Stella would make the perfect accessory for a little one's bedroom or play space. A quick and easy make, you'll have her stitched in no time. Knit her scarf with just a small amount of yarn in a single colour, or use lots of different coloured scrap yarns for something bold and stripy!
You will need
20½ x 11½in (52 x 29cm) of dark gray felt for body and wings
6 x 9½in (15 x 24cm) of white felt for face/belly panel
1¼ x ¾in (3 x 2cm) of yellow or peach felt for beak
1½ x ¾in (4 x 2cm) of black felt for eyes
Approximately ½oz (15g) of mustard-yellow ﬁngering weight (4-ply) yarn for the scarf
US1 (2.25mm) knitting needles
Basic sewing kit
Embroidery floss (thread) to match each felt colour
Peachy-pink pastel or blusher
2 x ¼in (6mm) buttons to attach wings
About 4oz (110g) of toy stuﬃng
Cutting out the doll
Cut out two bodies, one base, and four wings from dark gray felt. Cut out face/belly from white felt. Cut two eyes from black felt. Cut two beaks from yellow felt.
Body and face
- Baste (tack) the face/belly piece onto one of the penguin body pieces, then backstitch all around the edge of the white panel. Remove the basting (tacking) stitches.
Tip: As the face/belly panel is quite big, I choose to secure it with basting (tacking) stitches instead of using a glue pen. It would require a lot of glue to hold it in place, but basting (tacking) stitches will hold it ﬁrmly, and they won’t get in the way as pins sometimes can.
- Using the photographs as a guide, sew the eyes in place with blanket stitch. Embroider eyelashes and add highlights with French knots in white ﬂoss (thread).
- Pin the front and back body pieces right sides together and backstitch around the sides and the head, leaving the base open.
- Turn the body right side out and stuﬀ it. Stuﬀ the head and body quite ﬁrmly, but leave the very bottom of the body only lightly ﬁlled for now; as you sew in the base you can add more stuﬃng to make it ﬁrm.
- Turn the penguin upside down and place the base over the opening at the bottom. Use ladder stitch to sew the base to the body all the way around. Add more toy ﬁlling as you go, but don’t over-stuﬀ or the base will become rounded and the penguin won’t stand up straight.
- Place the two beak pieces wrong sides together and whip stitch around the sides and tip of the beak; leave the base open and don’t cut the ﬂoss (thread). Take just a pinch of stuﬃng and roll it between your ﬁngers to make it smaller and sturdier, then add this to the inside of the beak, and snip oﬀ any excess.
- Hold the beak in place on the face with two pins. Ladder stitch all around the base to sew it in place, removing the pins as you go.
- Add a little colour to the cheeks using the pastel or blusher
- Place two wing pieces wrong sides together and whip stitch all around the edges, adding a very light padding of stuﬃng. You need just enough to give the wing a bit of body but not enough to change the shape of it. Repeat to make a second wing.
- Add the wings in much the same way as adding the doll arms. Use a long doll needle and sew back and forth through the arms and the body, adding buttons at the end for extra security.
Seed (moss) stitch scarf
Cast on 11 stitches.
Every row:K1, p1 to the end of the row. Rep this row for around 29½in (75cm). Bind (cast) oﬀ .
Tip: If you aren’t a knitter, either ask a knitting friend to whip up a scarf for you, or make a fabric one yourself from a strip of jersey or ﬂeece fabric. If you do knit, try casting on more or fewer stitches to make a thicker or thinner scarf, and play around with diﬀerent weights of yarn and sizes of needles. Use scraps of yarn to make stripes. Design your very own mini scarf!
This project is taken from Sew Your Own Animal Dolls by Louise Kelly.