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Today I have a tutorial for you to make the lovable penguin based on the book Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers.

After falling in love with the story, I started to look at the illustrations a little closer and realized that it was totally something I could recreate. The penguin is simple enough, and cute enough, that it was worth the effort to try.

And I am so happy I did! The pattern, which can be found HERE, is for a KNIT version. in other words, I did not try it with a non-stretch fabric – but rather made it from a bunch of old T Shirts and scrap fabric I had lying around.

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Want to make your own Up & Down Penguin? Here is what you need to do…

First, print out the pattern which I linked to above.  Once you have all the pieces cut out…
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I added a little embroidery stitching, to give it a more handmade effect.  In the illustrations, there was a lot of gray – so I thought the embroidery would pick up on that.
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Simple, but not perfect.
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You can of course do buttons for the eyes, but I was giving this to my infant – and I worry about him biting one off and choking on it…hence, embroidery.
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Make the cut slit the same size, or just a hair smaller, than the beak.
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You may want to add a bit of stuffing to the beak now, as it is harder to do later.
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Notice how the arm seams are at a 90 degree angle from the side seam.
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Smoosh that sucker down!
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You have to really fluff the penguin’s stuffing to make it not lumpy (since we used T Shirt fabric).  The knit doesn’t hide the lumps as well as regular woven cotton.
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And there you have it!  The adorable Up & Down penguin!  Pretty simple, right?  Use the printable I put in yesterday post and attach it as a gift for the little man or lady in your life…

Later on this week I will show you how to make the helmet so that your Penguin can fly :).

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!





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