Peek – a – Boo Bill – Felt Pop Up Groundhog Puppet Tutorial

30 Jan

Peek a Boo Bill - Felt groundhogs day puppet tutorial with<br /><br />shadow finger puppet.

The celebration of Groundhog’s Day is
based on the legend that a groundhog will leave his of his burrow
after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.

Peek a Boo Bill puppet Felt Tutorial

If he sees it, he regards it as an
omen of six more weeks of chilly winter weather and returns to his
hole.  But if he doesn’t he stays out and unpacks his
shorts…or something like that.

Peek a boo Bill - Felt Groundhog Puppet tutorial from American<br /><br /><br />Felt and Craft

I named him Bill after Bill Murray
star of Groundhogs day and a super hilarious guy. Make your
own felt groundhog  and shadow puppets and help your little
one welcome spring with a laugh.

You will

5″ x 8″ Groundhog Brown Felt –
* 2″ x 3″ Dark brown Felt for Groundhog belly and
hair – Chocolate* Tiny scrap of White Felt for teeth and Black Felt for nose. 9″ x 12″ Green
Felt for hill – Fresh Cut Grass * 4″ x 4″ Light brown
Felt for soil – Hot Chocolate* 4″ x 6″ scrap grey felt
for shadow – Grey Flannel * * Matching thread. 12
inch dowel and dowel cap Sturdy Paper Party Cup (Plastic will snap
and could create sharp edges) Hot Glue & Glue Gun Black
embroidery thread Felt Glue (Optional) This project was
posted on our Instagram feed live as it was being
made – some parts have since been refined and so some steps will be
shown as sketches of the better way to do something. (Read: I
screwed some stuff up but I fixed it so you won’t)
Smoosh cup to measure
Before you start cutting
and sewing measure the same size cup you will be using against this
pattern to make sure the pattern will match up – adjust as needed.
ground puppet tutorial step 1 cut
Cut: 2 Groundhog bodies from lighter
brown felt 1 Belly and 1 hair piece from Dark Brown Felt 2 soil
pices from brown felt 1 nose from black felt 1 set of teeth from
white felt 2 Grass hills and 3 grass detail pieces from green felt
2 shadow pieces from grey felt For tips on cutting
small pieces
 see or use Andie’s
secures smaller felt pieces with felt glue before stitching<br /><br /><br />down
Mark out eyes and mouth
lightly onto one of the groundhog shapes. Sew hair, belly,
nose and teeth  onto front it’s helpful to use felt glue tack
down those smaller pieces. It will dry a bit stiff though so it’s
best to use in areas you don’t plan on sewing through
grpundhogg34 Sew grass to front of one
grpundhogg35 Connect grass shape to
soil using a running stitch and matching thread.
grpundhogg36 Repeat with back side.
Secure dowel with hot glue
Using hot glue glue the
dowel to the head part of the  un-decorated side. Avoid the
edges or using glue any place other than the head. Lay decorated
piece on top  and allow glue to cool.
Stitch around the outsides
of both pieces to connect them using matching thread and an
overcast stitch. Add grass details to each side. You may want to
wait before sewing up the bottom to more easily slide the cup inside.
Cut the center from the
cup you will be using. It’s really important to cut this as cleanly
as possible this will insure Bill can make an easy escape should
it be  too chilly out.
Fit cup inside groundhog puppet
Slide the paper cup into the grass sleeve it should stop itself about halfway up the soil.
Fold felt over<br /><br /><br />cup bottom and secure with glue Fold the overhang into the cup and secure to the underside with hot glue.
grpundhogg40 Attach knob to the end of
your dowel with hot glue – (I clearly over glued here.)
Shadow finger puppet
To make shadow simply
overcast around the shadow template leaving the bottom open. Happy
Crafting and Happy (almost)  Spring- Andie

Felt puppet toy in action

Print at full size


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2 Responses to “Peek – a – Boo Bill – Felt Pop Up Groundhog Puppet Tutorial”

  1. Georgina January 30, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Reblogged this on Sweetpea the Snail and commented:
    OMG, if only I would do this, this would be the ultimate of uber projects. As it is, American Felt have done it: Groundhog Puppet & its Shadow!


  1. Peek–a–Boo Bill–Felt Pop Up Groundhog Puppet Tutorial | Felting | - January 30, 2014

    […] love felt and thinks it is one of the best fibers to work with created this tutorial for us “Peek–a–Boo Bill– Felt Pop Up Groundhog Puppet Tutorial” and he is a cutie.  The felt groundhog puppet also has a shadow friend. Groundhog’s Day is […]

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