There are 18 species of Penguin.
Penguins are primarily found only in the Southern Hemisphere.
'Pop the Penguin'
Soft Toy Tutorial
Penguins lost the ability to fly millions of years ago, but their powerful flippers and streamlined bodies make them very good swimmers.
Penguins can swim as fast as 32kph.
The light front and dark back coloration of classic Penguin plumage is called countershading and it provides excellent camouflage from above and below to protect Penguins in the water.
The content and/or images from this page are to be used for a personal nature only.
Items created from the Free 'Pop the Penguin' Pattern & Tutorial are not to be mass produced and sold for personal gain in any way.
Depending on the species, a wild Penguin can live 15-20 years.
Introducing 'Pop the Penguin'! If you are a beginner sewer this Soft Toy will be super easy for you to make. I have been designing and making Soft Toys for over 15 years, so please do not compare your finished Penguin with mine! The fact is that we all need to start somewhere and from this point on your sewing skills will develop into bigger and greater things. Have fun!
For the Body of the Penguin
Black Fabric: Two pieces of fabric- 11 and a half inches X 13 and a half inches. I chose black fabric with a cream spot.
OR One piece of fabric 23 inches X 13 and a half inches which is folded.
Optional- Quilters Muslin to line the Body of the Penguin. Two pieces of fabric- 11 and a half inches X 13 and a half inches. OR 23 inches X 13 and a half inches.
For the Penguin's Wings
Black Fabric: Two pieces of fabric- 4 and a half inches X 6 inches. One for each Wing.
Cream Minkiee fabric OR a cream/beige cotton fabric OR felt: Two pieces of fabric- 4 and a half inches X 6 inches. One for each Wing.
Pelon (Medium Width) to line the Wings: Four pieces of fabric- 4 and a half inches X 6 inches. Two for each Wing.
Optional- Quilters Muslin to line the Wings. Four pieces of fabric- 4 and a half inches X 6 inches. Two for each Wing.
Let's begin! Click on the button below to download and print off the 'Pop the Penguin' Pattern.
Trace the pattern pieces onto tracing paper (baking paper also works well). Mark all open-seams on the traced pattern pieces.
Ribbon, if you choose have a Top-Knot on the Penguin. I chose two 5 inch lengths in brown, and one 6 inch length in red.
For the Penguin's Features
Pieces of Woolen-felt and/or Pure Woolen Blanketing Fabric. Use the Pattern Sheets as a guide for the amount required. The features on the Pattern Sheets are the actual size they will be on your Penguin.
Colours- Cream or white for the front of the Penguin's Body. Brown and a lighter brown for the Penguin's Beak. Red and Yellow for the Eyes. A White Fabric with a large Black Dot, for the Pupils on the Penguin's Eyes.
DMC Embroidery Thread to Match the Colours of Feature Pieces on the Penguin.
DMC Embroidery Thread in black (for the body), dark brown & light brown (for the beak), red, yellow & white (for the eyes), orange-yellow (for the feet).
Fusable Webbing- Enough for all the Penguin's Features. Please refer to Pattern Sheet 2 & 3 for the exact amount required, as the features on the Pattern Sheet are to scale.
Lead Pencil, Tracing Paper or Backing Paper, Sewing Machine, Cotton (colour to match the colour of the Penguin's Body), Dress Making Scissors, Embroidery needle & Wooden Paint Brush for Turning & Stuffing. Polyester Fill for Stuffing the Penguin.
A sense of humor, patience and alot of Chocolate!
Making the Body
1. Fold the fabric for the body right-sides together, so the reverse side of the fabic is facing towards you. Place the Body Pattern on top of the folded fabric.
2. Pin the Pattern to the fabric. Carefully trace around the Pattern using a lead pencil, following the outside edge of the Pattern. Mark all open-seams on the fabric. Cut out the body shape a good half an inch away from your drawn pencil line.
(Note: In this picture I have used my original design for the pattern, your pattern will be blank. I have also used Quilters Muslin to line the inside of the Penguin.)
4. Fold over the longest ribbon this will be in the centre ribbon for the Top Knot. Fold over the other two ribbons and place them either side of the centre ribbon. Pin the three ribbons together.
3. If you DO NOT want to have a Top Knot on your Penguin please skip Steps 3-5b.
Take the 3 lengths of ribbon, 2 are the are the same in length.
5a. Sew along the end of the ribbon on the sewing machine to keep them in place.
5b. Insert the group of ribbons between the two layers of body fabric. Pin in place so that the sewn section on the ribbons is poking out, from where your seam will be sewn on the body of the Penguin.
6. Sew around the Body Pattern using a colour thread on the sewing machine which is the same colour as the body fabric in this case, black.
Remember do not sew over your open seams. Use a small stitch and stitch twice, as suggested on the page Making Soft Toys the Basics' .
You can either leave the Body Pattern pinned to the fabric and follow the pattern along the edge of the paper as your sewing or, remove the pattern and sew directly on you drawn pencil line.
Click on the title above to find out more information.
7. You have now completed sewing around the body of the Penguin.
Making the Wings
8. To make a Wing you will need a cream or white fabric, I have used Minkiee Fabric. You also need some of the same fabric that you used on the body of the Penguin. I have lined each piece of fabric with Quilters Muslin. You will also need two pieces of medium weight Pelon cut to the same size as your fabric pieces.
Layer the each piece of fabric with the pelon on what will be the inside of the wing.
9. Place the cream Minkiee Fabric on top of the Black Spotted Fabric so that they are right-sides together. Pin the Wing Pattern to the fabric pieces.
10a. Sew around the outside edge of the paper Wing Pattern or remove the paper pattern sew on the pencil line on the sewing machine.
10b. Cut out the fabric Wing a good 1/4 inch away from your sewn seam line.
11. Using your scissors make small snips around the seam of the wing. Be careful not to cut your sewn seam.
12. Cut away some of the excess fabric on the Wing's seam.
13. Turn the Wing to its right side and lightly press the cotton side of the Wing with an iron. Now make the second Wing in exactly the same way as you did the first.
Sewing the Wings to the Body of the Penguin
14. Take each Wing and fold the end of each Wing as shown in the image above. Secure with a pin.
16. The Wing inside the Body of the Penguin. Remove the pin from the folded wing and secure it through the body and folded Wing along the drawn pencil line on the Body.
15. At the open seams for the Wings on the Penguin's Body you are going to insert the folded end of each Wing. The image above shows the positioning of a Wing on the outside of the Body. You will need to insert each Wing inside one of the open-seams on the Body.
17. Sew the Wing in place on the sewing machine. Then, secure the second Wing and sew it in place too.
Trimming the Seam on the Body & Turning the Body
18. Snip the seam on the Body of the Penguin like you did the Wing. Including the seam where the Wings have been sewn in. Be careful not to cut the sewn seam.
19. Carefully cut away some of the seam around the Body of the Penguin.
20. Now you are ready to turn the Penguin to it's right side.
Take your time to carefully push the inside out through the open-seam on the bottom of your Penguin.
Use the end of a 'clean' wooden paint brush to push all the fabric through.
Lightly press the body of the Penguin with the iron to get rid of any creases.
Congratulations! The Penguin is complete... now it is time for Stuffing.
The link oppisite will take you to information about Stuffing which will tell you what to use and how to stuff your Penguin and sew him up.