While it might seem like an obvious comparison, as I was designing this little guy, I realized potholders are much like puppets. I feel rather silly having never thought of that before now.
To make your own penguin pot holder, you will need:
- The Pattern – download from Craftsy HERE
- 1/4 yard of cotton batting
- 1/4 yard of black cotton fabric
- 1/4 yard of white cotton fabric
- felt (white, black, yellow, and red)
- matching thread
How to sew a Penguin Pot Holder
- Cut two of the main body pieces from the black fabric, two from the white fabric, and four from the batting. (I did NOT include a seam allowance in the pattern. You will need to include a seam allowance when cutting out the body piece)
- Cut the white belly patch from the white fabric (do not include a seam allowance)
- Cut the facial features from felt
- Pin two layers of batting to the wrong side of each of the black body pieces
- Stitch the white belly patch to the black front body piece (I used the appliqué stitch on my machine)
- Using black thread, stitch small semi-circles to the top of the felt beak
- Stitch the facial features (inner eyes, outer eyes, beak, and bow tie) to the body piece
- Match up each black piece with a white body piece, right sides facing, and sew a straight line across the bottom
- Unfold each set and lie flat on top of one another with the right sides facing, matching the black pieces with each other and the white pieces with each other.
- Pin and the sew all the way around, leaving a gap at the top of the white pieces (far left in the above photo)
- Clip along the curves, especially in the head (to give the penguin’s head a more circular shape)
- Turn the entire thing right side
- Using a ladder stitch, close the gap in the white fabric
- Stuff the white fabric inside the pocket formed by the body of the penguin
- Align and press the bottom seam
The penguin can easily be changed from a boy to a girl by cutting the bow tie from pink instead of red and moving it to the head, instead of the neck.
I’m pretty sure my first penguin has been confiscated by my daughter to join her collection of puppets (you can find many of the puppets we made for her here) but I plan to make a few more of these for Christmas gifts.
Hope you enjoy the penguin potholder as much as we have!