Craft this Penguin Doll with a combination of machine-sewing, handwork, gluing and fusing.
- Printable Patterns (Below)
- Tracing paper
- Pencil & Ruler
- 44-inch-wide cotton or cotton/polyester check or plaid fabrics—1/4 yard of red/black plaid (hat), 1/8 yard of a second red/black plaid (scarf) and 1/4 yard of black 1/8-inch gingham check (body)
- 1/4 yard of cotton batting (see Editor's Note Below)
- Black six-strand embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- 9- x 12-inch sheet of yellow felt
- 1/4 yard of paper-backed fusible web (see note)
- Buttons—three 1/2-inch red and two 5/8-inch black
- Two 14-inch pieces of 18-gauge wire
- Thick tacky (white) glue
- Red 1-inch pom-pom
- Small rubber band
- Polyester stuffing
- 1 cup of rice
- Small dried beans or unpopped popcorn
- Large glass
- Black thread
- Pinking shears
- Standard sewing supplies
- Download Patterns One, Two and Three and print at 100%.
- Trace body front/back, wing and beak pattern onto tracing paper and cut out patterns. Cut out as directed on pattern pieces, cutting only batting wing pieces from wing patterns.
- Tear a 1-1/2- x 24-inch piece of one red/black plaid fabric for scarf.
- Cut or tear a 6- x 11-inch piece of the second red/black plaid fabric for hat.
- Trace a center front and two wing pieces (reversing pattern for one wing) onto paper side of paper-backed fusible web, leaving 1/2 inch between pieces. Cut out all shapes, leaving a 1/4-inch margin around each piece. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse center front piece to cotton batting and wing pieces to wrong side of black gingham fabric. Cut out along traced lines. Remove paper backing.
- Fuse center front batting piece to body front, positioning as indicated on pattern.
- Bend each wire piece in half. Bend and place one in position on each cotton batting wing piece, reversing one piece. Place a fused black gingham wing on top of each cotton batting wing piece with wire between layers, matching edges to make a right and left wing. Fuse layers together.
- Cut 4- x 4-1/2-inch pieces of the following: two of yellow felt and one of paper-backed fusible web. Matching edges, fuse web piece to one yellow felt piece. Remove paper backing and fuse second piece to first one. Use pinking shears to cut feet pattern out of fused yellow felt pieces.
- Sew penguin front and back pieces together with a 3/8-inch seam, leaving an opening in bottom as indicated on pattern. Sew seam with a small straight stitch and black thread, placing right sides together and backstitching at the beginning and end. Clip curves. Turn right side out.
- Firmly stuff penguin with polyester stuffing to 1 inch from opening.
- To weight bottom, place penguin head first into a large glass and pour rice, beans or popcorn into bottom opening. Fold opening edges in 3/8 inch and hand-stitch opening closed.
- Separate six-strand black floss and use three strands to blanket-stitch around center front batting piece (see stitch illustrations on page 67).
- Use all six strands of black floss to make French knot eyes as indicated on pattern.
- Fold beak along foldline and glue fold to penguin just under eyes along marking. Open beak and place a dot of glue along beak line and fold beak down. Let dry.
- Use all six strands of black floss to attach wings as follows: Stitch button onto black gingham side of wing, then insert needle into neck area of penguin, pushing needle through to opposite side of neck, then through second wing, through button and back through to opposite side as shown here.
- Fasten off floss under wing.
- Glue feet to penguin bottom, positioning as shown in photo below left.
- Tie the 1-1/2- x 24-inch red/black plaid fabric piece around penguin’s neck as shown in photo.
- Fold the 6- x 11-inch piece of red/black plaid fabric in half crosswise, right sides together.
- Glue or machine-stitch 3/8 inch of short edges together, forming a tube.
- Let glue dry.
- Make a running stitch along one 11-inch edge, leaving long thread ends. Gather edge tightly and secure with a rubber band. Turn right side out.
- To form cuff, fold up bottom of hat 1/2 inch twice. Lightly stuff hat and fit onto head.
- Glue hat in place on head with seam in back and glue pom-pom to center top of hat.
- With pinking shears, cut three 1-inch squares of plaid fabric.
- Fringe edges.
- Place a red button on top of a fabric square and stitch to penguin front with three strands of black floss at one position indicated on pattern, knotting ends together on top of button.
- Repeat with remaining buttons.
Editor’s Note: We used Warm and Natural cotton batting and Therm O Web HeatnBond Lite Iron-On Adhesive (paper-backed fusible web).
Finished size: Penguin is 10 inches tall.
Craft originally sent in by Barbara Matthiessen of Port Orchard, Washington