Penguin Dreams

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An utterly adaptable sort this cuddly penguin is nestled in for the night against his nice comfy snowball; he's sure to make winter visitors smile!

Completion time – 2-3 hours


  • Balls, one each: 2-1/2"; 1-1/2"
  • Block, 12" x 10" x 1-1/4"
  • Egg, 2-1/2"
Other Materials
  • Textured snow paint
  • Felt: yellow, 9" x 12" sheet; plush, 5" x 10"
  • piece each: white, black
  • Red fleece fabric, 6" square
  • Plaid cotton fabric, 6" square
  • Blue pompom, 1"
  • Black embroidery floss
  • White confetti snowflake, one
  • Iridescent glitter


  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Scissors
  • Needles: sewing; embroidery, 3"-4" long
  • Strong white thread
  • Extra-long straight pins
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Powdered cosmetic blush (optional)


  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut 8"
    square from foam block. Cut jagged pieces from square to
    create roughly 6"-square iceberg. Glue larger foam ball to one
    side of block. Cut small slice from remaining foam ball
    (head). Cut small lengthwise slice from foam egg (body).
  • 2. Following manufacturer's instructions, apply snow paint to
    snowball and iceberg. While still wet, sprinkle paint with
    glitter; let dry.
  • 3. Cut patterns from felt and fleece as indicated. Cut one 4"
    circle from white plush and one from black plush; cut black
    circle in half (wings).
  • 4. Place body flat side-down on black plush felt, then trace
    oval 1-1/2" beyond foam edge; cut out.
  • 5. To cover foam shapes, center shapes rounded side down on
    corresponding plush felt pieces. Bring felt edges up to flat
    side of foam. Pin at four opposite points. Adjust excess
    between pins; glue to secure. Let dry. Note: Alternate method
    is to sew gathering stitch around felt shape; pull stitches
    tight around foam shape, then knot and clip thread. Glue plush
    felt front to front of penguin's body, overlapping black
    edges; let dry.
  • 6. Thread embroidery needle with two strands floss and secure
    at bottom of head. Bring needle through ball to front of face.
    Sew two small straight stitches for eyes, 1/2" apart, in
    center of face. Take needle back through bottom of head; knot
    and clip thread.
  • 7. Glue long edges of upper and lower beak pieces together.
    Glue beak to center of face directly under eyes. Use fingertip
    to blush cheeks, if desired.
  • 8. Place hat right side up on work surface. Apply line of glue
    along straight edge of hat; sprinkle with glitter and let dry.
    In same way, dot pompom with glue and glitter; let dry. With
    wrong sides facing, glue curved edges of hat together. Glue
    pompom to hat tip. Glue hat to head. Glue snowflake to hat front.
  • 9. Fold each wing in half, wrong sides facing. Glue folded
    corner of wings to shoulders, straight edge up. Glue feet and
    head to body. Glue penguin to snowball at slight upward angle.
  • 10. Pull threads from edges of plaid-square to create fringe.
    Use white glue to draw simple crisscross snowflakes on fabric;
    sprinkle with glitter and let dry. Glue blanket between wings
    as shown. Lightly sprinkle penguin with glitter.