Pengi is a really cool felt penguin softie kids can make. It’s also my contribution to Sew a Softie for Christmas which, as a continuation of Sew a Softie Day held earlier this year, is a fun creative way to get parents and kids sewing together.
I’ve got to say I love penguins. I remember when I was in primary school and they took us to the zoo and I saw a fairy penguin…really cute little fellows we have down here in Australia…and I just fell in love with them and dreamed of having a fairy penguin as a friend who would live at home with me and follow me around everywhere. And besides, “fairy penguin” struck me as the cutest name ever…in New Zealand they call them “little blue penguins” which doesn’t quite sound as magical…although their Maori name “korora” does have a exotic ring for an English speaker like me.
What you need
12″ x 10″ black felt
12″ x 10″ white felt
6″ x 4″ yellow felt
2 small buttons for eyes
Rice for weighting
What to do
Download and print out the template.
Cut out the two halves of Pengi and tape them together.
From the black felt, cut out a penguin shape with wings as shown above. Also cut out the black head stripe above Pengi’s beak.
From the white felt, cut out a penguin shape but without wings as shown above.
From the yellow felt cut out the beak and the two feet.
Pin the black head stripe onto the white penguin shape and position the base of the beak just underneath the stripe as shown in the photo above.
Sew around the head stripe to hold both the head stripe and base of the beak in place. If you want, use glue instead of sewing. Now you can sew or glue on the eyes.
Pin and sew the two penguin shapes together leaving an opening for stuffing. Remember to sew about ¼” in from the edge.
Through the opening in the head, pour in about 1 ½ cups of rice to give weight.
Then add small amounts of polyester fibrefill until Pengi feels and looks right.
Sew the opening closed. Glue on the feet and Pengi is complete. And if you’re worried that it might be an especially cold winter this year, you can make him or her a scarf…or perhaps just a few friends.