Converting a Stuffed Animal to a Vent Figure

“How to” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQiw2VgXKn4&t=26s&spfreload=10

Being a fellow of frugality out of necessity, God led me to create ventriloquist figures cheaply. I find plush animals at thrift stores or rummage sales and convert them into puppets. I have about $3.00 in this one, counting glue and felt. I mean for this to be a help to others that have tight budgets.

I am learning what to look for in plush animals. #1 is the size must be big enough to be seen well. #2 the mouth must be big enough to fit my hand, # 3 does the construction of it lend itself to conversions?

This is a step-by-step conversion of a frog into a ventriloquist figure.

Froggie has a big enough body and mouth.

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However, the depth of the head is shallow. This was a bit of a problem. The design of the head wasn’t very good for converting.

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The first step is to open the back seam and remove the stuffing that is in the way.

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Next I turn the head inside out and cut any threads that the manufacturer had to maintain the animal’s shape.

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Next, I cut the threads of the mouth seam and measure and fit cardboard for the mouth.

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Fits well.

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Now to cover the cardboard in fabric. I used pink felt for this one. Cut and glue on the back side of the cardboard.

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I then made a sleeve (a cylinder shape that fits around my forearm) to go from the mouth to the back seam. This keeps my hand out of the batting and therefore making a mess.

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I then put the sleeve over the mouth and and trimmed it, then glued it on the back side.

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Now I have a basic sock puppet that will go inside the frog.

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I slid the sleeve in the mouth and out the back, then glued the mouth in place.

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I then cut and glue the sleeve along the opening in the back. (I forgot to take this picture, sorry).

Here is the finished product.

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The shallowness of his head isn’t too big of a deal, but personally I would like it with a thicker head.

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I am learning to pick better animals.  Sometimes I just get one for clothes or eyes for another figure. Contrary to what some people may think, I can learn and am learning. The trick is to remember what I have learned.

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