I just finished this darling new puppet last night during the Super Bowl. (Click the photos to see more in my shop.) I had to figure out her face and hair. I checked out several sites online with suggestions for putting yarn hair on a doll. Many of them expected more work than was needed since Red Riding Hood has a hood, with only a bit of hair sticking out.
She has a little basket attached to her arm for the goodies she takes to her grandma. It is securely attached so that it won’t be lost by little ones.
In my head I already have ideas for several more puppets, using ideas from this one and modifying parts that did not quite turn out the way I expected. It is funny how I start to make something and end up having to go off in a different direction because some part just is not what I envisioned. Sometimes it turns out great; other times it ends up not quite finished in the bottom of a project bag. Fortunately, this one turned out mostly as I pictured her.
My oldest daughter inspired me to do Red Riding Hood because she wants a red hooded cape from me as the next project I make for her. I have not found any easy to follow pattern for that one yet, so I will probably just wing it.
My projects always start out with yarn in my stash, but somehow I can never quite finish something new without purchasing something. For this doll, I had to buy the yarn for the basket and hair. Everything else was already in my stash. Now, I just need to find many more projects that require brown yarn and the color I used for her skin so that I don’t feel those are just stashed away.
Have you noticed there are several versions of Red Riding Hood? In some versions, the wolf is just killed by the woodsman, but in others, the woodsman cuts open the wolf and then sews him back shut with rocks in his stomach which then causes him to die.
My daughters like this version by James Marshall, but we also have: