As a gift for a delightful three year old little girl I designed and made a glove puppet.
A new creative experience, using paper art techniques learned in my paper artworks and textiles and sewing techniques learned in beauty bag creating, the development of the toy is shown in pictures here.
I chose bold colours, cute icons – bluebird, butterflies, flowers and tried to use elements in threes (such as buttons) for counting practice as it was a 3rd birthday gift. 🎁
Completed paper design ready for scanning. I then printed the scan onto special paper using special inks that transferred the fabric design onto the satin fabric when I placed them together in the heat press.
Added a fleecy wadding behind and then stitched into the two layers to accentuate elements of the design with a quilting effect that has a lovely feel and makes the light bounce of the shiny satin. Some hand sewing of some embellishments too.
< img src=”https://52artchallenges.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/img_0789.jpg” class=”size-medium wp-image-4234″ height=”2150″ width=”1612″>The design trimmed down to a seam allowance and then piped the opening with contrasting ribbon next – lush colour.
All sewn, personalised and with a care label inside, ready to be posted to spread a little happiness for Chloe’s 3rd Birthday.
I’m pleased sed with the design – the colours, the vibrancy, the face – I realised that cute is not easy and I’ve learning to do there. I was less happy with the structure, my husband likened it to an oven glove 🤣, but my sewing skills developed as a result of the project, and achieved what I set out to do and from design creation to posting in just 10 days (in a busy December period).
I hope little Chloe will enjoy the puppet and feel inspired by something uniquely made for her. I suggested to her mummy that when not being played with the puppet could be popped on a plastic bottle for display.
This project came out of my previous work in paper and fabric design, here are posts showing this work…