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Stuffed Penguin Tutorial (Free Pattern)

August 16, 2011

cute stuffed penguin with free pattern download!

Meet Paco the penguin…

…he is a little reserved, likes to keep things cool, and tries to avoid crazy situations…

…he is a great friend and loves to keep little kids company!

You might have seen my recent post (and free pattern) for making a cute stuffed sea turtle – well immediately after I finished that, I set on making this cute guy.  I have a friend for whom I knew I wanted to make one sea turtle and one penguin, so I was super excited to get them both going!

So, here is my little tutorial on how to make your OWN Paco the penguin…or Pete…or Paul…or Prakash =)

First, download and print the pattern pieces (this is made for US Letter size paper, although size is not a huge issue here…but know that printing this full size on an 8.5×11 size paper does not yield a huge penguin…so if you want something bigger, you will need to enlarge it!):

link for free pattern for cute stuffed penguin PDF

(Please note: This Pattern is only for personal use.  It is copyright protected and not available for commercial use without expressed permission from JAS Photography LLC.  Please email info@jas-photo.com if you would like a commercial license for this pattern)

Next, cut out your pattern pieces:

You need:

1) 2 body pieces

2) 1 face

3) 1 tummy

4) 2 outer black eyes + 2 inner white eye reflections

5) 1 nose

6) 2 feet

7) 4 arm pieces

fabric pieces cut out for a cute stuffed penguin from free pattern

Then put your face together.  Start with the outer black eyes, and then put the white eye reflections on top.  I did not agonize too much in placement…just eyeballed it.  That’s kind of how I roll for all things.  I used a straight stitch to put the eyes on, and as you can see below – I tried both a straight stitch as well as a quilting applique technique for the nose.  I like both, but I feel like the applique stitch in the contrasting thread looks like too much!  Maybe if it was in the same color it would be ok.

sewing face of stuffed penguin from free pattern

Here is a close-up of the two faces with the different stitches for the nose.  You can decide what you like better!

straight stitch applique of nose on stuffed penguin


Nothing fancy…but cute anyways!

traditional applique stitching for nose on stuffed penguin

Of course after I tried the applique stitch, i then found the matching thread color…oh well…

penguin with face and tummy attached

Next put on the tummy.  Again, I used a straight stitch just inside the edge of the tummy.

simple smile stitched on stuffed penguin face

Then you attach the feet.  I found the right color thread here, so I used the applique stitch for the feet.

attaching the feet onto stuffed penguin

Just make sure not to put them too close to the bottom because the outer 1/4-1/2 inch of the whole side will be stitched into the last seam.

completed feet applique for stuffed penguin

So here is Paco the Penguin’s finished front side!

one completed front of stuffed penguin

Next take 2 hand pieces, right sides together, and stitch from the beginning of one curved edge, up to the point, and down the other curved edge.  keep the straight edge open so you can turn it inside out and stuff it.

stitching arms of stuffed penguin

Once you have done that for both arm pieces, turn them right side out, and stuff them with stuffing.

both arms stitched on stuffed penguin

Then close the arms with a straight stitch along the straight edge.  Then place the arms on the RIGHT side of the front of Paco, and line up the raw edges as you see below.  Then straight stitch it into place.  Make sure to stitch FARTHER from the raw edge than the previous seam used to close the arm.

arm stitched onto stuffed penguin

arms stuffed and sewn onto body of stuffed penguin

Are you excited??  We are almost done!

twin stuffed pengiuns

Ok next, take the front piece, and put it right side down on the back piece (right sides together).  Pin them in place.

stuffed penguing pinned together before sewing

I think it is helpful to have the front piece on top when you are sewing so that you can see the other seams and make sure you sew outside of the seams for the face and tummy, but inside the arm seams.  Make sure to leave about 1.5 inches open along the bottom of the penguin’s body.

stuffed penguing pinned together before sewing

Then turn the penguin right side out through the open part of the seam, and stuff it with your stuffing of choice.  You can also put a little jingle bell inside at this point if you like.

turn penguin right side out after sewing around edges

Don’t stuff too much, otherwise the shape of the penguin will be kind of funky…

stuffed penguin toy before opening is closed

Once you finish stuffing the penguin, sew the opening closed (I hand sewed this part) and you are done!

Now let Paco free to have some fun!

And make him a friend!

cute stuffed penguin with free pattern download!

Have fun and I would love to hear your comments/suggestions for improvements.  Thanks!

(Please note: This Pattern is only for personal use.  It is copyright protected and not available for commercial use without expressed permission from JAS Photography LLC.  Please email info@jas-photo.com if you would like a commercial license for this pattern)

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