DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Penguin Hat Craft
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
This is a simple sewing project. The seams don't need to be hemmed, but you do need to sew one edge to
make a "tube". It just takes a needle and thread, not a sewing machine.
NOTE: You can also use a purchased black hat and add the felt
penguin face for an even quicker project.
We live in Canada so nice warm
hats are handy parts of Halloween costumes. Add black pants a black
jacket and a white shirt for a simple costume. Or make a
black cape to go over a white shirt for something a bit fancier.
- black polar fleece (16" x 20" piece for age 12 thru adult, 12" x
15" for younger children).
- White felt (one piece)
- pink felt (small scrap)
- orange felt (small scrap).
- two black buttons.
- needle and thread (we used white thread for the entire project
as I find it easier for children to sew with a contrasting color).
- one foot piece of black wool (any color would work if you don't have black).
- Paper and printer (though you can free hand the templates)
Instructions - Make the hat:
- Put the fabric around the head of the person wearing it
if you want to check the measurement. Polar fleece
stretches so you don't need it to be exact.
- Fold with right sides together (again, polar
fleece doesn't really have a right side so don't worry too
much) and sew a seam up the 16" side to give you a tube
- I use a blanket stitch but a running stitch works fine
too (don't be fussy, just have fun and sew!).
- This is a great first sewing project for children
about age 8 and up.
- Use a contrasting thread color if you're new to
sewing... It's easier if you can see your thread!
We used white.
- Optional: roll the brim of the hat up a couple
times and put a number of single stitches in it to help it
stay in place
- I like to do this as I don't like when my brim unrolls!
- Don't sew a long running stitch on the brim... When
your hat stretches on your head your thread will break
- Instead, sew a single stitch and tie it off.
Move about 3" along the brim and sew a second single
stitch and tie it off.
- Repeat until you have about 8 single stitches tied
off all the way around the brim.
- Put the hat on the head (right now it's open on top!)
and tie a piece of wool around the top to close it off:
- tie it nice and tight and it won't slip but if
you're worried, you can use a darning needle to stitch a
long running stitch around the top and then pull that
tight (this is a job for a more experienced sewer).
- Use a pair of scissors to cut the top scrunched up
left over material down to the tie about every inch to
make a fringe. This will make the top left over
material look like a cute pom pom on top of the hat
Instruction - Add the Penguin:
- Cut a heart shape from white felt and chop the bottom point off
- Cut two small circles from pink felt as cheeks.
- Cut beak (triangle) from orange felt
- Position the white heart shape just above the brim of the hat and pin.
- Use a single stitch to sew on the beak and pink felt cheeks.
- Sew on two black buttons as eyes.
- You can add a few more single stitches with white thread to attach the penguin to the hat
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
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