Start by holding a piece of cardboard so it is comfortable in your grip like a puppet's mouth
Draw around your hand. Make one approximately the same size for your thumb
Now on the thumb piece, draw the lower jaw
Cut them out
Spray glue one side of the cut outs and some scrap fabric (this will not be seen). Glue them with about 1/8" to 1/4" space between for a hinge.
cut it out
Glue a piece of fabric, bias tape or something across the fabric side of the mouth for your thumb and finger holds. Make this easy enough to get int, but tight enough it holds your fingers.
wrap a piece of 1/4" foam around the top part of the mouth so it extends past the back of the mouth. Note: I should have given myself another 2" on each side here.
Spray glue the edge and top inch or so of the foam where it will meet the mouth. Also spray glue the corresponding top of the mouth (see next photo)
attach the foam to the mouth so there is an over hang of 1/2"-5/8"
Fold the edge of the foam 180 degrees so that it connects to the mouth top, forming a nice lip
Do the same for the bottom
Cut the top of the head to the desired shape. I added an additional pie-cut on the side to add additional 'roundness' to the shape.
another view- glue these cuts together
Shape the chin. The pie-cut in the middle here forms the initial curve of the chin. The two to each side adds to the curve
The jaw shape is finished off with a little swoop up from chin to jaw.
Here you see the piece I had to add in to the head since I cut it short as mentioned in the earlier picture
Here is how the chin looks when glued
Take a square of foam and stuff it with scrap. Tie a rubber-band around the end. Make two smaller ones. This will be the nose
Cut a * shaped hole where you want the nose to be centered
Spray glue the hole and the rubber-banded end of the nose and push it through the hole
Off-set two smaller holes for the nostrils and do the same.
Also do similar for the eyes (ping-pong balls)
And we have a face
What??? I said I forgot the ears!
Cut a < shaped hole. Spray glue both ear and hole and insert.
Now I have to wait for part 2 of the instruction!