It’s Penguin Awareness Day and to celebrate, Debra Quartermain is sharing an adorable, DIY Sock Penguin. This little penguin got the memo about casual Friday and instead of a fancy tux, Debra’s little penguin sports a casual, polka-dot turtleneck sweater. Too cute! Debra and others have shared oodles of penguins on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and I’ve also linked to a round up of penguin crafts. (If you love a good sock craft, don’t miss Debra’s Sock Owls.)
To make a Sock Penguin, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 1-1/2” and 3” balls
- Socks: one white tube sock and one polka dot sock
- Felt, 9” x 12” sheet in white, black and orange
- Buttons: two ¼” and two ½”, in pastel colors
- Pompoms: 1” in white and 2” in black
- Pearl head quilt pins in black, two
- Floss, ½ yd. in white
- Powdered blush or chalk in pink
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; paper; ruler; round toothpick
To make a Sock Penguin:
1. Build the body: Press one side of the 3” ball on a tabletop, flattening it so that it will stand on its own. Press one side of the 1-1/2” ball on the table. Pick and glue the two balls together by placing a dab of glue on the ends of the toothpick, and inserting it into the round top of the 3” ball and the flattened side of the 1-1/2” ball. Add glue and press the two pieces firmly together.
2. Stretch the white tube sock over the body, beginning with the head. Pull the sock all the way down so it covers the bottom ball. Cut off the excess sock, and stretch and glue the ends to the bottom of the ball. Add pins if needed to help hold the sock in place. Keep the sock as smooth as possible so the penguin will stand.
3. Sweater: Measure 5” down from the top (cuff) of the sock, and cut. With the cut edge at the top and the cuff at the bottom, pull the tube down over the penguin. Roll the top of the sock tube at the neck to make a turtleneck. Glue two ½” buttons to front.
4. Cut another 5” length of sock and turn inside out. Tie off one end with floss for top of hat. Turn right side out. Roll up open end 1” to make a cuff. Stretch the hat onto the penguin’s head. Glue two 1/4” buttons to the cuff.
5. Blush cheeks. Insert quilt pins for eyes.
6. Using the patterns, cut out the following:
- A beak and two feet from orange felt.
- Two feet and two wings from white felt.
- Two wings from black felt.
7. Pinch beak in half and glue in place.
8. Glue the white feet to the orange feet, and the white wings to the black wings.
9. Glue feet to bottom of penguin. Glue wing ends to either side of penguin.
10. Glue white pompom to top of hat and black pompom in place as tail.
Adorable! If you’re looking for a more formal penguin, suited up in tux, or penguins skiing, sledding, fishing, or even napping, don’t miss this Penguin Craft Round Up.
Who has crafty, weekend plans? I’ll be at Creativation in Phoenix, which is the new name for the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Show. It’s a new name, new venue, new adventure! I also hope to see Debra Quartermain while I’m at the show. You can stop in and say “hello” to Debra right now over on her blog.