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.
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…
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.
Simple, but not perfect.
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.
Make the cut slit the same size, or just a hair smaller, than the beak.
You may want to add a bit of stuffing to the beak now, as it is harder to do later.
Notice how the arm seams are at a 90 degree angle from the side seam.
Smoosh that sucker down!
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.
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 :).
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…