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So easy to make, these little guys are created from the fingertips of a black glove.
These Penguins make gorgeous ornaments on a Christmas Tree, look very cute in a glass bauble and could even be used as a cake topper (I did!).

Posted by Claire - Craft Schmaft from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia • Published See Claire - Craft Schmaft's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a penguin plushie. Penguin Ornaments - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start by cutting the glove fingers off, approximately 5cm or 2" down from the top.

  • Step 2

    Fill each of the fingertips with toy stuffing (polyfibre fill, eco fill or recycled PET fill) until each penguin nice and plump, the key here is to make them fat! Finish by massaging out any lumps.

  • How to make a penguin plushie. Penguin Ornaments - Step 3
    Step 3

    To close the Penguin, thread a needle with black cotton and put a knot in the end. Fold over the raw edge of the glove and begin drawing opposite sides in together, gathering and stitching in each of the edges as you go (see diagram). Secure the thread, trim and set aside.

  • How to make a penguin plushie. Penguin Ornaments - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut out your little white felt pieces for the body and face using the Penguin Face Pattern provided. Print at 100% and cut to fit your penguins - they'll all be slightly different sizes so the face pattern is graded for you. Using chalk, mark the position of the eyes and beak onto the felt. Satin stitch, with embroidery floss, the little eyes and beak. Alternatively you can use a black and yellow fabric marker to draw these onto the felt.

  • How to make a penguin plushie. Penguin Ornaments - Step 5
    Step 5

    Pin the felt faces onto the black bodies of the penguins. Take your needle, threaded with matching white cotton, and begin a row of tiny stitches right around the felt to secure.

  • How to make a penguin plushie. Penguin Ornaments - Step 6
    Step 6

    Here's how your penguin should look like now.

  • How to make a penguin plushie. Penguin Ornaments - Step 7
    Step 7

    To create a loop for hanging the penguin, take a 15cm (5 inch) length of your embroidery perle (or floss), threaded into a needle with a knot in the end. Take the needle through the base of the penguin straight up and out the top of his head. Tug to make sure the knot is secure. Take the needle back down throught the penguin and out of the base. Adjust unit you have the desired loop length and tie off with a knot at the base.

  • How to make a penguin plushie. Penguin Ornaments - Step 8
    Step 8

    Next we'll add the wings and feet.

    Cut little wing pieces and triangle feet out of the black felt.

  • How to make a penguin plushie. Penguin Ornaments - Step 9
    Step 9

    Position and stitch these onto the sides and base of each penguin using whip stitch.

  • How to make a penguin plushie. Penguin Ornaments - Step 10
    Step 10

    You're done!

  • How to make a penguin plushie. Penguin Ornaments - Step 11
    Step 11

    Optional: Carefully squeeze your little penguin into a glass bauble.

  • How to make a penguin plushie. Penguin Ornaments - Step 12
    Step 12

    Hang him from the nearest tree.

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