A while ago, a friend sent me an email asking how I would go about making finger puppets like these. While mine are a little goofy compared to those pictured, this is my answer. I cut up some old sweaters, sewed on bits of felt where it suited my fancy, and then sewed them into finger-like shapes.
I thought about giving them eyes and mouths and stuff, but it made them a little creepy. I prefer the faceless monster look.
Another recent foray into toy making? A pair o' felted bouncy balls.
They were inspired by this knitting pattern, but rather than taking time to knit them, I felted them instead.
I bought some regular bouncy balls at the store--these are about as big as a baseball--and covered them with wool. The blue one is wool roving, the purple one is some leftover wool yarn. (If you use yarn it really needs to be 100% wool--none of this super wash stuff, or it won't felt right.)
Once the balls were adequately wrapped, I put them into a pair of old hose, tying knots in between each ball. An old towel will work for this too--it's just something to hold them together and keep the fuzz out of your washing machine.
Then into a hot washer they went, then to the dryer, then back to the washer--and so on and so forth for I don't know how many times. I washed these the first time by themselves because I was afraid the purple would bleed, but once I was sure it wouldn't I just put them in with our regular laundry for a couple of weeks.
I had to do just a little bit of hand-felting and needle-felting at the end to really get a nice round shape and tack down a few loose bits. The bounce is very nice though. Enough unpredictability and spring to be fun, but not so much that they're scary to play with inside the house.