Kathryn Ivy

February 16, 2009 - Posted by Alice Schnebly

One Cool Penguin

Little Felt Penguin.

Project Specs
Pattern: Le Penguin by Maritza Soto
Pattern source: Soto Softies BigCartel Shop or Etsy Shop
Finished Size: About 6 ½” tall
Supplies: Small amount wool-blend felt in black, white, and baby blue, 15mm safety eyes, small amount of red wool yarn for scarf.
Date started: 2/12/09
Date completed: 2/13/09

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day weekend! For us V-Day was basically a normal day, but it gave me an excuse to sew up this little cutie for Camdyn! I purchased this pattern before Christmas with hopes to make it then, but with all the knitting going on I never got around to it. Well, my hands have basically demanded a break from extensive knitting so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get out the sewing machine.

I added a red knitted scarf for a little Valentine’s Day charm.If you haven’t seen Maritza’s work yet, you should really check it out. She makes the cutest softies—of which I have amassed quite the collection. When she released a pattern for her darling felt penguins I couldn’t pass it up. I really like how the pattern is laid out, the instructions are clear, and the graphics are adorable! I would recommend it to even a novice sewer. Plus, if you don’t have a sewing machine you could easily hand sew it together instead!

None of the steps are particularly hard, and the penguin comes together quickly, but I still have a new found appreciation for Maritza! Turning the small pieces right side out was definitely a bit time consuming and I can’t imagine doing it for a whole bunch of penguins at once! I used about everything imaginable to turn the pieces, but I found a popsicle stick from Camdyn’s craft supplies (for the majority of the work) and a large sized DPN (for the pointed tips) worked the best.

Isn’t he cute?  I hope to make one just for me soon.My little penguin is sewn out of wool-blend felt. Unfortunately I only had a couple colors of 100% wool felt on hand, and they weren’t right for a penguin so I had to settle for a blend. It performed much better than I expected—and though it’s nowhere near as soft as 100% wool it’s tons better than using acrylic craft felt. I’ve gathered quite a few colors now by purchasing a yard here and there at my local Jo-Ann’s with my 40% and 50% off coupons. The coupons make it really affordable and I’ve purchased blends that are anywhere from 80% to 30% wool for between five and ten dollars a yard.

I really wanted this guy to have a red scarf for Valentine’s Day but I didn’t have any red felt on hand. Instead I decided to quickly knit him up a squishy garter scarf from worsted weight wool. For the scarf I cast on 7 stitches with size US6 needles, and knit for 9 ½” inches. I think it looks adorable and gives him the perfect homemade touch. I thought about knitting him a little hat and some wing-tip mittens but I decided to stop myself before I went too crazy.

I’ll definitely be making this pattern again. I’ve already thought about a few things I’d like to try next time, like enlarging the pattern slightly on my printer (to help easy the turning of the pieces) or mix a fun patterned fabric with the felt for a different look. I think there are so many fun things you could do that would make this pattern fun to make over and over again! Maritza’s also has a free Batty Finger Puppet pattern that looks really fun to make too. I really can’t wait to see what Maritza comes up with next!

 Here are just some of my Soto Softies.  I am always checking her shop updates to find something cute!