While I design some crafts with paper, I especially enjoy using my Cricut Expression to make crafts that utilize a variety of mediums. The penguin die cuts from the Jolly Holidays cartridge were the perfect jumping off points for this penguin Christmas ornament. By enlarging the shapes and trimming away the excess I didn’t need, I had a workable sewing-craft pattern. Several of these cute little guys will be following me to my next craft show.
Things You Will Need:
Jolly Holidays cartridge
Sewing machine and black thread
Black embroidery floss and needle
Orange felt scrap
4/0 black snaps (two)
Blush and paintbrush
Christmas fabric scrap
Hot glue gun
Red and white pipe cleaners
Red embroidery floss
Choose the and the on the Jolly Holidays Cricut Expression cartridge. Cut one of each at 7 inches on card stock. Note: Because of the size, you will need to cut each individually on two different sheets of card stock. Trim off the wings, feet and umbrellas from the cut pieces. What you have left over will not be 7 inches tall. The penguin shape and the penguin tummy are the pattern pieces for your ornament.
Place the penguin pattern on a single layer of black felt. Trace around the shape using tailor’s chalk. Place the tummy pattern on one layer of white felt and trace around it using a marking pen. Cut out the felt shapes just inside the traced lines.
Lay the black penguin shape on your work surface. Place the tummy pattern on top of the penguin shape and pin. Sew a decorative blanket stitch around the edges of the tummy using black thread. If your sewing machine doesn’t have a blanket stitch, use black embroidery floss and an embroidery needle.
Lay black felt on your work surface. Place the stitched penguin front on the felt with the right side facing up. Pin the pieces together. Starting just left of the white tummy, sew around the edge as close to the edge as possible. Stop at the right of the tummy. This will leave an opening at the bottom edge of the penguin. Cut out the felt using the penguin’s front shape as a guide.
Starting at the left edge of the opening, sew a blanket stitch around the edge of the penguin. When you come to the right edge of the opening, stop and sink the needle into the felt. Lift the presser foot and rotate the ornament to expose the opening. Stuff the ornament through the opening. Rotate the ornament back under the foot. Lower the foot and continue sewing the blanket stitch across the opening.
Cut a 1/4-inch triangle from orange felt. Using craft glue, attach the triangle 1/2 inch below the top, center of the white tummy. This is the beak. Note: The triangle will have a point that is aiming down. Sew two 4/0 black snaps for eyes, spaced 1/4 inch apart, above the beak. Apply blush to the cheeks of the face using a paintbrush.
Rip a 1/2-inch-wide by 15-inch-long strip of Christmas fabric. Tie the strip into a bow. Trim the ends. Using hot glue, attach the bow below the beak.
Cut a 6-inch length from both a red and a white pipe cleaner. Hold the two pieces together and twist into a candy cane spiral. Form one end into a hook. Hot glue the cane to the right hand edge of the tummy.
Stitch a length of red embroidery floss to the top of the ornament for the hanger.
Tip: Do not stuff the ornament too full. Over stuffing will make it difficult to align the edges of the ornament while stitching it closed on the sewing machine.