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Stitch a sock puppet Abraham Lincoln
Sock puppet Abraham Lincoln is similar in most ways to
his human counterpart. He was the 16th Sock Puppet President of the Sock Puppet USA, serving from March 4, 1861 until his assassination. A noteworthy difference
is that sock puppets are invincible unless completely destroyed, so he recovered nicely and moved to a llama farm. Unlike his human counterpart, he is also super good at making paper planes and throwing huge theme parties.

Yay! It’s our first “real” person puppet! Abraham Lincoln is a pretty simple puppet, though we see a big hat for the first time. As I’ve mentioned, when you meet “real” people among these puppets, note that they are the sock puppet versions of their human counterparts. There are subtle differences. Abraham Lincoln is one of the first famous people I made as a puppet; his design is simple and he holds a special place in my heart.

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© 2023 Marty Allen / CICO Books · Reproduced with permission. · Sock Puppet Madness by Marty Allen is published by CICO Books at £12.99 and is available from www.cicobooks.com
  • Step 1

    Once the sock is reversed, add the oval of green sticky felt for the mouth interior, cut slightly smaller than the cardboard oval, and put a medium amount of head fluff in the top for structure.

  • How to make a character plushie. Sock Puppet Abraham Lincoln - Step 2
    Step 2

    EYES: Lincoln’s eyes are two small, lidded almonds. Using white craft foam, cut out two ½ in (13 mm) ovals. Using a black marker, add a black dot in the center of each. Cut out two small brown lids, about half the size of the eyeball. Attach the lid to the eyeball, being careful not to cover over the eye dot—nobody wants a sleepy president. Glue each eye 1⁄8 in (3 mm) up from the mouth, and
    ¼ in (6 mm) apart.

  • How to make a character plushie. Sock Puppet Abraham Lincoln - Step 3
    Step 3

    NOSE: Mr. Lincoln commanded the respect of the nation, and he had a big old nose! Using yellow craft foam, cut out a 1 in (2.5 cm) long tapered triangle, ½ in (13 mm) wide at the base. Glue it tucked tightly between the eyes, slightly overhanging the edge of the mouth.

  • How to make a character plushie. Sock Puppet Abraham Lincoln - Step 4
    Step 4

    BEARD: Cut out a rectangle of gray fur about 3 in (7.5 cm) long x 2 in (5 cm) wide. Glue along the edge of the bottom of the mouth, letting the remainder hang forward over his body.

  • How to make a character plushie. Sock Puppet Abraham Lincoln - Step 5
    Step 5

    HAIR: Using more gray fur, cut out a small rectangle about
    1½ in (4 cm) x 1 in (2.5 cm). Glue it about 1½ in (4 cm) back from the eyes, slightly to the left, in order to leave room for his mighty hat.

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