Penguin Stuffie Sewing Pattern

Winter is on it’s way! And what better way to prepare than make this adorable penguin? Okay, so I kind of actually don’t like winter. I do, and I don’t. I like the decor, actually a lot. But the miserably cold weather and slushy snow, I could definitely live without. The decor definitely cheers me up and makes it all worth it. I developed this pattern for a penguin a few years ago for a special request. I made one for myself as well, and thought it was time to share!Sew Jersey Mama | Sewing Pattern | Sewing Tutorial | Penguin Sewing Pattern

I would say this project is intermediate or advanced beginner level. It’s not hard, per say, but there are a few tricky spots when attaching the head. I have made my penguins with regular quilting cotton, but I’m pretty certain this would be adorable in minky or fleece. Working with minky will definitely make this a bit more challenging though because it tends to be slippery. I love getting my fabric at fabric.com because of all the choices and great prices.

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(By the way her adorable socks are available on amazon here.)

The great thing about this penguin is that there are no small parts so it is definitely safe for babies and kids, just make sure your seams are strong. You can also use this as decor if you are making it with fancier fabrics.

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Sew Jersey Mama | Sewing Pattern | Sewing Tutorial | Penguin Sewing Pattern

The sewing pattern and tutorial for Penny the Penguin are available for just $2.99 in my shop right here. It’s an instant download PDF. All you need to do is print it (making sure not to scale it), and cut out the pattern pieces and get going! Click the photo to go right to the pattern!

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I hope you enjoy!

Please check out my elephant stuffie pattern here !

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Car Trash Bag Sewing Tutorial

As a busy mom who is always on the go, my car can get pretty messy real quick. We can all relate to cheerios and goldfish all over the place, but then there’s the occasional water bottle, apple sauce packet, gas station receipt, etc. You get the idea, and I’m sure you can definitely relate. I don’t think of myself as a messy person, but there’s only so much I can carry into the house, holding the child at the end of the day, so the water bottles etc sort of get left behind.

It was about time that I solve this problem. Since I’m a creative, and visual person, I decided to make my very own car trash bag! I love it!!! I found this adorable retro mod upholstery fabric at a local fabric warehouse and lined it with this cute floral print I have been dying to make myself something with. It has been a serious game changer in the car. I throw any trash in there right away, and when its full, I just take the bag and toss it, and put a new bag in.

While I got my fabric locally, I still highly recommend checking out fabric.com. It is a great resource with all types of fabric at unbeatable prices.

 

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So here’s how you can make one yourself!

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What you’ll need:

-1 11 x 18 1/4 inch piece of fabric for the outside (I highly recommend thicker decorator fabric or something like a canvas or cotton duck)
-1 11×18 1/4 inch piece of fabric for the inside (A cotton woven works great)
-2 6 inch in diamater circles (1 from the outside fabric, and 1 from the inside)
– Material for the strap. I prefer to use 1 inch twill tape for any sort of strap, but you can also make a strap with your fabric. **The length will depend on a few things… I added a snap feature so I don’t have to worry about the lenght of the strap to get it over certain things in the car. If you don’t want to use snaps, you may want to measure what you’ll be hanging it over so you can get it on. For example, if you’re hanging over the headrest the strap will need to be large enough to fit over, vs. hanging over the shifter.**
-Optional Snaps. I use KAM snaps, but if you’re ordering from fabric.com, you can pick up babyville snaps here. You’ll want to get the pliers kit as well. It’s a bit of an investment but these will come in handy as you realize snaps are awesome! If not, a sturdy velcro will work for this or a button.

Pellon 70 firm stabilizer for liner to wrap plastic bag around. I would get about 1 yard. This can be purchased at fabric.com here.

After all the materials are prepared, you will start by sewing the seams for the inside and outside tubes. With right sides in, sew the seam with 3/8th inch seam allowance. You will be stitching the shorter ends of the fabric. Do for both the inside and outside piece. Iron the seams flat.

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The next step is a little bit tricky. With the right side of the outside fabric still in, pin the outside circle piece to the bottom of the tube (also with the right side facing in). Pin it the same way for the inside fabric. Carefully and slowly stitch around the circle.

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

If you are using twill tape, another strong ribbon-like strap, or any strap with a snap, fold over the end of the longer piece twice, and stitch to make a nice finished end. The shorter piece will be folded over in half. You can stitch along the edges to help keep it in place.

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

You will then pin the straps to the outer tube (with right sides still facing in). Pin each piece (or each end) about a half an inch from the seam. Make sure it is sticking out from the top a little to ensure its not too close to the seam.

