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

  • puppet pattern
  • By Jay Nielsen

Vulpes Vulpes, or more commonly known as the red fox, is the largest and most widespread of all the true foxes. They are clever dog-like animals… that love to learn about HTML! The name of this particular fox is Daisy. She’s a web development expert and star of her very own video diary (as seen on With these step-by-step instructions, you will be able to craft the very same fox puppet featured in Daisy’s Web Development Diary.

Before you begin, please read through the instructions carefully and expect to spend about 3-5 hours making your puppet. Are you ready? Lets get started!

Gather the puppet making materials

Purchase, borrow, or otherwise scrounge together the following materials:

01 - gather supplies

Prepare the printable puppet pattern

Print out the complete fox puppet pattern available here: Ensure that any automatic “page scaling” options for your printer have been disabled. The pattern is optimized for standard US letter 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Once it’s printed out, cut along the thick black lines.

02 - cut puppet pattern

The dashed thick black lines indicate parts of the patten that need to be taped together.

03 - tape puppet pattern pieces together

When everything is cut out and assembled, it’s time to move on to tracing the pattern.

04 - fox puppet pattern cut and ready

Trace and cut the fleece puppet patterns parts

It’s easiest to trace and cut as you go, one color at a time. We’ll start with orange since that’s our main color. The body, part of the arms, and part of the ears all use orange fleece. There are two sides to the fabric known as the “wrong” and “right” sides. The right side is the side of the fabric you want to show when everything is all sewn together. Look at your fleece and decide which side is wrong and which side is right. The fleece I chose was furry on one side and kind of flat on the other, so I determined that the right side was the furry side. Always trace the pattern pieces on the wrong side.
Another thing to consider when tracing your pattern is the grain of the fabric. The grain is the direction of the threads of the fabric that run parallel to the selvage. The selvage is the machine-finished edge of the fabric. I traced all of my pattern pieces parallel to the grain of the fabric. Fortunately fleece is a very forgiving fabric, and you don’t need to be too exact with your alignment.

Fold one side of the orange fabric over and line up the dotted edge of the body pattern along the fold. Trace the pattern with your marking tool of choice and cut through both layers with sewing sheers.

05 - align body pattern on fold

06 - trace fox puppet body pattern

07 - cut out fox puppet body pattern

08 - fox body pattern cut out

Trace and cut both the ear and arm #1 pattern pieces twice.

08 - trace fox arm pattern

That’s all for orange fleece, so fold up the remainder and roll out the white. Locate the chest, face, and ear patterns, and begin by tracing the chest once.

09 - fox puppet chest pattern

Then trace the face pattern once, flip it over, and trace it again. Don’t trace the same side twice or you’ll end up with a two-faced fox. The worst kind of fox.

10 - trace one side of fox face

11 - trace opposite side of face

Now trace and cut the same ear piece that we used on the orange fabric twice.

12 - cut fox puppet ears

Continue cutting out the remaining white fleece pieces.

13 - cut remaining white pattern pieces

Once you’ve cut and put away the white fleece, we can move on to the black. Locate the nose and arm #2 patterns. These parts can be tricky to trace if you’re using a marker, but it’s still doable. The nose piece, like the face pattern, needs to be traced, flipped over, and traced again.

14 - trace nose pattern

15 - trace opposite nose pattern

Trace the arm #2 pattern twice and cut out all of the black pieces.

16 - trace arm pattern

Trace and cut the puppet mouth patterns

That’s it for fleece, lets move on to the mouth patterns. Trace and cut the red felt pattern, the two stiffened felt patterns, and the foam sheeting pattern.

17 - trace felt puppet mouth pattern

18 - trace stiffened felt puppet mouth pattern

19 - trace foam puppet mouth pattern

20 - cut foam puppet mouth pattern

Trace and cut the puppet rod pockets

Using a scrap of any light and sturdy material you have available to you, trace and cut the rod pocket pattern four times.

21 - trace rod pocket

22 - rod pocket traced 4 times

With all of the pattern pieces cut out, it’s time to move on to step 2: sewing and assembling a fox puppet.

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