A great (free) pattern from Purl Bee – I bought their fat quarter packet of black and white “penguin” prints, a square of yellow felt (color Sunshine), and white button eyes. The directions were well-written and easy to follow; I struggled a little until I learned to sew in wider seams along the head and beak (my seams kept splitting when I tugged on the fabric to turn it right side out and stuff it), so I highly recommend giving good seam allowances – there’s a lot of tension exerted on those seams!
Also, I had difficulty sewing the point where the chest meets the sides (right under the penguin’s beak) – I’ll have to experiment with better techniques.
I sewed all three at once and I love how they turned out; the hand sewing portions aren’t bad, just closing up seams on the penguin’s back and wings, and then whip-stitching on the feet. The key is really stuffing them as tightly as possible – it felt like I used up an entire back of stuffing on each, it’s amazing how you just keep stuffing and stuffing and stuffing…but it makes their shape come out looking right.
Bella has suggested that we change their colors and sew love birds for Valentine’s Day…