The summer term is always packed with exams and stressing students but the one breath of fresh air is the middle school play which is an adaption of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere called 'London Below' and the set is currently being constructed, script being written and the props are being made...
I sometimes dread when my head of department writes the scripts as you never know what props she is going to come up with. The latest one that she wanted some rats made which can sit on your hand but also not look realistic and look handmade... This is right up my street!
I first made a paper version at my desk to work out how big it needed to be and then took it apart to make a template.
I then found some scraps of felt that I had in my stash of stuff which sits in a basket and cut out a body in the felt and stuck it together.
I cut out two ears and sewed them on and added scraps of red for the inside of the ears.
With a length of red material I rolled it up into a tail - and the fact that it is very creased seemed to help!
I sewed the eyes and added the whiskers...
And voila! A quick rat puppet!
When I make the next ones I hope to do the following:
1) sew down the body to make the seam join stronger
2) use embroidery thread for the eyes to make them stand out a little more
3) stiffen the felt with starch spray to make it more rigid!