Penguin Feet That Work
Here's how I applied a
bit of topology to attach the feet to the "Tux" penguin pattern from
minimizing the hand-stitching required to finish the project.
This may be a bit difficult to follow, since you can't see me waving my
hands. I'll try to make it clear with diagrams shaded to indicate
"inside" and "outside" fabric surfaces. In all cases here,
"inside" is used to refer to the side of the fabric that ends up hidden
inside the penguin, and "outside" to refer to the side that's
showing. If the fabric has a nap or other texture on only one
side, you probably want that to be on the outside of the penguin.
In the diagrams, this
shading will indicate the "outside" of the
fabric used for the penguin body. This shading with stripes
will indicate the "inside" of the
penguin body fabric. This shading will indicate
the "outside" of the fabric used for the penguin feet. And this
shading with stripes will indicate the "inside" of the
Invert the foot through the hole, and smooth out the fabric as well
as you can. It will probably be a bit crumpled and bunched
together at the hole, since the cut edge of the fabric around the hole
is smaller than the stitched circle. You should have the
"insides" of the two pieces together, with the cut edge of the hole
between them; the body "inside" and the foot "outside" will be facing
Put the second foot piece on top of the first foot piece, "outside"
to "outside", the second piece's "inside" will be facing you. You
may wish to pin them together. Stitch the foot pieces together
around the outside edges -- just the foot pieces, not the body
fabric! Again, you may wish to finish the cut edges of the
fabric; remove the pins if you used them. This should be the
Finally, invert the foot back through the hole. Result: all
the outsides are outside, all the insides are inside, all the fabric
edges are likewise inside. When you stuff the body of the
penguin, you can also stuff the feet through the holes.
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