June 27, 2012

Ready for the next free pattern?

Here we go, this week, it's the turn of the Matriarch of the family,

You will need...

14 x 16 cm of felted wool for the body (although if you have no felted wool, just use fabric)
8 x 18 cm of felted wool for the base, eyes and wings
4 x 8 cm of craft felt for the beak
4 x 4 cm of craft felt for the flower
8 x 10 cm of fabric for the tummy patch
8 x 12 cm of fabric for the wings
2 small buttons for eyes & 1 extra for the flower
2 large buttons to attach the wings
Toy stuffing
Selection of embroidery thread (I used pearl cotton 8, but any will do)
Small pebble to weight the bottom
Small piece of card for the internal base

Plus the usual suspects, pins, needle, scissors etc…

Before you begin, print out the templates so the complete image is a finished size of  12 x 12 cm, that should make them the correct size to work with, any problems with that though, just send me an email (there's a link in the sidebar -->)

Step 1 : For the body, cut two shapes using the templates provided from the felted wool.  Pin, right side together and stitch, roughly 0.5cm away from the edge leaving the turning gap open.  Turn the body right side round, and fill with the stuffing.  Keep going until you are happy with the shape, then make a well within the base of the stuffing for the pebble.  Pack the pebble in place by adding a bit more stuffing and finish off by cutting a small oval shape from the card (cut this by eye as it’s hard to give an exact size due to the felted wool stretching when stuffed) and place it just inside the open end.  Cut the base piece from the felted wool, place it over the open end to cover the hole and secure in place with random straight stitches.  

Step 2 : Place the felted wool for the wings wrong side together with the fabric.  Cut out one wing and join both layers together with blanket stitch around the edge.  Attach to the side of the penguin with a large button.  Flip the wing template, and repeat for the other wing. 

Step 3 : Cut two circles for the eyes from the felted wool and stitch onto the face with one of the small buttons in the center of each eye.  Cut out the beak, fold in half and attach along the folded edge with random straight stitches.  From the fabric, cut out a tummy piece and sew into place again with random straight stitches.  To finish off, cut out the flower, and attach to the head with a button in the center.

(templates, just drag & drop the image onto your desktop to print)

As is the rule of thumb with all my free patterns, YES  ...you can sell what you make (as long as you don't go into mass production),  just add a copyright mark to say ⓒ Lucykate Crafts... within any written description and also make sure you join the Lucykate Crafts... Pattern Pieces Flickr group to show off what you make.  Tune in next week for the final free pattern in this series!


tinajo said...

Oh my - so very cute, thanks! :-)

Quietly Otaku said...

So sweet! A very cute penguin family : )

Simone de Klerk said...

These are adorable. Thank you for the tutorials!

Old Magnolia Tree said...

Wow these are totally adorable. I have to make them tomorrow because my daughter has just seen the picture of them and wants them. Thanks for the pattern.

Unknown said...

My first thought, seeing as I am a lover-of-felt projects (and cat's), was "ahhh, so cute"! Thanks for the pattern and gorgeous design idea! I've posted a link to your site on my blog - http://deedledeedoodles.blogspot.com

XmasOrnamentsWorld said...

My son loves penguins. Thank you for the tutorial.

Isabella Fanado said...

For the final step, cut an oval from a card (size may vary due to felted wool stretching) and place it just inside the open end. Cut the bottom part from the felted wool making it cover the open end secure this in place by randomly using straight stitches.

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