Yarndango Finished Project Sixteen Venus Fly Trap Finger Puppet

I am going easy on myself this week because I’m still working on writing up the pattern for my working candy dispenser, AND the holidays are fast approaching, AND I have swap items and gifts to make, etc.  I’m sure you all know the feeling so I won’t go on and bore you with my list.  I WILL tell you that this is a quick and dirty little design that I thought up, and crocheted just this morning so I could get back on track with my Yarndango schedule.  But it’s cool because it uses at two recyclable materials in it.  And I will get the free pattern written out and posted as soon as I can but it may not be until next week.  I will also include a fly for him to try and “catch” when I write up the pattern.  The fly, however, may end up being next week’s Yarndango project itself if I am not on target with my other obligations.  Enough babble, already – here’s the pics:

Amiguruthi also had a post up this week, which includes an adorable pattern for one of my most favorite animals!  Please also note the crafty crazy things she did with two plain boxes.  I am in awe of the detail on the first one and I love what she did with the second.  Seriously this girl suffers from CRAFTS (Creative Redirection of Attention and Focus Travelling Syndrome), but we all get the benefit of her free patterns from it as well as inspiration from her creative deas!  🙂

Hope everyone who celebrates a holiday this week has a lovely and safe one!

Venus Fly Trap Finger Puppet Pattern

This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted. It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold. Credit must be given to me as the designer.

Copyright 2012 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

Materials

Soft Worsted Weight Green Yarn
Worsted Weight Brown Yarn
Hook Size F (3.75mm)
Sewing Needle and Invisible Thread
Recyclable Container with Removable Bottom (mine was a cherry tomato container)
Plastic Yogurt Container
Small bit of white fun fur yarn
Small bit of pink felt
Zig-Zag Pattern Scrapbooking Scissors or Pinking Shears and regular scissors
Hot Glue Gun
X-Acto or Razor type Craft Knife

 

Directions

Body and Dirt

Rnd 1 – Make 9 SC in a magic circle (9)
Rnds 2-12 – SC around (9), switch to brown yarn in last stitch.
Rnds 13-14 – SC around. (9)
Rnd 15 – *SC in each of next 2, 2 SC in next.  Repeat from * around.  (12)
Rnd 16 – *SC in next, 2 SC in next.  Repeat from * around (18)
Rnd 17 – *SC in each of next 2, 2 SC in next.  Repeat from * around (24)
Rnd 18 – *SC in each of next 3, 2 SC in next.  Repeat from * around (30)
Rnd 19 – *SC in each of next 4, 2 SC in next.  Repeat from * around (36)
Rnd 20 – *SC in each of next 5, 2 SC in next.  Repeat from * around (42)
Rnd 21 – *SC in each of next 6, 2 SC in next. Repeat from * around (48)
Rnd 22 – *SC in each of next 11 SC, 3 SC in next.  Repeat from * around (56).  My container has rounded square corners so this round accommodates that.  If your container is shaped differently, then the object is just to cover the bottom of it with “dirt.”  You can also add some pretty rocks or gravel when the project is finished if you like.

Leaf

Row 1 – CH 4 (one is to turn), turn and SC in back bump of last three CH (3 SC).  CH 1, turn.
Row 2  – 2 SC in first SC, SC in next, 2 SC in last SC (5 SC).  CH 1, turn.
Row 3-  SC across (5 SC). CH 1, turn.
Row 4 – SC 2 TOG, SC, SC 2 TOG (3 SC). CH 1, turn.
Row 5 – SC 2 TOG, SC (2 SC). CH 1, turn.
Row 6 – SC 2 TOG (1 SC).  Finish off.

Head

Rnd 1 – Make 6 SC in a Magic Circle (6)
Rnd 2 – *2 SC in each of next 2 SC, Slip Stitch in next.  Repeat from * around. (10)
Rnd 3 – *2 SC in each of next 4 SC, Slip Stitch in next.  Repeat from * around (18)
Rnd 4 – *2 SC in each of next 8 SC, Slip Stitch in next.  Repeat from * around (34).  Slip Stitch in next stitch and finish off.
Use yarn tails to attach to top of body with wrong side facing up.

Roots (This is the part under container that protects your finger from sharp plastic edges of the container.)

Turn venus fly trap upside down and attach brown with SC to underside in any SC near the finger hole.  Make 2 SC in each stitch around.  There will be a small jog at the end to join with slip stitch to the first SC since work was done in a spiral.  This will not be visible as this piece will be under the container.

Putting it All Together

Attach leaf to body of Venus Fly Trap using tail ends to sew on.

Cut circle from yogurt cup that is slightly smaller than open head of Venus Fly Trap.  Tip:  Use the bottom of the cup – it’s already circular and you can just trim it smaller!  Cut circle in half.  Use scrapbooking zig-zag scissors to cut teeth on outer edge of circle.  Use regular scissors to cut inner edge of circle out so it is shaped like a letter “C”.

Cut circle from pink felt and sew in place with invisible thread to top of open mouth.  Sew a bit of white fun fur to each half of mouth.  Then glue plastic teeth in place to cover edges of pink felt.

Use X-Acto knife to cut hole in center bottom of container large enough for your finger AND yarn.  I cut my hole about 1-1/2″ in diameter.  File away any rough or sharp edges as best you can with a file.

Place finger puppet onto container and pull “roots” through to the bottom – this small lip of yarn will be an added protection to any sharp edges that might come in contact with your finger.  Glue dirt in place where it meets the container so finger puppet will remain in place when you are playing with it.

 

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4 comments for “Yarndango Finished Project Sixteen Venus Fly Trap Finger Puppet

  1. November 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    My CRAFTs has only gotten worse since I was diagnosed. I think it may be degenerative and possibly even fatal. I may have as little as sixty or seventy years left. Better get the hooks out again…

    Venus Fly Trap looks ace – can’t believe it’s only a mornings work!

    Thanks, Ruthi! Well, I had been thinking on it for a while before putting it together so that helped, plus it is a finger puppet and I’m getting pretty used to those! I love them. Gosh I hope CRAFTS is NOT fatal. I don’t want to die until I’ve made everything I want to! LOL. 🙂

    • Kim
      November 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      I have this image now of someone suffering from CRAFTs drawing their last breath and then bursting into a cloud of glitter and confetti …

      The Venus Fly Trap is adorable. It’s strange, it doesn’t have eyes and yet it seems to have a really sweet and cheeky expression. Very cute 🙂

      ROFL – OMG, Kim – that is too funny. And I would think that would be the perfect way for someone to expire from CRAFTS. Very appropriate! Thanks about the Venus Fly Trap. I debated whether I should put eyes on him but I thought I’d rather leave his expression a bit vague and eyes might make him too goofy. He’s not goofy, but not too evil either. He’s just a carnivorous plant, doing what he’s got to do. LOL. Of course, anyone who makes him can feel free to give him a different personality. 🙂

      • Kim
        November 22, 2012 at 2:41 am

        I think you made the right choice. He looks great without the eyes 🙂

        Thanks, Kim. I really had a tough time deciding on that one.

  2. Janice
    November 22, 2012 at 4:03 am

    I suffer from craft over drive.. I have I swear a million
    Things that run through my head.. Alot of sleepless
    Nights.. Lol I am still working. On how to get my ideas
    Out of my head and Into action. Lol

    Sounds familiar, Janice! I keep trying to find those little pockets of time where I can concentrate long enough to work on getting some of those ideas out of my head. They just haunt me if I don’t get them out. LOL. Definitely suffering from CRAFTS.