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Sew a Penguin Hand Warmer!

Today’s contributor is Crystal from Stitched By Crystal. All posts written by Crystal for Make It and Love It can be found HERE.

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Hello Make It & Love It readers! Crystal here, from Stitched by Crystal.  It’s getting cold out and today I have a fun tutorial to keep little (or big) hands warm!  I made these sweet little penguin shaped hand warmers for my kids and they just love them. So today I am going to show you how to make penguin hand warmers of your own!

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These little penguin hand warmers are made of fleece and filled with rice.  A few seconds in the microwave makes them toasty warm and they can be slipped in your pocket before going out in the cold to keep your fingers from getting chilly.

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Of course, penguins love the cold too, so during the hot months you can throw them in the freezer and they make great boo boo cold packs!

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These penguin hand warmers are really fun for kids, but they would make a great gift or Stocking Stuffer for anyone on your list this year!

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Want to make your own penguin hand warmers?

Great! Let me show you how!

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SUPPLIES for Penguin Hand Warmers:

  • Small scraps of fabric (I used fleece and it helps to keep the heat in, but a cotton could be used as well.)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Rice
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Penguin hand warmer pattern, found HERE
  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (here’s a list of common sewing supplies, in case you need a few ideas) 

***Check out this Sewing Terms 101 post, for additional help.


Cut all your fabric using the pattern pieces.

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Place two wing pieces right sides together and sew around the curved edges with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Repeat with your remaining wing pieces.  Turn the wings right side out and set aside.

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Repeat those steps to sew the feet pieces together

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Position your beak piece on the right side of your face piece and sew it in place around the edges.  Then position your face on top of one of your body pieces and sew it in place around the edges.

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Using your embroidery thread sew french knots for the penguins eyes.  Push your needle up through the fabric, wrap the thread around the needle about 5 times, then push the needle back down through the fabric close to where you started.  Repeat for the second eye.

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Baste your feet and wings to the edges of your body and face piece.

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Place your remaining body piece on top, right sides together and sew around the edge with a 3/8″ seam allowance leaving a 1″ opening at the top.

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Turn your penguin right side out through the hole, use a funnel to fill him with rice.  Sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch.

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Your penguin is done!

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To heat him, place him in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Polyester can melt if it gets too hot so don’t heat it longer than 30 seconds or you will have a mess in your microwave…or worse case scenario a fire!

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Thanks for reading and happy sewing!



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