This adorable felt penguin craft is a great project for sewing beginners, as they get to practice their cutting & sewing skills, and get a penguin too!
Kids love learning new things (even though they may not always seem to!) What’s more, they love showing off their new skill, and love experimenting with what they’ve just learnt. Yes, it does create some messes, but that’s part of the process!
Honestly, I envy that about kids – they have such a pure sense of curiosity, devoid of any bias or judgement. They approach everything new with an open heart, and they give their all to it. Now, if only we, as adults, could approach learning in the same way!
So parents, make the most of this lovely age, and let your kids learn whatever they want to – don’t worry if they drop it a few days later. It’s the experience that counts! Today, we’ve got a cute little project for kids who’re learning to sew, and one they are sure to be excited about – an adorable felt penguin craft!
Adorable Felt Penguin Craft for Kids
- Craft felt in multiple colors
- Pom poms
- Cotton wool or felt scraps for stuffing
- Needle and thread
How to make the Felt Penguin Craft:
1. Download and print the template for the felt penguin craft. The template includes the penguin’s base and front, the feet, beak, wings, hat as well as bulbs and string.
2. Trace and cut out the template pieces on felt sheets of the appropriate color. Here we’ve used black for the penguin’s base and wings, white for the front, red for the hat, orange for the beak and feet as well as brown for the string. You can use multiple colors for the bulbs.
3. First assemble the light string. This is easy – simply sew the light bulbs on to the string, so the pointed ends of the bulb are freely hanging.
4. Next, get the penguin’s face ready. Stitch on some black eyes (you can draw an outline first if you like) and sew on the beak.
5. Now that the front is done, attach it on the base pattern by sewing all around it.
6. To the back of this base, stitch on the feet and wings.
7. Then attach the bottom half of the base and secure in place by sewing all around. Make sure to leave a small gap for the stuffing.
8. Once the penguin is stuffed, close the gap by sewing. Now fix the string by stitching the ends to the penguin’s wings.
9. The penguin’s almost done, but something’s missing. The hat! Stitch the hat pieces together and attach a pom pom on the end. Place it on the penguin’s head and you’re done!
If you’d like to turn this into a charm, remember to add a small strip of ribbon or string before you sew the two base parts together, so it’s nice and hidden inside. What I love about this felt penguin craft is that the hat is removable. Here, this little guy is definitely giving of Christmas vibes, but you can easily remove the Santa hat and add a green leprechaun hat – perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
Another slightly more complex modification is attaching velcro pieces on the wings and string, so you can remove the bulbs and add something else, like a garland of spring flowers or a string of hearts for Valentine’s Day. You can also add a little brown scarf for fall by tying some ribbon around his neck. Go ahead and turn this penguin into anything you want him to be!