Our pattern of the month is the bald eagle! To celebrate we are offering a free coloring page that could also be turned into a stick puppet. And in later blogs we will have free downloads of a bald eagle paper bag puppet and a pattern to make a simple felt hand puppet which requires no sewing!
Fun Facts About Bald Eagles
The bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States of America since 1782. But starting in 1950 its numbers started to go down dramatically due to the use of DDT as a pesticide. Thankfully, due to conservation efforts, its numbers increased and it can continue to be our national bird. They make their homes in large trees near bodies of either salt or fresh water. And they like to play. Bald Eagles have been known to play with plastic bottles or other objects to be used as toys. One observer witnessed sticks being passed between six bald eagles while in midair.
Other fun facts about bald eagles are:
- They can reach speeds of 30 mph while flying and 100 mph while diving
- They can live up to 30 years of age
- Female birds are larger than male birds
- They can see for about two miles
- They are a spiritual symbol for Native Americans
Upcoming Bald Eagle Craft Activities
In our next bald eagle blog, we’ll be sharing a few ideas and links for some fun bald eagle craft activities that we found around the web. We’ll also have a free download pattern for the kids to make their own bald eagle paper bag puppet. You can also check out our Puppet of the Month Pinterest Board.
Until then, enjoy our free download of a bald eagle coloring page for the kids to color! It can even be cut out and glued to a craft stick to make a stick puppet!
Need a Puppet with a Moving Mouth and Makes Expressions? We’ve got the pattern!
You can buy the Bald Eagle Puppet Sewing Pattern here. It is available as a digital download so you can start sewing immediately. Each pattern has step by step instructions and free video tutorial. In fact you can watch our free tutorial on how to sew the bald eagle puppet right now! Beginner sewists have complimented us on how easy they found our instructions to follow. We recommend using fleece and felt to make our puppets because these fabrics are readily available from craft stores, inexpensive, washable and easy to sew.
What our customers are saying:
“Pattern is well written and easy to follow.”
“These are awesome looking puppets. I love them!”