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Now you will insert the inside tube with right sides facing out (right sides of the inner and outer pieces should be facing each other). Line up the seams, and pin together. Stitch around the circle, leaving a 2-3 inch gap (do reverse stitch at either end) to turn it right side out.DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

Turn the bag right side out, and push out the seams. Carefully iron around the top seam, pin down if needed, and top stitch to close the whole and keep the seam in place. If you are not adding a snap to your strap, you are almost finished. Skip ahead to find information about a plastic bag liner insert.

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

Now you will add the snaps to the strap. Make sure the snaps are facing the right way so they line up with either end of the strap.

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**To make the liner insert to hold a plastic bag, use Pellon 70 Cut a piece about 9X16 (check the height of your finished bag and cut the liner about 1-2 inches lower. You may need to make adjustments to the circle), and sew the seam. Turn the tube around and insert into the trash bag. Now you can slide your plastic bags over the tube instead of covering the beautiful car trash bag you just made.

 

Make sure to pin this for later!

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If you liked this project, you may like my Plastic Bag Holder easy sewing project. Store all the plastic bags nicely and organized that you get from the market you can use to line this trash bin!

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Easy Plastic Bag Holder Sewing Project

Hi everyone! I’m back after taking a long break to move and get settled. One of the things I wanted to get a handle on right away at the new place was those reproducing (I swear the reproduce) plastic bags! I actually prefer using reusable bags but seeing as they were packed away in an unknown box up until recently, I managed to accrue quite a few of those plastic bags. Not to mention, there are always those times you’re out and you forget the reusable bags at home (hint – best place to leave them is in the car). I still manage to forget them sometimes! I decided to make myself a plastic bag holder.

 

Anyway, here’s a super quick and easy beginner sewing project for a plastic bag holder that will help you keep all of those plastic bags organized.

You will need:
– The usual (scissors, ruler, pins, thread, sewing machine)
– A fat quarter (will be using 22×18 inches) of a heavyweight cotton such as a canvas print from the decorator fabric section.
– An 8-inch piece of 1″ twill tape, or rope, or any sort of strong trim you can use to hang the finished holder.
– An 8-inch piece of elastic at least 1/2″ wide and probably no wider than 1″
– That’s all you need!

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The first step will be to cut your fabric. It will be 18 inches across and 22 inches long. I really need to get a cutting mat, but for this I used a long ruler, a marking pencil, and scissors. If it’s not exactly perfect, it won’t make much of a difference for this project.

Once it’s cut, we will iron down from the top (one of the 18″ sides) about 1/2 inch, and then fold over itself another 1/2 inch to make a nice edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also fold over the bottom, but this time make sure the amount is enough that your elastic will fit through, as well as room for the seam allowance. So My elastic was 3/4″, so I folded over about 1″ and then again, folded that over itself an inch. Then ironed it nice and crisp.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we’ll stitch along the folds to hold them in place. I usually use a small seam allowance about 3/8th, 1/2″ also works. Be mindful when stitching the bottom that your elastic will still fit through the “pocket” after stitching.

 

 

 

 

 

After that, we will pin a safety pin to one end of the elastic so we can pull it through the pocket we made at the bottom of the fabric. Pull the elastic through until the end reaches the end of the pocket. Carefully stitch this down with a few straight stitches back and forth, as well as a zigzag stitch for extra security.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue to pull the elastic through to the other end as it starts to bunch up. When you reach the other end, stitch this end down the same way as before.

You’re almost done! Now we will fold the fabric in half with right sides facing in, and pin the edges so it can be stitched up. Then you will stitch up the side, making sure to do about an inch reverse stitch at the beginning and end. For this project, I used a straight stitch, but if you have a serger you can also use that. If you are doing a straight stitch, use pinking shears to trim the seam to help avoid fraying. If you don’t have those, you can do a zig zag stitch near the edge to help.

Now you will take your twill tape, ribbon, rope, or any other strong trimming piece, and fold over it in half, pin it to the top, and stitch it down. I used a straight stitch in two places for extra strength.

You’re finished! See, I told you that was quick. Turn your bag holder right side in, and hang on the wall. You’re ready to fill it with plastic bags 🙂

 

If you were looking to buy one, I’m hoping to have these available soon, but in the meantime, please check out my store with adorable baby and toddler items here -> SHOP

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If you like this, you will love my tutorial for my car trash bag! It helps me keep my car clean!! See it here!

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