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.

Looking for the up and Down little boy costume? Click HERE.

Up and Down Penguin DIY (free pattern)


 

Oliver Jeffers Up and Down little boy and penguin costume DIY || cute story time book handmade halloween costume


 

Materials needed:

  • Penguin pattern, download HERE
  • Black / white / orange knit fabric (upcycled T-shirts works great)
  • Stuffing
  • Coordinating thread
  • Ball point sewing needle
  • Sewing machine and basic sewing essentials
  • Embroidery thread & Needle

 

Instructions:

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…

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

Happy Sewing!

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(Click on the above image for the Printable)