 1/2” foam sheeting, 1/2 yd.
  • 3/4 or 1″ foam sheeting, 12″ square
  • red felt, 1 sheet
  • white stiffened felt, 1 sheet
  • white foam, 1 sheet
  • blue thread
  • buttons, 2
  • fabric dye (optional)
  • yarn (optional)
  • wire (optional)

Cutting and Assembling the Pattern

Let’s begin by tracing and cutting the head pattern. I recommend tracing on the “back” side of your fabric. Not all fleece is created equally. If one side is more textured and ‘fleecy’, this is the right side, which is the side you want facing out after assembling your puppet. Trace on the flat, or wrong side. This will also hide all of your tracing lines inside the puppet after sewing. You don’t have to use a marker. Chalk or pencil work fine, too. But if you do use a marker, be sure to get a lot of ink on your fingers like I did.

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Start with the head pattern, cutting the separate pieces and joining them with tape.

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Cut the separate pieces for both the Chest and Back patterns and join them with tape.

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Cut the remaining pattern pieces.

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Tracing the Pattern & Cutting the Materials

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Let’s begin by tracing the pattern on the white fleece.

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

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How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Trace the ear pattern face up, then flip it over to mirror the tracing.

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

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Now move on to the blue fleece, starting with the back pattern and being mindful of matching the grain to the chest piece.

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Trace the nostril pattern face up, then flip it over to mirror it.

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Again, trace the ear pattern face up, then flip it over to mirror.

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

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Trace the head pattern face up, then flip it over to mirror the opposite side.

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

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Now trace and cut the Arm pattern on the grey fleece.

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How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Next, trace and cut the mouth piece from the red felt.

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Now trace and cut the mouth plate patterns on the stiffened felt.

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Trace and cut the mouth pattern from the foam.  How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

The last step is to trace and cut the horns from the thicker, white foam.

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How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu

Part 2 of our tutorial will demonstrate how to sew and assemble your gnu puppet.

About the Author

How to Make a Puppet: Pattern & Materials for a Gnu was posted by on . Jared is one half of the creative force behind Dototot. In addition to writing scripts and tutorials, he draws and animates both the digital and the analog.

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