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Happy Little Penguin

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Category Sewing
Type Toy
Sizing Children
Style Funky, Cute, Whimsical, Casual
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What materials did you use? Black and white fleece, black and white polyester thread, black embroidery thread, brown paper bag, sharpie, polyester stuffing.

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What are you most proud of? My original design. If I had more time I'd put the pattern up for sale on Craftsy. Perhaps it will be my first pattern as a Designer after the first of the year. It took some adjusting to achieve the design but I had a lot of fun in the process. In the end he looks like I imagined he'd be. He's quick to make. From idea to the finished toy took only a few hours. I started in the evening by creating the pattern. The most time consuming thing was embroidering his features. Aside from the fleece everything I used I already had!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Go ahead, put the ideas in your head on paper. I used a large brown paper bag for the pattern and a sharpie to highlight the middle. This makes transferring the features to fabric easier. Add a seam allowance to the edge to accommodate stuffing. Don't add a seam allowance to the applique in the middle. When stuffing fill the extremities first. Use a blind stitch to close the opening. Design takes some work but in the end you'll feel quite satisfied!

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My Mom made our youngest daughter a Panda Bear Pillow after she visited them at the Washington National Zoo. She had that pillow for years & years and still talks about it, did I mention our daughter is now 41 and still talks about her 'Panda'! Wishing you the same kind of wonderful memories with your grandson....Merry Christmas, great project and great story ;)

12/17/2012 Flag

Oh thank you for sharing your daughter's story. My grandson has a lot of "guys" already and several of them are penguins. Picking who gets to sleep with him is part of his bedtime ritual. Of course the first thing we'll have to do is give him a name.... Merry Christmas!

12/17/2012 Flag

As always, you did it again :) .....yes put it on Craftsy! Love it, your biggest fan~!

12/17/2012 Flag

Totally cute Jean, such a great gift. Well done you!

12/17/2012 Flag

Thank you Desna - Happy Christmas!

12/17/2012 Flag

Oh so cute Jean, what a wonderful gift - you are just so clever and imaginative. Well done Jean.

12/17/2012 Flag

Thanks so much Beth!

12/17/2012 Flag

He is so cute and you are so clever to design him yourself. Merry Christmas from Down Under.

12/17/2012 Flag

Thank you! Merry Christmas to you too!

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