I simply love this little fellow! As I was working up this pattern, my daughter took one look at him and decided that she had to make all of her teachers one for their holiday gift. We worked together to make 5 penguins in about 2 hours including the dry time for the glue. :)
- felt in black, white and gold
- embroidery floss in black, white and gold
- crafting glue (Elmer's doesn't work well!) (Not Pictured)
- scissors, not your good fabric scissors!
- coordinating ribbon for the hanger
- polyfil or filling of choice
Cut out all of your pattern pieces as directed.
Glue the flippers and feet in place on one body piece. Do Not glue to closely to the edge. You won't be able to stitch him together very easily if you do. Allow to dry.
On the other body piece, glue the stomach and beak into place with just a tiny amount of glue. Allow to dry.
Using the basting stitch, stitch around the edge of the stomach with white floss. Also do the same stitch on the beak with the gold.
Make the eyes using the french knot (5 wraps).
**If you don't want to do a french knot, a seed bead or sequin would work well here.**
Lay the front body piece on top of the back, hiding the glued flippers and feet. Trim away any odd bits of uneven black felt if needed.
Fold the ribbon in half and pin into place in the center top of the penguin.
Starting at the bottom right (or left, doesn't matter which) corner of the penguin, start a whip stitch by hiding the knot in your thread between the two layers of black felt. Begin stitching.
When you come to a flipper, stitch through the flipper. Do the same when you come to the ribbon and feet. Stop stitching when you reach the opposite side of the penguin body. This leaves you the entire bottom of the ornament where the feet are located open for the next step.
Fill your penguin with polyfil. Whip stitch this remaining area closed. Knot your thread about 1/8"-1/4" away from the felt. Place your needle between the two layers of stitched black felt. Pull the needle out through the back which should cause your knot to go into the penguin to "hide".
Check out my other Stashbustin' Ornament Patterns in My Tutorials!