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All this month, we're cracking open Quirk Throws You 5 Awesome Parties for how-tos to help your holiday party be The Greatest. This week, we'll show you how to make an adorable Plush Penguin. (This tutorial is also available in Craft-A-Day.) When you have a friend close by, the frigid days of winter feel a little bit warmer. Send your party guests home with a pocket-size penguin who will keep them company even in the worst of winter weather.

What you'll need:

  1. Pencil
  2. Parchment paper
  3. Scissors
  4. Black, white, red, and yellow felt
  5. Sewing thread
  6. Sewing needle
  7. Fiberfill

Directions

  1. Trace this penguin template onto parchment paper with a pencil. Make separate tracings of the outside shape, inside shape, and the penguin’s eyes, beak, and bow tie.
  2. Cut out the parchment shapes, and trace each shape onto black, white, red, or yellow felt. Cut an extra piece out of any color for the back of the penguin.
  3. Arrange shapes as in the photograph to form the front of the penguin. Sew together using a straight stitch.
  4. Align the back piece with the front. Use a blanket stitch around the outside edge to sew the front and back together. Leave a 1-inch opening along the bottom.
  5. Stuff with fiberfill. Use a blanket stitch along the bottom to sew penguin closed.